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The Excellence in STEM Awards, aka the STEMYS, are designed to celebrate STEM education in New Mexico. They recognize students, teachers, schools, businesses and others who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to, and advocacy of, STEM learning. 

Nominations for the 2019 STEMYS are open through December 14, 2018.

Winners will be honored at a ceremony at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday, February 22, 2019. Individual winners will receive scholarships.    

 2018 STEMY Winners

2018 STEMY Winners

Categories Include:

Student of the Year K-8:

A student in grades K-8 who demonstrates a passion for STEM learning through their involvement in school and/or after school STEM activities. The awardee shall show leadership in these activities and should actively inspire STEM learning among their peers. 

Student of the Year 9-12:

A student in grades 9-12 who demonstrates a passion for STEM learning through their involvement in school and/or after school STEM activities. The awardee shall show leadership in these activities and should serve as a mentor for other students. 

Student Team of the Year 9-12:

A team of students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate a passion for STEM learning through their involvement in school and/or after school STEM activities. The awardees shall show leadership in these activities and should serve as a mentor for other students. 

Educator of the Year K-8

A K-8 educator who actively instills a love of STEM learning in their classroom. This individual goes above and beyond to provide meaningful, fun opportunities and resources to their students in an effort to improve STEM competency. 

Educator of the Year 9-12

A 9-12 educator who actively instills a love of STEM learning in their classroom. This individual goes above and beyond to provide meaningful, fun opportunities and resources to their students in an effort to improve STEM competency. 

School of the Year

A state accredited school serving students K-12 which serves as an innovative leader in STEM education. The award is for schools who are finding new ways to develop a love of STEM learning in their students and who are engaging parents and the community through the process. 

Industry Partner of the Year

A private business that contributes to meaningful STEM learning through a combination of mentorship, advocacy, and funding. 

Non-Profit of the Year

A nonprofit organization that demonstrates excellence in providing STEM activities and/ or opportunities. Honorees will have specific goals for their programs and can show a demonstrable impact to the communities they are seeking to engage.

Advisor or Coach of the Year

An individual who serves as an advisor or coach to students in STEM related activities. This person demonstrates excellence in helping their team to set and achieve goals, overcome challenges, and create a final project. 

Mentor of the Year

A current or former STEM professional in New Mexico who is dedicated to fostering the love of STEM in New Mexico students through meaningful interaction. A STEM mentor helps students develop long-term STEM related educational or career plans, and may advise students to help realize these goals.

STEM Community Partner

Our version of a lifetime achievement award. This award will go to an individual or organization with a long history of being a STEM leader in New Mexico. 

For questions regarding the New Mexico Excellence in STEM Awards email us at news@afrlnewmexico.com.