PAEMST Award Cycle Now Open

PAEMST Outreach Flyer (2018-2019 Award Cycle)

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for grades 7-12 Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, and/or STEM educators for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.

PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.  Since 1983, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education.  Awardees serve as models to their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education.  Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award for personal use from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Anyone may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website.  To submit a nomination, you will need the teacher’s name, email address, and school contact information.  If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination.  Please note, in order for a teacher to qualify for the PAEMST, they must APPLY and complete the required application process.   The nomination deadline is March 1, 2019. 

Teachers may apply directly and complete the required application process by visiting  The application deadline is May 1, 2019.

If you have any questions for the MDE, please contact Dr. Marla Davis, Bureau Director, Secondary Education, at  If you have any questions for the PAEMST national staff, please email