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Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education recognise students, teachers, support officers, schools and education partners (volunteers, mentors and organisations) who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.

The awards are named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.

In 2015, the renowned Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education expanded and the awards became the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education. This acknowledges STEM education as a strategic priority for the Department of Education and Training.

Nominations for 2017 are now open

Nominations are open for the 2017 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. This year, awards will be presented across six categories, to the value of $125,000.

The awards categories are:

Who can apply

The awards are open to state and non-state schools in Queensland.

You can apply for a Peter Doherty Award if you are a:

(Please note: as Environmental Education Centres and Outdoor Education Centres are established institutions to provide education instruction to persons enrolled at state schools, these centres should apply for the STEM Education Partnership Awards).

Award conditions

Applicants may be nominated by themselves or by another person. Previous Peter Doherty Award recipients are not eligible to apply. Applications should not be for projects or initiatives that are the same or similar to previously submitted applications unless the project or initiative is significantly enhanced or modified. For further information about the Peter Doherty Awards please email peterdohertyawards@det.qld.gov.au.

How the award is to be used

For students, the award is to be used to:

For teachers and support officers, the award is to be used to assist you to undertake appropriate professional development activities acceptable to your principal and within the normal guidelines of your employing authority.

For schools and education partners, the award is to be used to assist in undertaking further STEM activities.

Attendance at the award ceremony

It is anticipated that the successful applicants will attend the awards ceremony. If required, travel and accommodation expenses will be paid by the Department of Education and Training for the award recipients. For student awards the travel and accommodation expenses will also be paid for two accompanying adults if required.

How to apply

Review the relevant application guide below for each award category for information on how to apply.

Applications close 19 April 2017.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony on 11 August 2017, at the commencement of National Science Week 12-20 August 2017.

Further information

For further information about the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education, please email peterdohertyawards@det.qld.gov.au.

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This page was last reviewed on 03 Feb 2017

Important dates

2017 applications open:
6 February 2017

Past winners

Peter Doherty Awards

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