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Urban Science Educator Development Award



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Program Summary

This award provides support to outstanding diverse educators in pursuit of professional development, active participation at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education and committees that transitions into leadership roles, and serves to increase the science educator talent pool of minority educators to meet the education work force challenge of the future. The recipients of the Award will be honored during the Shell Reception at the NSTA National Conference.


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Deadline for submission is December 21, 2023


The applicant must be a K‐12 science teacher in an urban setting. Classroom science teachers at the elementary, middle or high school level who are part of underrepresented ethnic groups are eligible. Qualifying underrepresented ethnic groups are: 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.


The award consists of $1800 to be used to attend the annual NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Recipients will be invited to attend a variety of workshops and presentations that are of particular interest to urban teachers at the annual National Conference. Recognition at the Shell Awards reception, attend the AMSE Alice J. Moses Breakfast or alternate AMSE social event, participate in the Multicultural Share‐a‐thon, participate in the AMSE Town Hall Meeting, participate in the Shell Educators Cohort throughout the year. Seven awards will be given annually.

Submission Requirements


Applications should reflect NGSS/three-dimensional learning or national/state science education standards if necessary and must include the following information in the order presented:

  • A narrative describing the applicant’s science education experiences, not to exceed 750 words.
  • Prepare a 500‐750 word narrative describing a plan for your attendance at the national conference. Specify topics you are interested in attending and how the experience gained would advance your learning and that of your students. Describe any conferences and sessions you have attended.
  • Agree to submit a follow up summary of national conference experiences within 30 days of NSTA national conference on science education, not to exceed 750 words.
  • Agree to participate in the Shell Educator Cohort throughout the award year.
  • Agree to attend NSTA Teachers Awards events, attend the AMSE Alice J. Moses Breakfast or replacement AMSE event, participate in the Multicultural Share‐a‐thon, participate in the AMSE Town Hall Meeting, at the national conference on science education.
  • Agree to submit a final report of professional development and growth in May of the following year, not to exceed 750 words.
  • Two letters of support with at least one from an education colleague who can describe the merit of the applicant’s work in an urban school setting. Letters should not exceed two pages each. Letters of support should accompany packet. Letters sent separately will not be considered.
  • Attach a curriculum vita, not exceeding two pages, which includes a brief description of your teaching experience, education, and previous awards and recognition.
  • Upon receipt, all submissions become the property of NSTA. Applications will not be returned. Late or faxed applications will not be accepted. Completed applications must be received by December 21, 2023. Applications may only be submitted via the online submission form found at



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About the Sponsor Organization

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Shell USA, Inc. is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell USA Inc. operates in 50 states and employs more than 20,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.

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