OUSTA Information & Nomination
The purpose of the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA) is to recognize the achievements of our teaching colleagues that have enhanced the profession as outstanding teachers of science. This annual award is based upon a selection process that evaluates nominees according to the following ranked categories: 1) teaching excellence; 2) scholarship; and 3) service.
Nominees need not be a member of SCST, but should have been actively involved in teaching undergraduate science for the previous five (5) years. Nominations may be made by colleagues or students; self-nominations are also encouraged.
The criteria for each category shall include, but not be limited to the following:
- Teaching excellence as evidence through teaching philosophy and effectiveness, teaching innovations, and course and curricula development.
- Scholarship as evidenced through publications in science education, presentations, grants received, and other forms of scholarship including discipline-based research.
- Service to science education, students, the profession, scientific and educational organizations, the nominee’s institution, local teachers and their school systems, and the general public with the overall goal of enhancing understanding of scientific issues.
The winner of the OUSTA will receive:
- $1000 check
- Customized plaque
- Complimentary one year membership in both NSTA and SCST
- Up to $500 for registration, travel and lodging at the NSTA/SCST National Conference
The winner of the OUSTA will be responsible for:
- Serving as Featured Speaker at the SCST National Conference
- Attending various sessions and/or the SCST Social at the National Conference