2019 Virginia's Outstanding STEM Awards at Science Museum of Virginia

Thursday, 26 September, 2019


Please join us for Virginia's Outstanding STEM Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 26 from 6-8 PM at the Science Museum of Virginia. Seating is limited. RSVP to sperrettt@smv.org by September 19.

Governor Ralph Northam and the Science Museum of Virginia’s Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti announce the 2019 Virginia's Outstanding STEM Award recipients. Five individuals were selected for their scientific contributions, which help strengthen the Commonwealth’s current and future position as a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

“Virginia has a distinguished record as one of the best states in the STEM disciplines, and that is because of the talent, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit of scientists, students, and educators like those we are honoring with this year’s awards,” said Governor Northam. “I am proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the tremendous achievements of these Virginians, and thank them for their contributions to these important fields.”

For more than 30 years, Virginia has been recognizing excellence across the Commonwealth with the Outstanding STEM Awards. This year, winners are honored in three categories:

  • Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist, awarded to scientists who have made globally significant contributions to their field.
  • STEM Conductor, awarded to a Virginia educator who has created enriching experiences that inspire the next generation of STEM enthusiasts.
  • STEM Phenom, awarded to a student who applied STEM principles for exceptional ends to make the world a better place.

“Educators, scientists, and students who inspire others to learn enrich our schools, laboratories, classrooms, and communities,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “I am excited to honor the achievements of these five exemplary individuals who have strengthened STEM education in the Commonwealth through their research and service.”

The five honorees will receive their awards at the Science Museum of Virginia on Thursday, September 26. The Virginia Outstanding STEM Awards ceremony is made possible by the generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Garner, Jr. and Dr. and Mrs. William V. Garner though the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.

“The Museum is proud to celebrate individuals who are making the world a better place through their research and applications of STEM,” said Rich Conti, Chief Wonder Officer at the Science Museum of Virginia. “We may not stop to think about it throughout the day, but so much of our quality of life can be attributed to advances in STEM. These talented Virginians are an inspiration to us all.”


Free to attend


Science Museum of Virginia
2500 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
United States

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Sarah Perrett

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