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

About the Awards

PAEMST are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science. The PAEMST program also honors teachers for their dedication to improving education and inspiring students in mathematics and science. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching. This program acknowledges educators who are models in both their classrooms and in their communities.

Established by Congress in 1983, the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from NSF.

The PAEMST program provides teachers an excellent opportunity to apply for an additional growth opportunity or nominate a colleague who deserves to be recognized for STEM teaching. Please consider applying or nominating a talented STEM teacher using the PAEMST website today.

Who Can Be Nominated

Nominations for teachers of grades K- 6 is now open. Teachers must have at least five years of teaching experience in mathematics and/or science prior to application, and be a full-time employee of his or her school district (public or private). Teachers who have been nominated before and have not previously won this award may be nominated again. Nominations close on March 1, 2020.

For more information, or to nominate a Teacher, visit


To apply, teachers must first be nominated for the award. Teachers may nominate themselves or someone else (e.g., principals, teachers, parents, or other members of the general public) may nominate them for this award. Once nominated, teachers will receive an e-mail with a login and password to access the online application. Once a nomination has been made, the nominee must complete the application confirming their eligibility to apply for the award. This application is also available at

Donna Dubey

Melissa White
Science/STEM Consultant

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711