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Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops, manufactures and markets important human therapeutics for serious illnesses. Amgen is committed to dramatically improving people's lives - not only through the therapeutics we deliver to patients but also through supporting programs that advance science literacy in our nation.

The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) is an annual awards program that recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators across the United States and Puerto Rico who are elevating the level of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students. An independent panel of judges selects the winners based on the following criteria: creativity of teaching methods; effectiveness in the classroom; plans for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their schools; submission of an innovative science lesson plan showcasing innovative methods in the classroom; and a plan for dissemination/sharing the lesson plan with other teachers.

Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded more than $1 million to public and private school science teachers, grades K-12, in communities in which Amgen operates.

Nominations are solicited every fall. Following an extensive judging process, 30 science teachers will be chosen for the award. The selected winners from California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and Washington will receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 and the recipient's school will receive a restricted grant of $5,000 to be utilized for the expansion or enhancement of a school science program, for science resources, or for the professional development of the school's science teachers.