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Call for Applications: The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence
Date:11/16/2010

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) today announced that it now invites applications for its 19th annual Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE).  This award is designed to recognize and honor extraordinary science teachers at the K-12 level who significantly impact their students through exemplary science teaching and who achieve demonstrated results in student learning in communities where Amgen operates.  

With a longstanding commitment to science education, Amgen established the teacher awards program to promote and encourage science excellence in public and private schools.  Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded over $2.5 million to educators who have made exceptional science-teaching contributions and who have significantly impacted the lives of their students.  

Amgen will honor a total of 34 teachers in states where Amgen has operating sites: California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Washington as well as Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec).  

The 34 selected winners within the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada will receive the following benefits:

  • An unrestricted cash award of $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD; and
  • A restricted $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD cash grant to the recipient's school for the expansion or enhancement of a school science program, science resources, or the professional development of the school's science teachers.

Applicants are required to submit an innovative lesson plan that they have successfully incorporated into their classroom and that can be shared with other teachers. A panel of independent judges will select the winners based on the following criteria: creativity and effectiveness of teaching methods; innovative lesson p
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