Student Leadership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

This award recognizes and honors a North Carolina student that is providing extraordinary support to science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) education. This award recognizes student involvement in activities that support SMT education or SMT fields. This award is not based on academic achievement but rather on leadership in SMT.

The student’s efforts should:

  • Show leadership in a SMT field
  • Help engage others (students, community members) in SMT-related activities
  • Show depth of understanding of SMT and importance of SMT in education or community

Examples of student activities include:

  • A student organizing an environmental clean up day in their community
  • A student mentoring younger students in SMT classes
  • A student doing research on an issue impacting the health of a community and presenting the research to policymakers

The recipient of the award will receive a $1,500 scholarship and will be honored at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. A profile of the student will be featured on the SMT Center Web site.

Nominee can self-nominate or be nominated by others.

Award submission requirements

The nominator is responsible for completing the nomination packet including letters of support. Deadline for receipt of all materials including support letters: December 1.

Components of nomination packet:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Narrative about student. Describe and provide examples of how the student:
    • Shows student leadership in a SMT field
    • Helps engage others (students, community members) in SMT-related activities
    • Shows depth of understanding of SMT and importance of SMT in education or community
    • Creates innovative or unique activity

    Narrative should not exceed 1,500 words and should answer each of the criteria for the award.

  • Letters of support from two individuals. The letters should make a compelling case why the individual should be honored. Letters should not exceed 750 words each and should be submitted using the Letter of Support Form.

The nomination form cannot be saved once it is started so please have all the necessary information available before you start.

Once the nomination form is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the nomination. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours, please contact the SMT Center at or 919-991-5111.