2016 Award Winners Sarah McCamish, Colin Lang, Devon Lee, Sarah Thompson, John Cordier, Layne Steinhelper, and Lynette Embrey
2016 Award Winners Sarah McCamish, Colin Lang, Devon Lee, Sarah Thompson, John Cordier, Layne Steinhelper, and Lynette Embrey
Forum 2015 Chairs
Amanda Bezner, Sara McCamish, MD, Valerie Guenther, Lynette Embrey, and Tracy Williams

Science Education Awards

Each school is encouraged to submit up to two applications. Previous award winners are encouraged to reapply, provided they submit a project update on their past award.

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 9, 2018
  • Winners will be contacted no later than March 1, 2018 to attend a Texas Biomedical Forum Spring luncheon and Science Education Award Presentation on March 7, 2018 at The Argyle.

Award Criteria and Instructions

The awards are given, on a competitive basis, to Bexar County and surrounding area high schools demonstrating the strongest commitment to further the development of innovative and progressive science education programs. The aim is to assist in the purchase of teaching materials for science programs. Both public and private high schools are eligible. Each school is permitted to enter two proposals. Preference will be given to hands-on science projects. Requests for computer hardware or software, video or other technical equipment are discouraged unless used as a interactive, scientific tool. Field trips will not be considered. A detailed pricing estimate of goods needed to complete the project should be included, including any shipping and handling expenses required to obtain the necessary equipment if applicable.

Awards are at the sole discretion of the committee.  Previous winners may apply, provided that they submit an accountability report of their past project by October of the following year.


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 or faxed no later than the February deadline. Late submissions will not be considered.
  • You will be contacted in early March regarding the status of your application.
  • Award recipients will be recognized at a luncheon in March at The Argyle.


Texas Biomedical Forum
Attn: Science Education Awards
Post Office Box 6648
San Antonio, Texas 78209

For questions, email texasbiomedicalforum@gmail.com.

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.