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Award at a Glance

Award amount: Up to $7,500 depending on the program

Application deadline: January 31

Questions? Contact: Education and Member Communities Department

Who can apply: Middle or high school science teacher

Award Description
Frontiers in Physiology is our flagship program for the professional development of middle and high school science teachers. Frontiers has three separate programs:
  • Six Star Science Online Professional Development
  • Research Community Leaders
  • Regional Professional Communities of Practice (Chapters)

In each program, teachers and physiologists work collaboratively to improve science education at middle and high school levels. Frontiers in Physiology has produced numerous resources for classroom teaching and professional development.

Funding for Frontiers in Physiology is provided by the Office of the Director, National Institutes Of Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25OD016492.


Middle and high school science teachers (grades 6-12) from all science disciplines with a minimum of one full year of teaching experience and currently teaching in a U.S. school at the time of application are eligible. Additionally, you are encouraged to apply if you:

  • Have little or no research experience in the life sciences.
  • Do NOT have recent (in the last 10 years) laboratory experience in physiology or the life sciences. Applications are not accepted from teachers who have spent more than two of the previous five summers working in a research laboratory.
  • Do NOT hold an advanced degree in a laboratory science (awarded in the last 10 years), and are not a candidate for an advanced degree in a laboratory science. Applications from teachers whose last research experience (including graduate study work) was at least 10 years ago will be considered. Teachers with advanced degrees in non-science fields or non-laboratory science will be considered.
  • Are open to examining and modifying your teaching to incorporate more inquiry, to address equity issues, and to integrate the Internet in your classroom.
  • Have a commitment to excellence in science teaching and a desire to learn new teaching methods.
  • Have a desire to learn about research first-hand.
  • Have a willingness to share resources and experiences with your colleagues.

Teachers who are members of minority groups underrepresented in science (e.g., African – American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander) or who teach in schools with a predominance of underrepresented minority or disadvantaged students are especially encouraged to apply.


Final selection of the award recipient will be made by the Education Committee.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.