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.
2023 marks the 20th year of the awards 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.
2023 winners announced
Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education. The winners were announced by the Minister for Education on 15 August 2023 in line with the commencement of National Science Week (12–20 August 2023).
View all 2023 winners and highlights of the 20th Anniversary Gala event on the
Searching for past recipients
We can be proud of previous recipients who, amongst other achievements, are providing equitable access to health, medicine and STEM pathways; leading cutting-edge research in quantum computing, astrophysics and immunology; and designing solutions for our sustainable future.
Past recipients are invited to complete a
short survey about their STEM journey.
Nominations for 2024 will open in Term 1 2024
The 2023 Awards categories are:
Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards
Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student Awards
Outstanding Rural and Remote Senior STEM Student Awards
Outstanding Teacher of STEM Awards
Outstanding Rural and Remote Teacher of STEM Awards
Outstanding STEM Support Officer Awards
STEM Education Partnership Awards
Outstanding School – STEM Awards.
Who can apply
The Awards are open to all schools in Queensland. The specific criteria for each 2023 category are listed below.