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Media Advisory 10-035

Top Math and Science Teachers Come to Washington

Exemplary teachers to receive Presidential Award

Photo of a teacher and student in a science lab.

Enacted by Congress in 1983, this program recognizes 103 teachers this year.
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December 8, 2010

More than a hundred mathematics and science teachers are being recognized at events in Washington, D.C., Dec. 14-17 as part of the Presidential Awards for Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The awardees, first announced by the White House in June, 2010, arrive in Washington on Dec. 14 to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which administers this program for the White House.

A fact sheet provides more information on the awards program and a list of the awardees. Applications are currently being sought from secondary school teachers for the next round of PAEMST awardees; details are at the program website. Media interested in interviewing any of the teachers while they are in town can contact Maria Zacharias at

Note: The teachers are expected to visit the White House during the week, but the date and time have not been scheduled, and any media availability there will be coordinated by the White House press office.


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Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8454,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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