Presidential Awards for Excellence

  • PAEMST LogoThe 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.

    Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


  • Why Apply?

    Recipients of the award receive the following:

    • A certificate signed by the President of the United States
    • A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities
    • ‚ÄčA $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation

    Eligibility

    For the 2020 award year, applicants must:

    • Teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science as part of their contracted teaching responsibilities at the K-6 grade level in a public (including charter) or private school
    • Hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    • Be full-time employees 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 prior to the 2019-2020 academic school year during which science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science has been a part of the applicant's teaching duties each of the five years
    • 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 U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category

  • Nomination

    Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public — may nominate exceptional individuals who teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science in grades K-6 for this award year. To submit a nomination, the following information is required:

    • Teacher's name
    • Email address
    • School contact information

    Nominations may be submitted for more than one teacher. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at www.paemst.org.

    Nominate a Teacher  |  Apply

    Once a teacher is nominated or initiates the application process, the teacher will receive an email invitation to continue the application process. The invitation will include login information for accessing the online application system.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact, Joshua Roesner, Michigan's state coordinator, at roesnerj1@michigan.gov.


    Previous Michigan Winners

    Past Michigan winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching may be found by clicking here.