Connecticut Science Teachers Association

" inspire, promote and support the learners of science in the state of Connecticut."

Awards       Grants

Connecticut Science Teachers Association presents awards in support of excellence in science teaching, science learning, and support of science in Connecticut. We partner with other organizations on several awards that are given jointly. The following awards are available. Please consider nominating yourself or another worthy individual for recognition.

Excellence in Science Teaching Awards

This award is bestowed on teachers who have not only demonstrated excellence in classroom science teaching, but who have also contributed professionally by providing workshops and/or other support for colleagues, have demonstrated dedication to personal and professional growth by participating in conferences and workshops, and have been productive participants in extra-curricular activities and community projects.

The Connecticut Science Teacher Association  gives three 'Excellence In Science Teaching' awards each year: Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary.
These awards recognize and honor teachers who epitomize the highest ideals of the teaching profession by:

  • Being effective and innovative classroom teachers of science  

  • Serving as role models for colleagues and providing outreach to colleagues through workshops, publications, school-wide projects, or special events. 

  • Demonstrating a genuine commitment to personal and professional growth (life-long learning) by attendance and active participation at conferences, workshops,graduate courses, and in-service sessions. 

  • Reaching out beyond their classrooms and using their knowledge and talents in community service programs and projects.

Teaching Experience: At least five years of successful science teaching.

Nomination: Online application

Approval: The CSTA Awards committee will review all applications submitted on time. 

Award: A certificate, a $500 monetary award, and attendance for the awardee and a guest of his/her choice at the annual award reception


To nominate a candidate, please contact Scott Johnson at .  Nominations must be received by January 30, 2020

Dr. Sigmund Abeles Science Advocate Award

The Connecticut Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association (CSSA) established this joint award to honor Dr. Sigmund Abeles, State Science Consultant emeritus, for his outstanding leadership and service to science education in Connecticut.

The award is designed to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated staunch advocacy for science education in Connecticut as evidenced by their substantial and sustained support and contributions. Advocacy can take many forms including funds and/or personnel to provide students and teachers with materials, support services, and workshops. It can also consist of contributions of leadership, energy, ideas, innovations, and/or other resources and talents. 
Nominate an individual for the Dr. Sigmund Ableles Science Advocate Award.

Connecticut Science Educator Fellow (CSEF)

The Connecticut Science Educator Fellow Award is the highest and most prestigious award given by the Connecticut Science Teachers Association  to a science teacher who has given sustained and outstanding service to science education in Connecticut. It is bestowed annually to an individual who has:

(1) Been previously recognized for exemplary science teaching,
(2) Provided active and sustained service to one or more state science organizations, and

(3) Has taught for at least twenty years.

Nominate an educator for the Connecticut Science Educator Fellow Award

Babu George STEM Award 


CSTA Lifetime Achievement Distinguished Educator Award

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2018-2019 nomination and application windows for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are now open. Teachers of grades K-6 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply.  The 2019-2020 nomination window will close on April 1, 2020 and the application window will close on May 1, 2020.  Nomination forms

Student Awards

Marty Tafel Scholarship Awards

Two $500 scholarships are awarded each year to the winners of the eight grade Connecticut Science Fair in Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences. The Science Fair is held yearly in March. These scholarships are funded by a bequest to CSTA from Connecticut educator Marty Tafel.

 National Youth Science Camp

CSTA accepts applications yearly for 2 scholarships that cover the costs of a Connecticut graduating senior to participate in the National Youth Science Camp. Applications are open in the early spring.

Teacher Grants

The Connecticut Science Teachers Association provides one or two small grants ($250-$500) each year to CSTA members to provide support for research, innovation, or enrichment activities not usually covered in normal school or institutional budgets.

Applications are due by April 15 each year.             View the grant rubric

"Connecticut Science Teachers Association" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 5, Middletown, CT 06457 Copyright 2016 

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