Award Descriptions and Requirements

Award: GEORGE G.MALLINSON DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Description: SSMA recognizes notable and extensive service to the SSMA organization with the George G. Mallinson Distinguished Service Award. Potential awardees are those who have been a member of SSMA for at least ten (10) years and who have shown substantial participation and leadership in SSMA activities such as paper presentations at meetings, committee work, membership work, and reviewing for the journal. Nominations for this award must come from current members of SSMA.

What is required: To nominate a person for this reward, send:

1.     A letter of nomination describing the nominee’s contribution to the organization along with supporting information as available.

2.     2. Letters of support from 2 past presidents of the SSMA.

Awardee: The Awardee will receive a one-year membership to SSMA, a conference fee waiver to the annual SSMA Convention where the award will be presented, and an invitation to address the membership at the Annual Convention. This award may be given annually.
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Award:  AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INTEGRATING SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

Description: SSMA recognizes notable and extensive efforts in higher education and beyond related to the integration of Science and Mathematics with the SSMA Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics. The award is given to a person or group who/which has fostered, promoted, and extended the integration of mathematics/science at the elementary, secondary, or university level. The nominee should be a person or group who is active in science/mathematics education and in the development of curricula for the preparation of teachers, educational research, or other activities of significant educational value; thereby showing an impact on science/mathematics education. The competition is open to non-SSMA members but all applicants must be nominated by an SSMA member.

What is required: To nominate a person for this award, send:

1.     A letter of nomination describing the nominee’s contribution the integration of science and mathematics.

2.     A personal statement from the nominee outlining the highlights of their work.

3.     Support letters from two others in the field of science/mathematics education describing the nominee’s impact on the field.

Awardee: The Awardee will receive a one-year membership to SSMA, a conference fee waiver to the annual SSMA Convention where the award will be presented, and an invitation to present a session at the Annual Convention about their work. This award may be given annually.
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Award: CONNECTIONS AWARD

Description: The SSMA recognizes exemplary K-12 teaching and learning projects that focus on connections between science and mathematics with the SSMA Connections Award. The nominee should be a person working in K-12 who has been a leader of an exemplary teaching and learning project that is school-based and focused on connections between science and mathematics.

What is required: To nominate a person for this reward, send:

1.     A letter of nomination describing the nominee’s contribution to K-12 science and mathematics teaching and learning.

2.     A description of the project.

Awardee: The awardee will receive a $500 award, a conference fee waiver to the annual SSMA Convention where the award will be presented, and an invitation to present a session at the Annual Convention about their work. Additional funds may be available to support awardee(s) travel to the annual convention. This award may be given annually.
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Award: OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR AWARD

Description: The SSMA recognizes outstanding early career contributions to the scholarship of science and/or mathematics education with the Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award. The nominee should be a person, within five years of receiving a doctoral degree, with an exemplary and productive program of research related to science and/or mathematics education. The nominee must have been an SSMA member in good standing for at least one year prior to the submission of the application.

What is required: To nominate a person for this award, send:

1.     Current Vita

2.     Three exemplary scholarly works (Works need to relate to common  mathematics/science education themes such as Integration; Technology;   Constructivism/Inquiry; Professional development; and so forth)

3.     A two-page maximum (double-spaced; 12 font) summary addressing: Research interests; A description of how the submitted scholarly works have impacted research area

4.     Two support letters sent separately (One support letter must be from a non-dissertation committee member)

Awardee: The Awardee will receive $500, a one-year membership to SSMA, a convention fee waiver to the annual SSMA Convention where the award will be presented, and an invitation to present a session at the Annual Convention about their work. Additional funds may be available to support awardee(s) travel to the annual convention. This award may be given annually.
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Award: SSMA DISSERTATION AWARD

Description: The SSMA recognizes outstanding doctoral degree research with the SSMA Dissertation Award. The Award is given for dissertations related to science education, mathematics education, or integrated science and mathematics education. Competition is open to non-members, but all applicants must be nominated by an SSMA member. The nominee’s dissertation must have been completed within three years of the submission.

What is required: To nominate a person for this award, send

1.     A letter of nomination attesting to the quality of the dissertation, which may include the fit to science/math education; how the dissertation represents the highest level of scholarship; the research’s contribution to science/math education, the research questions, and the manner in which the findings relate to the advancement/enhancement of science/math education.

2.     A 2,000-2,500 word summary of the dissertation with no more than 1 page of references. There should be no reference to the author in the summary or references.

3.     A letter of intent from the author stating that he/she is willing to be nominated for the award and including the author’s mailing address, email, and phone number.

Awardee: The Awardee will receive $500, a one-year membership to SSMA, a conference fee waiver to the annual SSMA Convention where the award will be presented, and the recipient will be invited to present a session at the Annual Convention about their dissertation. Additional funds may be available to support awardee(s) travel to the annual convention. This award may be given annually.