The Peter Doherty awards recognise students, teachers, schools (both state and non-state), volunteers, mentors and organisations that demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.

Awards of $5000 each are on offer in this year’s Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

STEM subjects are increasingly recognised as being vitally important for Queenslanders’ jobs of the future. Awards are offered across the following six categories:

  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards
  • Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student Awards
  • Outstanding Teacher of STEM Awards
  • Outstanding STEM Support Officer Awards
  • STEM Education Partnership Awards
  • Outstanding School STEM Awards

2017 marks the 14th year of the awards named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and The University of Queensland.

Nominations are now open and close COB Wednesday 19 April 2017, with winners to be announced at an awards presentation ceremony to be held on 11 August 2017.

For further information on how to apply, visit: Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Award conditions

Applicants may be nominated by themselves or by another person. Previous Peter Doherty Award recipients are not eligible to apply. Applications should not be for projects or initiatives that are the same or similar to previously submitted applications unless the project or initiative is significantly enhanced or modified. For further information about the Peter Doherty Awards please email peterdohertyawards@det.qld.gov.au.

How the award is to be used

For students, the award is to be used to:

  • undertake activities associated with tertiary STEM courses
  • attend conferences, forums or events that will extend your experiences in STEM
  • purchase equipment that can assist your learning and development in STEM
  • undertake research projects, including experience in a research laboratory.For schools and education partners, the award is to be used to assist in undertaking further STEM activities.It is anticipated that the successful applicants will attend the awards ceremony. If required, travel and accommodation expenses will be paid by the Department of Education and Training for the award recipients. For student awards the travel and accommodation expenses will also be paid for two accompanying adults if required.

Attendance at the award ceremony

  • For teachers and support officers, the award is to be used to assist you to undertake appropriate professional development activities acceptable to your principal and within the normal guidelines of your employing authority.

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