Search for top scientists and STEM teachers begins in Groom
Friday, 2 March 2018
The hunt is on for Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers, and Groom residents are being encouraged to nominate for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.
Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash announced the annual call for nominations for Australia’s most prestigious science awards last week.
“These awards recognise the extraordinary contribution that Australia's scientists and teachers make to our nation, not only through their world-leading research but also as role models for young people considering careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” Minister Cash said.
Recipients of the prizes share in $750,000 in seven prize categories, including two that recognise excellence in science teaching in primary and secondary schools.
Last year’s recipient Professor Jenny Graves AO was recognised for her pioneering research into mammalian genome organisation and evolution, which will help to progress understanding of X and Y chromosomes, our immune system, and the human brain.
The eligibility guidelines for the Excellence in Science Teaching prizes have been broadened this year to include mathematics and technology teachers for the first time, as well as part-time teachers.
Member for Groom John McVeigh encouraged Toowoomba and Darling Downs residents to nominate local scientists, innovators and teachers for the awards.
“There is a lot of great work being done in Groom to inspire our future generations to choose a STEM path and career,” Dr McVeigh said.
“I look forward to the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and know that those in the scientific, educational and innovative fields of the Darling Downs will be strong contenders.”
Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. For details visit www.business.gov.au/scienceprizes