Science Education Awards

For the past 27 years, the Texas Biomedical Forum and the V.H. McNutt Memorial Foundation have joined forces for the Science Education Awards. Local public and private high school teachers are invited to participate. The awards are given to the top teachers whose proposals demonstrate the strongest commitment to the scientific process and the further development of hands on, progressive science education programs.
Winners are determined by a panel of judges including Science Education Awards founder, Valerie Guenther, representing the V.H. McNutt Memorial Foundation, and Forum Board Trustees that serve as the Chairs of the Science Education Awards. The panel is rounded out by Texas Biomed scientists.

2020 Science Education Award Winners

Congratulations to these science teachers who are inspiring the scientists of tomorrow!

1st place
Jamie Holbrook
Saint Mary’s Hall
“In Vitro Rearing an Risk Assessment of Honey Bees Following Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides”

2nd place
Jennifer Rice
John Marshall High School
“Every Contact Leaves a Trace: Microscopic Analysis of Trace Evidence in Forensic Science”

3rd place
Susan Barber
New Braunfels High School
“Using Real Time Technology to Evaluate Physics Principles”

2019 Science Education Award Winners

Congratulations to these science teachers who are inspiring the scientists of tomorrow!

1st Place Winner
Dr. Jamie Holbrook
St. Mary’s Hall
“The Effects of Environmental Contaminants on the Development and Functioning of Skeletal Muscles in Zebrafish”

2nd Place Winner
Shawna Lopez
Cornerstone Christian Schools
“Genetic Variation in Successive Generations of Poecilia Reticulatas”

3rd Place Winner
Ivan Banuelos
Earl Warren High School
“The Wonders of Space Exploration: Understanding Technology of Today’s Rovers”

2019 Science Education Awards
Left to right:
Mrs. Valerie Guenther, Mrs. Christina Ketabchi, Dr. Jamie Holbrook, Mrs. Shawna Lopez, Mr. Ivan Banuelos, and Mrs. Heather de Rojas

2018 Science Education Award Winners

Congratulations to these science teachers who are inspiring the scientists of tomorrow!

1st Place Winner
Justina Vidal
St. Mary’s Hall
“Ocean Chemistry and the Effects of Carbon Dioxide Emissions on Ocean Wildlife”

2nd Place Winner
Frank Morales
Thomas Jefferson High School
“CSI: DNA Fingerprint Analysis”

3rd Place Winner
Sarah Thompson
Earl Warren High School
“What Lies Beneath: Investigating Water Quality Using Benthic Invertebrates”

Honorable Mentions

Colin Lang
Alamo Heights High School
“Goddard High Altitude Blood Burst Test”

Katelin Whittaker
Advanced Learning Academy
“Who Needs Energy? An Interdisciplinary, Project-Based Learning Approach to Energy Conversion and Empathy”