Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Award Grant Program


Program Information: The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program was established in 1983 by The White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. juristictions. These teachers will serve as models for their colleagues and will be leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.

Since 1983 more than 3,000 teachers have been selected as Presidential Awardees. They represent a premier group of mathematics and science teachers who bring national and state standards to life in their classrooms. They provide the nation with an impressive array of expertise to help improve teaching and learning while becoming more deeply involved in activities such as curriculum materials selection, research, and professional development. While most teachers remain in the classroom, some have become school principals, supervisors, superintendents, and college faculty.

The competition alternates each year between teachers of grades K-6 and teachers of grades 7-12. Teachers applying for PAEMST must be nominated. Anyone (e.g., principals, teachers, students, and other members of the general public) may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are accepted. Teachers will complete in either mathematics or science.

Each Presidential Awardee will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and gifts from donors. Each Awardee will also be invited to attend, along with a guest, recognition events in Washington, D.C., which will include: an award ceremony; a Presidential Citation; meetings with leaders in government and education; sessions to share ideas and teaching experiences; and receptions and banquets to honor recipients.

PAEMST website


For more information contact:
Deb Motiff, Office Operations Associate, 608-267-9274
Shelley Lee, Science Consultant, 608-266-3319
Diana Kasbaum, Mathematics Consultant, 608-267-7712