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CSTA Awards Program Statement of Philosophy

CSTA believes that the importance of science education cannot be overstated. Given the essential presence of the sciences in understanding the past and planning for the future, science education remains and will increasingly be one of the most important disciplines in education. CSTA is committed to recognizing and encouraging excellence in science teaching through the presentation of awards to science educators who have made outstanding contributions in science education in the state and who are poised to continue the momentum of providing high quality, relevant science education into the future.

The Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to science education in the state and who, through years of leadership and service, has truly made a positive impact on the quality of science teaching. Click to view past recipients.

The CSTA Future Science Teacher Award recognizes college students who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to science education through volunteer, teaching, and professional organization activities and who show promise to become outstanding science educators. No more than two Future Science Teacher Awards will be awarded in any year. Click to view past recipients.

The CSTA Distinguished Contributions Award honors an organization, institution or foundation which has made a sustained, significant impact to science education in the state and which, through years of leadership and service, has truly made a positive impact on the quality of science teaching and learning. No more than two CSTA Distinguished Contributions Awards will be given in any year. Click to view past recipients.

Christine Bertrand Advocacy Award is named for CSTA's former executive director Christine Bertrand. Christine served as CSTA's executive director 1996-2011. Under her leadership CSTA achieved many advocacy victories for science education. In 2015, the CSTA Board of Directors established the Christine Bertrand Advocacy Award to honor her service to science education. The award honors individual(s) who demonstrate a commitment to quality science education in California, going beyond expected levels of involvement. The award recognizes outstanding advocacy and championing of quality science education. Nominated and bestowed by the Board of Directors, no more than two awards will be given per year. 2015 Recipient: Trish Williams.

Legislator of the Year Award is an award bestowed by the CSTA Board of Directors to recognize legislators who have been supportive of high quality science education in California. Past recipients include: 2013: Senator Loni Hancock and 2015: Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla

Honorary Memberships were established by the board of directors to recognize those individuals who may not be science educators and through their work and efforts contribute to the body of science knowledge and serve to ignite interest in science. Honorary membership is a life time membership and carries with it all the rights of membership except voting rights. Honorary Members: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Ilene Straus, and Trish Williams.

Nominations for the CSTA awards nominations for the CSTA awards are accepted January through May.

For information on the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, see www.paemst.org.

Past Recipients of the Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award

2016 John Keller
2014 Herbert Brunkhorst
2012 Dean Gilbert
2010 Larry Malone and Linda De Lucchi
2009 Bill Ritz
2008 David Andrews
2005 Phil Lafontaine
2002 Eugenie Scott
2001 VivianLee Ward
2000 Art Sussman
1999 Bonnie Brunkhorst
1998 Kathy DiRanna
1997 Jennifer Harris
1996 Brad Huff
1994 Tom Smithson
1993 Kay Sain
1992 Zack Taylor
1991 Roxie Esterle
1990 Dick Merrill
1989 Margaret Nicholson
1988 David Stronck
1987 Kay Weil
1986 Garland Johnson
1985 Dick Smith
1984 Margaret Nicholson
1983 Norman McRae
1982 Dan Shannon
1981 Bob Rice

Past Recipients of the Future Science Teacher Award:

2015 Justin Fournier, CSU Long Beach
2014 Laurie Gillis, CSU Long Beach
2013 Tania Hughes, CSU Long Beach
2012 Josiah Jones, CSU Long Beach
2011 Guadalupe de la O, CSU Long Beach
2010 Angela Lewis, CSU Long Beach
2009 Bernice "Jeanne" Lepowsky, CSU Long Beach
2008 Caroline Potter, CSU Long Beach
2007 William M. Berkstresser, CSU Long Beach and Padma Haldar, CSU Long Beach
2006 Tierra Rice, CSU Sacramento
2005 Genevieve Finch, CSU Long Beach
2003 Laura Miller, U.C. Berkeley
2001 Nadia Smith, Head-Royce School, Oakland
2000 Iris Zippora Ahronowitz, Harvard University
1999 Heather Wolfe, Lincoln High School, Lincoln
1998 Erica Garcia, U. C. Berkeley
1996 Michelle Coppoletta, U.C. Berkeley and Winifredo Naval, Chapman University
1994 Jeffrey Marc Castle, Aragon High School, San Mateo
1993 Alisa Moynagh, San Diego State University

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Contributions Award

2016 K-12 Alliance @ WestEd and California Science Project
2015 S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
2014 Chevron and California Project WET/Water Education Foundation