Virginia's Outstanding Scientists Awards Program was created by the Science Museum of Virginia and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in November of 1984. The first awards were presented on March 20, 1985, by Governor Charles S. Robb.
In 2016, two new award categories were introduced and the program was renamed the Virginia's Outstanding STEM Awards. Award categories include Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists and the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation, alongside the new categories: STEM Catalyst and STEM Phenom.
Virginia's Outstanding Scientist honors those scientists who, through their research and commitment to science, have made a recent contribution to basic scientific research that extends the boundaries of any field of science.
Science Innovation Award is presented to leaders of Virginia's business community who have made a distinct contribution through the innovative use of science or technology.
STEM Catalyst celebrates an individual who inspires people to get excited about STEM - whether at a Museum, school or community program.
STEM Phenom is awarded to a student who is applying STEM principles to improve our world.
Calling all scientists! Submit your application for consideration of the prestigious Virginia's Outstanding Scientist award.