SECO Member Teaching Grants
The SECO Member Teaching Grants are designed to provide support for SECO members in the teaching of science. These are available to pre-K through grade 12 teachers to help in the development and implementation of an activity or project. Grant recipients are expected to present to SECO members either virtually or in person at a conference. Awardees must be a SECO member. Grant are up to $500.00 each.
Awardees for 2023
SECO Symposium Scholarships
The SECO Science Symposium Scholarships 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 will be awarded in the following categories:
- K- Grade 2 teacher
- Grade 3-5 teacher
- Grade 6-8 teacher
- Grade 9-12 teacher
Awardees must be a SECO member. Information about becoming a member can be found here.
2023 Scholarship Awardees
The Patricia E. Blosser Service Award
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.
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.
Congratulations to the 2023 Awardees
Administrator Award for Leadership in Science Education
The Nov 2023 Administrator Award is given to a current Elementary, Middle Level, or 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.
Friend of Science Award
The Nov 2023 Friend of Science Award is given to a science educator or non-educator who has positively influenced science education in the State of Ohio and/or nation though a specific project or sustained activities. This award recognizes activities that are more related to servicing the science education community than to specific teaching activities. Service to the science education community includes the effective creation of situations that promote active learning and encourage a love of science.
Carl W. Wagner Award for Pre-Service Teachers
Carl W. Wagner was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over 38 years in both the Farmer's Home Administration and Rural Housing agencies. After retiring from the USDA, he served as a senior vice-president at Lancaster Pollard, Columbus, Ohio in Affordable Rural Housing. In 2006 he received a special life achievement accommodation by the National Council of Affordable Rural Housing. He is known by SECO for his many years of behind-the-scenes support of the organization and devotion to his wife Kay Wagner, SECO Executive Director Emeritus. In 2017 he was awarded the SECO Patricia E. Blosser Award, given to individuals who have committed time above and beyond the ordinary to the organization.
The Carl W. Wagner Award honors Mr. Wagner by supporting pre-service science educators with the opportunity to attend the SECO Science Symposium. The award will include symposium registration, one night lodging, meals, and mileage ($0.35 per mile), up to $500.
After attending the symposium, award recipients are expected to create a 1 to 2 minute video describing their symposium experience, appropriate for sharing on social media.
To be considered for this award, applicants must become a member of SECO. Information about becoming a pre-service member can be found here. Membership is free for pre-service teachers.
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 Dianna M. Hunn 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 pre-service science educators. The award will include symposium registration, one night lodging, meals, and mileage ($0.35 per mile), up to $500. An individual may receive this award only one time. To be considered for this award, applicants must become a member of SECO. Please go to the following link to become a member. It is a free membership for a pre-service teacher.