NSTA offers $1,500 Award for Biotech Teachers
Published on November 12, 2010 by Paul Secor · No Comments
Bio-Rad’s Biotechnology ExplorerTM Program and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have partnered to recognize an outstanding high school teacher who has made biotechnology learning accessible to the classroom. This award has been established in memory of Ron Mardigian, the inspiration behind and founder of the Biotechnology Explorer program.
The award consists of a $250 monetary gift, a $500 certificate for Bio-Rad products and up to $750 in expenses to attend
the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. The awardee will be honored at the Teacher Awards Banquet; the
awardee and one teacher guest of the awardee will be invited to dinner with members of Bio-Rad’s Explorer team.
Teachers of biotechnology in grades 9-12, between 3 – 15 years of experience teaching biotechnology.
Award Submission Requirements
Applications should reflect National Science Education Standards and must include the following information in the order
* a completed and signed application form;
* a narrative describing how they implement the teaching of biotechnology in the classroom, not to exceed 500 words;
* a summary of an individual research project completed by one of their students, not to exceed 250 words
* a brief description of how their teaching curriculum was modified to meet student needs, not to exceed 250 words;
* one-page, single-sided, single-spaced vita that includes teaching experience, professional activities, formal and
continuing education, awards, and published material;
* three letters of support from individuals and groups who are familiar with the applicant’s work. Letters should not
exceed three pages each and must accompany packet. Letters sent separately will not be considered. When possible,
use letterhead. Make sure letters are signed and dated accordingly. Letters should be written for and refer to applicant’s
strengths, accomplishments, and the highlights of his or her teaching or administration methods and experiences that
directly connect to the application;
* a completed and signed checklist; and
* label each section and number each page.
Upon receipt, applications become the property of NSTA. Applications will not be returned to applicants. Late or
faxed applications will not be accepted. All material must be in one envelope. Completed applications must be
received by November 30.