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Call for Submissions: The 2021-2022 Shell Science Teaching Award and the Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award

Cash Prizes and Expense Paid Trip to Attend a Future NSTA National Conference to be Awarded for Exemplary Science Teaching

ARLINGTON, Va.—September 22, 2021—Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and are calling for submissions for the Shell Science Teaching Award and the Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award.

The Shell Science Teaching Award recognizes one outstanding classroom teacher (grades K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and the community through exemplary science teaching. The award is open to all K–12 teachers, who have a minimum of eight years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science, and must teach in a public or private school located in the United States, U.S. territories, Department of Defense schools, on in Canada.

Created for K–12 classroom science teachers in urban settings, the Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award is designed to help strengthen quality science teaching and enhance teacher content knowledge. Classroom science teachers at the elementary, middle or high school level who are part of underrepresented ethnic groups are also eligible to apply for the award. Qualifying underrepresented ethnic groups include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

“Shell is proud to honor distinguished science leaders with the Shell Science Teaching Award, one of the most coveted science educator awards,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, Director, Workforce Development Diversity Outreach, Shell Oil Company. “These dedicated and inspiring science teachers connect science to real current events and issues that are relevant to all students and build interest and lead to the pursuit of science disciplines, and careers.”

The Shell Science Teaching Award winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize from Shell. Additionally, the winner and two finalists will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend a future NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Winners of the Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award will receive $1,800 and expenses to attend a future NSTA National Conference. All Shell award winners will be honored at the Shell reception and NSTA Teachers Awards Gala, taking place at the national conference.

For more information about The Shell Science Teaching Award or the Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award, visit The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2021.

About Shell Oil Company
Shell’s commitment to community and social responsibility has been in place for more than 50 years. During this time, we have contributed more than a billion dollars to support community, health and welfare, environmental, arts and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority education, and diversity and inclusiveness programs in Houston and the U.S.

FOR INQUIRIES CONTACT: Shell Oil Company Media Line +1 (832) 337-4355

About NSTA
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field.

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Kate Falk, NSTA
(703) 312-9211

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