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Annual Awards and Recognition

Each year, the Science Education Council of Ohio proudly honors the best of the Buckeye State, through a series of educational awards. We welcome nominations from all parts of the state.

2018 SECO Awards will be presented at the Science Symposium on January 29, 2018.

Administrator Award for Leadership in Science Education

These awards are given to current Elementary, Middle Level, and High School administrators who have demonstrated leadership in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an outstanding school science program; supported staff development in science; promoted positive relationships between the school's science program and the community; and have been advocates and leaders for the development of science process skills and positive attitudes toward science among students, parents, and teachers. 

Friend of Science Award

This award is given science educators or non-educators who have positively influenced science education in the state of Ohio and/or nation through a specific project or sustained activities. 

The Patricia E. Blosser Service Award

This award honors both SECO members and nonmembers who have devoted time above and beyond the ordinary to the organization. An individual may receive this award only one time, and it is not given to someone presently holding an elected position in SECO. 

Membership Teaching Grant

The SECO Membership Grant is designed to provide classroom teachers of science support in the teaching of science. It is available to pre-K-12 teachers under the assumption they will be willing to present at a SECO Science Symposium within 2 years of receiving the grant. SECO Membership Grants do require membership in the Science Education Council of Ohio. Grants are awarded up to $500. 

The William H. Arnold Award

This award is given to an individual who has been active in SECO and continues to be active after retirement from full-time employment in science education.

The Diana M. Hunn Service Award

The Diana M. Hunn award honors Dr. Hunn by supporting pre-service science educators to attend one (1) annual Ohio Science Institute. The award will provide:

  • Registration for the SECO Science Symposium (including food provided with registration
  • One night lodging – up to $250 – for one night
  • Travel expenses in the amount of $0.35 per mile
  • An individual may receive this award only one time, and it is not given to someone presently holding an elected position in SECO.

SECO Science Symposium Scholarship Awards

The SECO Science Symposium Scholarship Awards are designed to provide classroom teachers of science support by providing them the opportunity to attend the SECO Science Symposium. Scholarships will include symposium registration, one night lodging and mileage ($0.35 per mile). Scholarships do require membership in the Science Education Council of Ohio and will be awarded in the following categories:

  • K- Grade 2 teacher
  • Grade 3-5 teacher
  • Grade 6-8 teacher
  • Grade 9-12 teacher

Illustrations from WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER by Walt Whitman . Illustrations copyright © 2004 by Loren Long.  Used by permission of Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.


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