The winners of the 2018 Science Education Awards
The winners of the 2018 Science Education Awards
2018 Science Education Awards
2018 Science Education Awards Luncheon

Science Education Awards

For the past 26 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.

Local high school science teachers, both public and private, in the Bexar County and surrounding areas are encouraged to submit an application online by February 1st to the Texas Biomedical Forum board. The Texas Biomedical Forum and the V.H. McNutt Memorial Foundation jointly award up to $20,000 to the applicants that demonstrate the strongest commitment to further the development of innovative and progressive science education programs. The goal is to assist in the purchase of teaching materials for science programs.

Selection Process

The 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. As always, we wish to thank Valerie Guenther of the V.H. McNutt Foundation, for her time and continued support of this program.

A total of $20,000 is awarded jointly by the Texas Biomedical Forum and the V.H. McNutt Memorial Foundation. If there are not enough qualified applications, not all awards need be made. Previous award winners are eligible to apply again.

Application Process

  • Complete the application online (see below) by February 1.
  • Winners will be contacted no later than March 1st to attend a Texas Biomedical Forum Spring luncheon and Science Education Award Presentation later that month at The Argyle.

Award Criteria and Instructions for the Science Education Awards

  • High school science teachers, both public and private, from Bexar County and the surrounding area.
  • Each school is permitted to enter two applications.
  • Previous winners may apply, provided that they submit an accountability report of their past project by October of the following year.
  • Hands-on science projects are preferred.
  • Requests for computer hardware or software, video or other technical equipment are discouraged unless used as an interactive, scientific tool.
  • Field trips will not be considered.
  • A detailed pricing estimate of goods needed to complete the project should be included with the application, including any shipping and handling expenses required to obtain the necessary equipment (if applicable).  The judges enjoy reading the details of the projects and their impact on students, teachers are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible in relation to materials and scope of the project in terms of scientific teaching and the number of students impacted by the project and if the project will be ongoing.
  • Both the sponsoring science teacher and Principal must sign the application.
  • Awards are the sole discretion of the panel of judges.
  • Applicants will be contacted by March 1st on the status of their application. Winners of the Science Education Awards will be invited with a guest to attend a luncheon at The Argyle in March.
  • Applications can be submitted online or by mail.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

You may also complete the application by downloading it and mailing it to us.

  • Ensure that both the sponsoring Science Teacher and Principal have signed the proposal.
  • Send your completed proposal to the address below so that it is postmarked no later than the February deadline. Late submissions will not be considered.
  • • You will be contacted by March 1st regarding the status of your application.
  • Award recipients will be recognized at a luncheon in March at The Argyle.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

PLEASE MAIL THE COMPLETED APPLICATION TO:
Texas Biomedical Forum
Attn: Science Education Awards
Post Office Box 6648
San Antonio, Texas 78209

For questions, email Forum.Outreach@TxBioMed.org.

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”

2017 Science Education Award Winners

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

1st Place – Tie
Jose Ayala
Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering
“Hunting for New Antibiotics in the Wild”
Identifying possible new undiscovered antibiotic compounds originated from domesticated and wild plants.

Rachael Guillen
Young Women’s Leadership Academy
“Using DNA Technology to Research Genealogy”

Mitochondrial DNA and Alu Insertion Polymorphism analysis to infer overall genealogy lineage.

2nd Place
Jennifer Rice
John Marshall High School
“Forensic Anthropology: Identifying Skeletal Remains”
Using human skeletal remains to accurately Identify the approximate age, height, sex and race of the individual to solve forensic mysteries.

3rd Place
Sarah Thompson
Earl Warren High School
“A Look Inside: Using Preserved Specimens to Further Aquatic Learning”

Expressing internal aquatic anatomy and dissection through hands on learning instruments.