Nominations/Applications Open for 2019-2020 PAEMST Awards

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

The award recognizes those teachers have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

The nomination deadline for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) is March 1, and the application deadline is May 1. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.

Principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public may nominate exceptional STEM teachers who are teaching grades K-6 during the 2019-2020 award year. Teachers also may apply directly at the program’s website.