The hunt is on for Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers, and those on the southern Gold Coast are encouraged to nominate for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.
The annual call for nominations for Australia’s most prestigious science awards was announced by the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash.
“These awards recognise the extraordinary contribution that Australia's scientists and teachers make to our nation, not only through their world-leading research but also as role models for young people considering careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” Minister Cash said.
Member for McPherson Karen Andrews encouraged members of the southern Gold Coast community to nominate local scientists, innovators and teachers for the awards.
“There is a lot of great work being done here to inspire our future generations to choose a STEM path and career,” Mrs Andrews said.
“As someone with a background in STEM as a Mechanical Engineer, these awards are an opportunity to acknowledge those excelling in their field and it would be fantastic to see someone from the Gold Coast among them.”
Recipients of the prizes share in $750,000 in seven prize categories, including two that recognise excellence in science teaching in primary and secondary schools.
The eligibility guidelines for the Excellence in Science Teaching prizes have been broadened this year to include mathematics and technology teachers for the first time, as well as part-time teachers.
“I look forward to the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and urge those in the local scientific, educational and innovative community to put their names forward.”
Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. For details visit www.business.gov.au/scienceprizes