Interactive Science Educators Award

The Interactive Science Educators award is an annual opportunity for leading educators to be recognized for their exceptional contributions to the field of online science education.

Nominations are now closed. We'll announce the 2023 award recipients soon, so stay tuned!

The 2024 award nominations will open July 2024. Sign up to be the first to know!

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The 2023 Honorees

Congratulations to the honorees of this year's Interactive Science Educator Award! These educators are being recognized for finding innovative ways to engage students, encouraging accessibility, leveraging hybrid teaching and learning strategies, and using technology in ways that support greater student success.


Ms. Latoya Hill
Barton Community College
For Innovative Use of Technology


Dr. Charuta Mirajkar

Brightpoint Community College
For Promoting Accessibility


Dr. Lori Wilson

University of North Georgia
For Unique Methods of Student Engagement


Dr. Effat Zeidan Hatoum

California Baptist University
For Leveraging Hybrid Learning and Teaching Strategies


Honoring Online Science Educators

Every day, educators across the country provide their students with the opportunity to gain scientific literacy and consider a field in the sciences by providing more online students with access to an enriching educational experience. We want to recognize them for their dedication.

The Interactive Science Educators award honors online science educators who are positively impacting student success by using unique methods to engage their students, promoting accessibility, leveraging hybrid teaching & learning strategies, and identifying innovative ways to use technology in their course.

Up to 4 recipients of this award will be acknowledged each year for the remarkable impact they have on enhancing the delivery and overall achievement of online science education.

Recipients are chosen by either peer or self nomination and selected by one of the below criteria:

Nominees will be evaluated annually by the Science Interactive Group Awards and Recognitions Committee. The top 4 rated submissions will be selected.


Unique Methods of Student Engagement

What are you doing to create memorable and impactful experiences for the students in your course(s)?

Promoting Accessibility

How are you using available technology and tools to foster a supportive and accessible learning experience for all?

Leveraging Hybrid Learning and Teaching Strategies

How are you combining hands-on experiences with virtual content in creative ways to support student success in your online science course(s)?

Innovative Use of Technology

How are you maximizing the use, and pushing the limits, of technology to make the greatest impact on the delivery of your course(s)?

Interactive Science Educators Award Recipient Benefits

$500 donation of lab materials or kits for their course or department
A $500 travel stipend to attend a conference
Recognition on the Science Interactive website and in media outreach
Custom, "Golden Goggles" Award Trophy
The opportunity to participate in virtual and in-person panel discussions focused on advancing best practices in online science education