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Purdue University Board of Trustees Announces the Foster Award for Contributions to K-12 STEM Education in the State of Indiana

The Board of Trustees of Purdue University announces the Christian J. Foster Award in honor of Purdue faculty contributions to transforming K-12 STEM education in the state of Indiana. Named after former First Gentleman, Christian J. Foster, this annual award will recognize a faculty member on any one of Purdue’s campuses who has made demonstrable contributions to improving STEM teaching and learning in K-12 grade levels in Indiana schools. 

Demonstrations of notable contributions may include:

  • implementing creative inquiry-based, technology infused STEM programs
  • providing students with developmentally appropriate opportunities to grow an innate interest in STEM
  • investing in either the development of innovative capabilities and educational tools OR in significantly scaling proven models and approaches
  • increasing the number of/types of opportunities for students and teachers to get to know positive, real-life individuals in STEM careers, making the field more accessible

The Foster Award comes with a $2,500 award and $15,000 in discretionary funds to support the recipient’s work.   

Nominations must include:

  • a summary (not to exceed three pages) of the nominee’s career accomplishments in teaching, research and engagement in K-12 education that has benefitted the state of Indiana, as well as the synergies among these three aspects of the nominee’s achievements.
  • the nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  • three letters of support. A nomination letter counts as one of the three letters.


Nominations are due Friday, February 21, 2014. The inaugural recipient will be announced at the annual Faculty Awards Convocation in April each year.

Nomination Form

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Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be uploaded in the appropriate spaces below:

  • a summary (not to exceed three pages) of the nominee's accomplishments in advancing STEM education
  • the nominee's CV
  • three letters of support (a nomination letter counts as one of the three letters)

Document size limits - 250 KB each.