Science Education Awards
2011 Committee and Award Winners
Each year, the Science Education Awards are given jointly by the Texas Biomed Forum and the V.H. McNutt Memorial Foundation. This year marks the 20th anniversary of these awards. The awards are given to area high school science departments in support of new and innovative programs that further the students' interest in and knowledge of science. All high schools in and around San Antonio may submit applications for these science grants. Thanks to the L.D. Ormsby Charitable Foundation, the first 10 applicants will receive a personal stipend of $50 for taking the time to apply. In addition, the first 10 applicants whose qualified projects do not place in the top six will receive a $200 award for their school’s science program. It really pays to apply early!
$20,000 will be awarded:
- $7,000 — 1st Place
- $5,000 — 2nd Place
- $3,500 — 3rd Place
- $2,500 — 4th Place
- $1,500 — 5th Place
- $500 — Honorable Mention
A committee comprising Texas Biomed scientists, a representative from the V. H. McNutt Memorial Foundation, and Forum volunteers review all of the applications and select the winners. Hands-on science is encouraged and winners' applications usually discuss hypothesis, data collection, results and analysis, and a budget detailing how the grant funds would be used.
- September: Announcement cards sent to districts and high school science coordinators announcing both SWFF Student Tours and Science Education Awards details and criteria with referral to the website for specific criteria, instructions, and application forms.
- November: Applications mailed to area high schools.
- February: Applications must be faxed or postmarked on or before February 15. Late applications will not be considered. The panel meets to review the applications and select the winners.
- March: Winners will be announced at the Forum Lecture Luncheon on March 27, 2013.
Download the Application
Science Education Award Application (Downloadable PDF file).
For more information, contact Rebecca Rabel at 210-258-9419.
| 2011 - 2012 Science Award Winners |
| 1st || Ronnie Kirchhof |
Samuel Clemens High School
| Can microalgae be produced as a cost effective alternative biofuel? |
| 2nd || Marvin Rudd |
Byron P. Steele II High School
| Fish farm & hydroponic garden |
| 3rd || Robin Howard |
STEM RAM Academy
Robert E. Lee
| Can purified recombinant proteins from Borrelia burgdorferi be tested and developed into an effective therapy for the treatment of Lyme disease? |
| 4th || Jason Nydegger |
| Student investigations into digital logic and varying electromagnetics |
| 5th || Helen Whisenhunt |
Samuel Clemens High School
| Physics First |
| Hon. Mention || Aja Gardner |
John Jay Science &
| Mini Medical School |
Past Science Education Award Winners (PDF file)