M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education

An annual award given to a SICB member at any career stage for significant achievement in science education. This award honors Trish Morse, a past President of SICB, for her extraordinary achievements and contributions to the society’s mission of education. The SICB Educational Council will accept and evaluate nominations for this award. Nominators should submit the following materials in support of their nominee: the nominee’s current curriculum vitae, a one-page description of the nominee’s contributions to science education, including contributions to promoting diversity and inclusive pedagogy, and any additional supporting materials related to the nominee’s achievements in science education, along with three recommendation letters. Nominators are expected to submit at least one of the recommendation letters. Awardees are expected to write a brief (1500-2000 words) “Experiences in Science Education” article for the spring SICB newsletter following the annual conference, describing their personal achievements or another aspect of science education, including promoting diversity in science education and providing models for inclusive pedagogy. Each year’s winner will be recognized in the preceding SICB fall newsletter and prior to the introduction of the Moore Lecturer at the annual conference. The file of nominated candidates will be kept for consideration for a total of three years, with the nominated candidate asked each year if they would like to update any aspect of the file before consideration for that year’s award. The Chair of the Educational Council may authorize funds to help support the winner’s attendance at that year’s meeting. Please submit all materials for this award here. The annual deadline for nominations is August 1.


Why Are Students Struggling?

An Essay by Robert D. Podolsky, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology, College of Charleston
Winner of the 2023 M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education

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