CSTA Awards and Grants

Connecticut Science Teachers Association presents awards in support of excellence in science teaching, science learning, and support of science in Connecticut. We partner with other organizations on several awards that are given jointly. The following awards are available. Please consider nominating yourself or another worthy individual for recognition.
CSTA funds mini-grants up to $500 to support science programming and activities in classrooms. The grants are available on a rolling application basis, and are open to all members of CSTA.

Excellence in Science Teaching Awards

bestowed on teachers who have not only demonstrated excellence in classroom science teaching, but who have also contributed professionally by providing workshops and/or other support for colleagues, have demonstrated dedication to personal and professional growth by participating in conferences and workshops, and have been productive participants in extra-curricular activities and community projects. Apply for the CSTA Excellence in Science Teaching Award.
Connecticut Science Teacher Association gives three 'Excellence In Science Teaching' awards each year: Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary.
Dr. Sigmund Abeles Science Advocate Award
The Connecticut Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association (CSSA) established this joint award to honor Dr. Sigmund Abeles, State Science Consultant emeritus, for his outstanding leadership and service to science education in Connecticut.

The award is designed to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated staunch advocacy for science education in Connecticut as evidenced by their substantial and sustained support and contributions. Advocacy can take many forms including funds and/or personnel to provide students and teachers with materials, support services, and workshops. It can also consist of contributions of leadership, energy, ideas, innovations, and/or other resources and talents. Nominate an individual or organization for the Sig Abeles Award.
Connecticut Science Educator Fellow (CSEF)
The Connecticut Science Educator Fellow Award is the highest and most prestigious award given by the Connecticut Science Teachers Association  to a science teacher who has given sustained and outstanding service to science education in Connecticut. It is bestowed annually to an individual who has:
(1) Been previously recognized for exemplary science teaching,
(2) Provided active and sustained service to one or more state science organizations, and
(3) Has taught for at least twenty years.


Student Science Awards

Marty Tafel Scholarship Awards
Two $500 scholarships are awarded each year to the winners of the eight grade Connecticut Science Fair in Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences. The Science Fair is held yearly in March. These scholarships are funded by a bequest to CSTA from Connecticut educator Marty Tafel.
Junior Science Awards
National Youth Science Camp
CSTA accepts applications yearly for 2 scholarships that cover the costs of a Connecticut graduating senior to participate in the National Youth Science Camp. Applications are open in the early spring.
Connecticut Science Teachers Association provides one or two small grants ($250-$500) each year to CSTA members to provide support for research, innovation, or enrichment activities not usually covered in normal school or institutional budgets. Applications are due by April 15 each year. View the grant rubric.