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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. Nominations are now open!!

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

Administrator Award for Leadership in Science Education

The Administrator Award is given to a current Elementary, Middle Level, and High School administrators who has 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 has been an advocate and leader for the development of science process skills and positive attitudes toward science among students, parents, and teachers. 

Friend of Science Award

The Friend of Science Award is given to science educators or non-educators who have positively influenced science education in the State of Ohio and/or nation though a specific project or sustained activities. This award honors service to the science education community.

Service to the science education community includes the effective creation of situations in which learning takes place. The awardee will be judged on their actions and initiatives to:

  • promote active learning and successfully encourages students to think imaginatively, critically, and independently; and
  • promote a love of learning.

The Patricia E. Blosser Service Award

Patrica E. Blosser served as a pre-service educator at The Ohio State University over a period of many years.  She was also co-director of the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) on science education at The Ohio State University.  She was a constant and devoted science educator within Ohio who dedicated her life-long work to this endeavor.   

This award honors both SECO members and nonmembers who have committed 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 through grade 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

William H. Arnold was one of the founding members of the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO). He served as the SECO President in 1981. “Bill’s” dedication to science education within Ohio after retirement resulted in the organization developing an award for retirees who also provide support and service to the organization. 

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

The Diana M. Hunn Service Award

Diana M. Hunn, Ph.D. was an integral member of the Science Education Council of Ohio. She served the organization as a board member, executive board member, executive executive director, and executive director emeritus. Dr. Hunn was a constant and undying supporter of middle school science and pre-service educators.

The Diana M. Hunn Award honors Dr. Hunn by supporting pre-service science educators to attend the SECO Science Symposium. The award will provide:

  • Registration for the SECO Science Symposium (including food provided with registration)
  • One night lodging – up to $250 
  • 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 support to classroom science teachers 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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