RMSC STEM Awards

RMSC STEM Awards

Tuesday, Nov. 7 | Hyatt Regency Rochester

Join the RMSC as we highlight the bright minds of our area’s educators and organizations that are making a difference and exciting people about opportunities in STEM.

You can help us celebrate the inspirational work that makes Rochester a hub for innovation and discovery and prepares students for exciting futures by submitting a nomination.

Questions? Contact Kim Osur, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585.697.1988.

 

Catalyst Award

The RMSC STEM Catalyst Award will be awarded to one entity (individual, group of individuals, organization, university, corporation, event)* which best develops and encourages an environment that promotes innovation in science or technology or that has utilized science and technology to form a lasting impact on the Greater Rochester region. Our evaluators look for projects, systems and policies that foster creativity; that maximize the contributions of the project, company, organization etc. and its impact on the reputation of our region; and that demonstrate a realized or potential humanitarian and/or environmental benefit for our region.

Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria, and consideration will be based solely on the responses:

  • Promotes innovation in STEM or has utilized STEM to form a lasting impact on the Greater Rochester region.
  • Fosters creativity among constituents and/or employees
  • Impacts the reputation of our region
  • Demonstrates a realized or potential humanitarian and/or environmental benefit for our region
  • Demonstrates reputation of longevity in and dedication to their field

* Educators can also be nominated for this award. Past winners of Leadership in STEM Education Awards are eligible to be nominated for this award. 

 

Leadership Awards in STEM Education

(Presented at Elementary, Secondary, and University Levels)

This award recognizes innovative teaching in science, technology, engineering and/or math. The educator or group of educators is recognized for creativity and originality in how he/she/the group inspires students to understand, appreciate and apply STEM concepts; for stimulation of their students’ desire to learn; and for the advancement of STEM literacy in the classroom and beyond.

Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria, and consideration will be based solely on the responses:

  • Creativity and originality in how he/she/the group inspires students to understand, appreciate and apply STEM concepts
  • Activities that stimulate their students’ desire to learn
  • Contributions to the advancement of STEM literacy in the classroom and beyond
  • Contributions to the broader education and/or scientific community, such as leadership in professional organizations, public outreach, collaborations in his/her field, and philanthropy
  • Measurable outcomes in proficiency and growth of their students’ understanding of STEM concepts and applications


Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Meet Past Honorees

Please note that award catagories in past years may differ than those to be awarded this year.

2016 Award Winners

 

Catalyst Award

Dr. Duncan Moore

Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor in Optical Engineering Science, Professor of Optics, Professor of BioMedical Engineering and Professor of Business Administration
William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

 

Leadership Awards in STEM Education - Elementary Level

Peter Mastrogiovanni, Vici Patanella and Tina Rodger

Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3 STEM team

 

Leadership Awards in STEM Education - Secondary Level

Paul Conrow

East High School Precision Optics Program

 

Leadership Awards in STEM Education - University  Level

Dr. April Luehmann

University of Rochester Warner School of Education

 

STEM Communication Award

Jarod Miller

This year's recipient is Jarod Miller, a born naturalist and communicator who has been a regular guest on several national late night and daytime talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Rachael Ray, and NBC Today and a correspondent for news programs across the country. At 25, he became the youngest accredited zoo director and helped transform the Binghamton Zoo in Upstate NY. He also hosted his own television series, Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller and primetime series for Animal Planet and CBS.

 

RMSC Civic Medal

Dr. James Meyer

Former Chief Technical Officer and Director of R&D of Eastman Kodak

James Meyer is a retired Chief Technical Officer and Director of R&D of Eastman Kodak (1998). Trained as a physical organic chemist, he held numerous positions in research during nearly 30 years at Kodak. He also served as European Business Unit Manager for the X-ray film business for Kodak in London, England. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and did his graduate work at the California Institute of Technology, and postdoctoral work at Stanford.

Dr. Meyer joined the RMSC Board of Trustees in 1994 and was elected board chair in 1997.  He became an Honorary Trustee in 2003.

2016 Award Finalists

Catalyst Award 2016 Finalists

  • Sheila Brady-Root – St. John Fisher College
  • Liz Gombert and Kristen Curtze – Girl Develop It
  • Will and Susan Houde-Walter – LaserMax, Inc.
  • Duncan Moore – University of Rochester
  • Victoria Van Voorhis – Second Avenue Learning

Leadership Award 2016 Finalists - Elementary Level

  • Sue Sorrentino, Donna Chaback and Kathy Irvine – Allendale Columbia Lower School STEM Team
  • Dr. Ania Majewska – University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Peter Mastrogiovanni, Vici Patanella and Tina Rodger – Nathaniel Rochester Community School STEM Team
  • Kati Tobin and Tammy Pulver – Lima Primary School
  • Kathy Uerz – Wayne Central School District

Leadership Award 2016 Finalists - Secondary Level

  • Paul Conrow – East School Precision Optics
  • Randy French – Geneseo Middle/High School
  • Eric Kazukiewicz – West Irondequoit Central School District
  • Donna Smith – Gates Chili High School
  • Steve Thering – Barker Road Middle School, Pittsford Central School District

Leadership Award 2016 Finalists - University Level

  • Dr. Thomas Brown – The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester
  • Dr.  Yousuf George – Nazareth College of Rochester
  • Dr. Maria Helguera and Mr. Joe Pow – Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Dr. April Luehmann – University of Rochester

 

 


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