Each year, TMA's Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching recognize and reward school teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. These teachers share their energy and enthusiasm for science with their students every day, thereby sparking students' interest in science.
Grand Prize: One Texas science teacher will receive $20,000 plus a $5,000 school resource grant.
Distinguished Awards: Three teachers (one at each level) will receive $7,000 and a $3,000 school resource grant.
Rookie Award: A teacher with less than seven years’ experience will receive $5,000 and a $2,000 school resource grant.
Cash awards generally are taxable to the fullest extent permitted by law. Seek the advice of your tax advisor for specific questions regarding earnings.
Apply by Jan. 8, 2024.
These awards were created in 1990 to honor elementary, middle, and high school teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science through creative and innovative methods to cultivate student interest in medicine and science.
TMA receives hundreds of nominations and applications for this distinguished award program. Learn more about the Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.
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Hear how one Austin science teacher kept his students engaged during distance learning with the help of a grant from TMA’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.
Science teachers, please take this short survey to help us understand the challenges and rewards of teaching science.
Support excellent science educators in Texas with a tax-deductible donation. In the drop-down menu, select TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching Program.
For more information about the science teacher awards or application process, email or call (512) 370-1300, ext. 1606.
The TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching are funded by the TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, thanks to an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler of Austin.
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