Virginia's Outstanding Scientist 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. In 2018, an award for a Virginia educator was added. Award categories include Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist, alongside the new categories: STEM Catalyst, STEM Conductor 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.
STEM Catalyst: Virginia citizen or small business whose passion, ingenuity, and efforts inspire others to recognize the power of STEM to improve our world.
STEM Conductor: Virginia educator who has created enriching experiences that inspire the next generation of STEM enthusiasts.
STEM Phenom: Virginia student who applies STEM principles for exceptional ends, to make our world a better place.
Calling all innovators! Submit your application for consideration of the STEM Catalyst Award.
Calling all educators! Submit your application for consideration of the STEM Conductor Award.
Calling all students! Submit your application for consideration of the STEM Phenom Award.
Calling all scientists! Submit your application for consideration of the Virginia's Outstanding Scientist award.
Congratulations to all of our outstanding scientists - from 1985 to today!
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