Additional Awards of Interest to FEd Members

Paul Dolan, Northeastern Illinois University; Tarren Shaw, University of Oklahoma

While these are not APS-FEd awards, you should be aware of these, and you (or someone with whom you work) may be a good candidate:

Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA)

Nominations are being accepted now for the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA). Presented by the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), the award recognizes the efforts and achievements of an outstanding science teacher based upon teaching, scholarship, and service.  The award includes a cash prize and support to attend the 2015 and 2016 SCST national conferences. Nominations for this award can be made by students or faculty, and self-nominations are encouraged. For more information see OUSTA Info & Nomination page, or contact the awards chair Tarren Shaw at

AAPT/ALPhA Award for Undergraduate Physics Students

The AAPT-ALPhA Award would be given to a student or several students, who have built (and possibly developed) an advanced laboratory experiment that will become a new part of their school’s advanced laboratory program. This work would be carried out as a senior project, senior thesis or its equivalent. A project developed over several years by a succession of students could also be eligible. In such cases, the Prize would be shared among the several students involved.

The faculty supervisor will also share in the recognition.

This award will only be given for students in colleges and universities within the greater United States.

We anticipate that this award will first be awarded for after the 2014-15 school year.  More information may be obtained from David Van Baak ( or Jeremiah Williams (, or at ALPhA website.

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