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   The Gene Stratton-Porter Environmental Science Award

The Gene Stratton-Porter Environmental Science Award is given annually to an Indiana science teacher who exemplifies the spirit of the great Hoosier naturalist and author, Gene Stratton-Porter.  The candidate exemplifies curiosity, independence, love of nature, and appreciation of the importance of science and the natural world.

The cash award of $500 is given in memory of Evelyn Garvin McCabe, who was a devoted fan of Gene Stratton-Porter.  The awardee will also be given a one year HASTI membership.

Candidates may be nominated by both HASTI members and non-members. The candidate may, but is not required to be a current HASTI member.

Candidates should be full-time certified K--12 classroom teachers or informal science educators in the state of Indiana.

Candidates may self-nominate for this award


HASTI recognizes outstanding Hoosier science educators who are innovators in their classrooms.   All recipients will be recognized at the HASTI Annual State Conference at the Awards Banquet in February 2020.

Follow the directions below to ensure that applications are complete.  All applications must be submitted by November 30, 2020.

Components for Awards

Section 1 – Complete Part 1 of the on-line awards application registration process.

Nomination Link

Submit the following sections using either Word Document or PDF to the Awards Manager (

Section 2 - 

  • A short (250 word or less) explanation of why your nominee deserves the award including an example of your nominee’s exemplary science teaching.

Section 3 - Lesson/Unit Plan.

            - NOminees must submit an innovative, replicable project, lesson plan, and/or curriculum scope and sequence that brings attention to Indiana’s natural ecosystems and the importance of those ecosystems to local environments. The entry should have been either developed or implemented in the prior year.  The winning entry will be published in the Hoosier Science Teacher and made available on the website as a pdf for teacher access and dissemination.

Section 3 – Vita

            This section incudes the nominee’s brief work history, honors or recognition received, or examples of leadership within profession, professional activities, and publications.


 Section 4 - Photo

            Include one photo of the nominee.  This photo will be used for publicity should the nominee be selected as the awardee.

Section 5 – Two letters of support from supervisors, or colleagues describing how the candidate exemplifies the qualities in the description of the award.

Support letters are limited to one single spaced, typed page.

"The Hoosier Association of Science Teachers , Inc" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 383, New Albany, IN  47151


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