Iowa STEM Teacher Award Nomination & Application



Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students and other STEM advocates are invited to nominate an inspirational science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher for the 2020 Iowa STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries and the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.

This award honors teachers who make a significant difference in the lives of students across the state by providing excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning and inspiring a passion for STEM beyond the classroom and into the future. We are looking for educators who represent Iowa, defined as:

Innovative: Use unique ways to educate students to develop a curiosity in STEM fields.
Outstanding: Have a true passion for education and provide an exceptional learning experience.
Worldly: Help students see that STEM is all around us and is more than the sum of its parts.
Academic: Engage students in the classroom, preparing them for higher education and high- demand careers.

One teacher from each of the six STEM regions is selected for their contributions and dedication to STEM education in Iowa. Each recipient will receive $1,500 for personal use, as well as another $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

Eligible nominees include licensed, full-time, PreK-12 Iowa STEM teachers in public or non-public schools. Nominations for previous award recipients and self-nominations will not be accepted.

Process Overview:

  1. We encourage everyone - administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students and other STEM advocates - to submit a nomination for an outstanding STEM teacher. 
  2. Nominated educators are notified and sent an application to complete.
  3. A team of Iowa reviewers select a Teacher Award recipient for each of the six STEM regions.

Important Dates:

August 23, 2020 --- Nominations open

October 9, 2020 --- Nominations close

October 10, 2020 --- Applications open

November 15, 2020 --- Applications close

January/Early February 2021 --- School ceremonies for 2021 recipients

February 17, 2021 --- STEM Day at the Capitol and formal 2021 recipient ceremony


This award is sponsored by Kemin Industries. Kemin is a global molecular science company that develops and manufactures over 500 specialty ingredients that deliver important nutrition and health benefits through products consumed by people and animals. Founded and headquartered in Des Moines in 1961, Kemin understands the importance of STEM education - especially in the state of Iowa.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When can I nominate a STEM teacher for this award?

The nomination period is open from August 23 - October 9, 2020. CLICK HERE for a copy of the nomination form. This form can only be submitted through the online portal above.

Where can I find the Teacher Award rubric?

CLICK HERE for a copy of the scoring rubric used by evaluators to assess completed nomination and application forms for each teacher.

Can I nominate more than one teacher for this award?

Yes. In fact, we encourage the nomination of any deserving Iowa teacher for this award.

I was nominated and applied for the Teacher Award in the past. Can I receive a copy of my past application(s)?

Yes. Contact Carrie Rankin at for a copy of Iowa STEM Teacher Award application(s) that have been submitted in the past. CLICK HERE for a complete list of teachers who have previously received the Iowa STEM Teacher Award. (Previous awardees are not eligible.)

If I have more questions, who should I contact?

For questions about the award or the nomination and application process, contact Carrie Rankin at

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