2020/2021 SECO Awards and Mini Grants
The 2020/2021 Annual SECO Awards and Grant applications are now available. Nominate or self-apply by Tuesday, February 16.
The 2020/2021 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 awards are up to $1,000.00 each.
The 2020/2021 SECO Preservice Mini Grants are designed to provide preservice science educators support in the teaching of science. They are available to pre-K through grade 12 preservice educators to help in the development and implementation of an activity or project under the assumption you will be willing to present at a SECO Science Symposium or a Virtual Science Meetup within 2 years of receiving the grant. Awardees must be a SECO member. Grant awards are up to $500 each.
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.
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.
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 2021 Diana M. Hunn Award honors Dr. Hunn by supporting pre-service science educators with a mini grant of self-selected books and/or resources 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.
The 2021 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.
The 2021 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.