The New Jersey Science Teachers Association regularly confers awards to worthy individuals at our spring and fall membership meetings.  Members may submit nominations for awards. Watch for announcements about how to nominate worthy individuals and for how to apply for the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award and the Doris White Memorial Scholarship. 

Citation Scroll

The NJSTA Citation Scroll is awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to science and/or science education.


Fellows Program

The NJSTA Fellows Program was inaugurated as an expression of esteem to those officers and members who give to the association of their time and talent to a degree not normally expected of them. Fellows are honored at our annual spring membership meeting.

Atkins Award

The NJSTA Atkins Award was named for Pauline McDowell Atkins who became the first woman president of NJSTA in 1924 and who was leader in the development of science education in NJ. The Award, established in 1948, recognizes "outstanding cooperation with and service to the science teachers of the state of NJ". Over the years that the award has been presented, representatives of many major New Jersey companies have received the award.

Petix Supporter of Science Award

John Petix, a former NJSTA president, fellow and Citation Scroll recipient, was an ardent supporter of NJSTA well after his presidental  term was finished. Edythe, his wife and a math department chair, provided much behind the scenes support for John, hence the title Petix Supporter of Science Award. The NJSTA Petix Award shall be awarded to non-members of NJSTA for extraordinary support and contribution to NJSTA.

The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award

Maitland P. Simmons was president of NJSTA from 1954-1955.  His wife, Antoinette, left a bequest to NJSTA for scholarships in her husband's name.  The scholarships shall be designated "The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award."

The Doris White
Memorial Scholarship

The Doris White Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who are currently enrolled in a Teacher Education Program at a New Jersey institution of higher education.  The award is in honor of Dr. Doris Gnauck White, in tribute for her unfailing enthusiasm for and devotion to both scientific research and the professional development of teachers.  She was a distinguished scientist, an inspiring educator, and a valued friend of NJSTA.

Special Awards

NJSTA also confers Special Awards.


How To Nominate For an Award

Visit our Nomination page for more information.


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