University of Southern California

Ocean Science Leadership Award


The sponsors of the QuikSCience Challenge recognize educators who make outstanding contributions to ocean science education. Each educator selected for an Ocean Science Leadership Award receives a cash award of $500 and an Ocean Leadership plaque from the QuikSCience Challenge and the NSF-funded Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)-West. The winners of these awards are announced at the QuikSCience Challenge Recognition Event.

Previous winners of Ocean Science Leadership Awards

See the list of teachers who have been recognized for their leadership and exemplary service in marine science education.

Four Categories for Ocean Science Leadership Awards

Formal Teaching Excellence Award

For classroom teachers who actively develop and implement innovative and effective approaches to learning and teaching of ocean sciences. This category is open to all teachers from elementary to high school in California.

Informal Teaching Excellence Award

For environmental educators who demonstrate a commitment to developing and implementing effective and innovative approaches to learning and teaching of ocean sciences in informal (free-choice) environments such as outdoor science camps, aquariums and museums.

Early Career Award

For teachers with less than two years experience who demonstrate an interest and commitment to developing and implementing effective and innovative approaches to learning and teaching of ocean sciences.

Commitment to Education Award

For individuals involved in education whose actions and contributions have helped improve K-12 teaching and learning of ocean sciences. This category encompasses school and district administrators, university researchers and scientists, and education volunteers.

Candidates for the Ocean Science Leadership Awards

Candidates can be nominated by a colleague or peer, and they can nominate themselves. Nominations require a one-page narrative that describes the candidate's activities and contributions, such as:

  • Enthusiasm for teaching and promoting student learning of ocean sciences.
  • Ability to arouse curiosity, inspire independent learning and develop critical thought.
  • Command of the subject matter, including recent developments in the ocean sciences.
  • Innovation in the design and delivery of content materials, and imaginative presentation of subject matter.
  • Professional development activities related to teaching of ocean sciences.