VAST Recognition In Science Education (RISE) Awards

VAST RISE Awards are presented to spotlight the excellent work done by science educators across the Commonwealth. They recognize service to science education in the individual's school, school system, and the VAST district in which they work. The awards are grouped in twelve distinct categories:

  •     Elementary (preK-5)
  •     Middle school (6-8)
  •     Biology
  •     Chemistry
  •     Earth Science
  •     Physics
  •     Environmental Science
  •     At-Risk Students (K-12)
  •     Resource Teacher (examples: Technology, Science Resource, Etc.)
  •     Science Educator (non K-12-Examples Science Supervisor, Information Education, Principal, Etc.)
  •     University/College Faculty
  •     Community Partnership (example: Businesses, Politicians, Other Organizations, Etc.)

The number of awards to be given each year will be determined by the Awards Selection Committee based on the qualifications of the nominees. The awardee are invited to attend the VAST PDI and will be recognized at the annual VAST PDI banquet.

Awards Nomination deadline is TBA.

Applicant does not need to be a VAST member.

Nominations can be made online or by hard copy.  Click Awards Form to print out hard copy to submit. Hard copy nominations should be mailed to:

Timothy Couillard

3700 James River Road

Midlothian, VA 23113

or you can email them to him at

Click here to submit your nomination online.