-- An unrestricted cash award of $5,000USD or $5,000CAD; and
-- A restricted $5,000USD or $5,000CAD 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 plan; and the plan for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their schools.
A select number of the lesson plans submitted by 2009 AASTE Award winners will be posted to Amgen's Website, with the intent that other teachers will benefit from these innovative materials. Select lesson plans from 2007 and 2008 AASTE Award winners are available for download at no cost; educators are encouraged to review and implement any of these plans into their own curriculum.
Those interested in applying should visit http://www.amgen.com/citizenship/aaste.html for more information. The application can be completed online and French and Spanish applications are available in PDF format. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 2, 2009 to be valid. Winners will be notified in between April and June 2009.
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human
therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the
first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and
effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen
therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of
people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease,
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