Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award (OLISE)
This prestigious award recognizes and honors an NSELA member, who through their professional work, has demonstrated outstanding leadership in science education at the school, district, county, regional, and/or national level.
The award is presented at the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) luncheon held at the annual NSELA Leadership Summit. The award is accompanied by a check for $1,000 and a plaque.
The application window is for the 2024 is closed. The winner will be announced in Late January or Early February of 2024. Please review the criteria below and when ready, submit your materials (in PDF).
Only current NSELA members are eligible to be nominated for this award. The applicant must be nominated by a current NSELA member. Leaders at the K-12 level, college or university faculty, and science education consultants may apply. Applicants must demonstrate leadership that impacts K-12 students and science teachers. Current NSELA Board members are not eligible during their term of office.
As the nominee, it is your responsibility to assemble these application requirements before submitting them.
Award Selection Criteria
Outstanding contributions and/or accomplishments in leadership for science education are the main selection criteria. These may include:
The nominator should submit a letter limited to no more than two pages briefly describing the nominee and his/her qualifications for this award. Nominator information needs to include name, position/title, email, work and home phone numbers, and work and home addresses. The nominator also needs to state how he/she is professionally knowledgeable about the nominee's qualifications.
The nominator should inform the nominee that it is the nominee's responsibility to assemble an application packet that includes the following items. As the nominee, it is your responsibility to assemble these application requirements before submitting.
The complete application packet will be submitted online and uploaded as PDF files. All submitted items become the property of NSELA and will not be returned. Any late or faxed materials will not be accepted.
Please contact Awards Chair Rebecca Hite, Awards Chair
2024: Mary Starr, MI
2023: Kenneth Huff, NY
2019: Mary Margaret Welch, WA
2009 Sandra West, TX
1999 Kathleen Sparrow, OH
1989 Jeane Dughi, VA
1979 Harold Pratt, CO