Annual Awards and REcognition

Each year, the Science Education Council of Ohio proudly honors the best of the Buckeye State, through a series of competitive educational awards. We welcome nominations from all parts of the state. Nominations will open again in the fall of 2018.

Administrator Award for Leadership in Science Education

The Administrator Award is given to a current Elementary, Middle Level, and High School administrator 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. 


ODNR- Division of Wildlife Outdoor Education Section

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.


Carl W. Wagner

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. 



Kayla Heimann

Membership Teaching Grant

The SECO Membership Grant is a competitive grant designed to provide a classroom teacher of science support in the teaching of science. It is available to a pre-K through grade 12 teacher under the assumption they will be willing to present at a SECO Science Symposium within 2 years of receiving the grant. A SECO Membership Grant does require membership in the Science Education Council of Ohio. One grant is awarded up to $500 each year.


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 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 a pre-service science educator to attend the SECO Science Symposium. One award is given each year. 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.


K- Grade 2 teacher: Jennifer Yohey

Grade 9-12 teacher: Amy Kochensparger

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. One scholarship will be awarded in the following categories:

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


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