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National STEM Scholars program application due Feb 1

Applications for the 2018 cohort of the National STEM Scholar Program are due February 1. This program is designed specifically for middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pioneers nationwide.
The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholars each year. National STEM Scholars receive professional development in the implementation of STEM projects in the classroom, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education, and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of applicants.
In 2018, we will graduate our third cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each Scholar receives the following:
  • Advanced professional development on the campus of WKU June 3-9, 2018. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration
  • A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project
  • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in St. Louis in April 2019. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • Year-long mentorship and support provided by Western Kentucky University faculty
Applications can be completed at
To learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation, please visit
If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Clark ( or 270-745-6323).
Tyler Clark
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
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