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Educator Recognition Programs

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

2017 Nominations are open at PAEMST website

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Since 1983, more than 4,700 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

The award alternates between elementary (K-6) and middle/high school teachers. This year's awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers teaching in grades 7-12.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Teach mathematics or science (including computer science) as part of their contracted teaching responsibilities at the 7-12 grade level in a public (including charter), or private school.

  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

  • Be a full-time employee of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, with responsibilities for teaching students no less than 50% of the school's allotted instructional time.

  • Have at least five years of full-time employment as a K-12 teacher during which mathematics or science (including computer science) has been a part of the applicant's teaching duties prior to the 2016-2017 academic school year.

  • Teach in one 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, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.


Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • A certificate signed by the President of the United States.

  • A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.

  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

  • An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.


To nominate teachers, please go to PAEMST website.

Nominations close on April 1, 2017.



Last Updated: March 23, 2017
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