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Outstanding mathematics and science teachers to receive presidential awards Sept. 8

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science

PAEMST awards reception

The 213 teachers honored are from across the United States.

September 6, 2016

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The 213 teachers who were honored through the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program in 2016 will receive their awards at a ceremony Sept. 8, 2016.

PAEMST awards are given to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Awardees are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.

The current cohort of awardees represents two nomination years: one honoring teachers who provide instruction at the kindergarten through 6th grade levels, and the other honoring teachers providing instruction at the 7th through 12th grade levels.

President Barack Obama has called the awardees and their work "integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation's success."

Follow #PAEMST to join in on the conversation and learn more about the program.

Event details:


An awards ceremony to honor the 2016 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)


Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, 5-7 p.m., ET


DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D St. NW, Washington, DC 20006


France Córdova, director, NSF

John Holdren, director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director, NSF Education and Human Resources Directorate

Sylvia James, division director, NSF Division of Human Resource Development

Media are welcome; RSVP required. Email

Additional media notes:
• Reporters interested in attending other PAEMST events Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 should contact NSF for a full schedule. Events include professional development sessions focused on active learning and next-generation STEM issues such as cyberlearning, coursework and changing roles in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade education.
• NSF will make representative PAEMST awardees available for interviews.
• Email for more details.


Media Contacts
Robert J. Margetta, NSF, (703) 292-2663, email:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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