The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching.
The award recognizes those teachers that have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
In 2023-2024, the PAEMST program will accept applications from Kindergarten through 6th grade science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers. Prospective applicants may apply for one of two award categories: science or mathematics. Applicants that teach computer science, engineering, or technology classes should connect with their State/Jurisdiction coordinators to determine whether to apply as a mathematics or science applicant. Applicants should consider whether the concept selected better aligns to mathematics or science standards, as well as how the course they are teaching is categorized at the school/district/state level.