Applications open for 2022 National STEM Scholar Program


Applications are now open for middle school science teachers wishing to apply for a spot in the 2022 class of the National STEM Scholar Program, a unique professional development program providing advanced STEM training, national network building and “big idea” project support for the teachers of aspiring scientists nationwide.

The National STEM Scholar Program works to inspire the creativity and passion of middle school science teachers.

Created in partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University (WKU), the National STEM Scholar Program selects 10 teachers each year from a national pool of applicants to participate in a week of advanced STEM training, national network building and individual project development on the WKU campus.

STEM Scholars also spend a day with a nationally or internationally recognized STEM speaker.

Past speakers have included Eric Mazur, Balkanski professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, and John Medina, author of The New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules.”

Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application.

Applicants must be teachers from the United States who teach science classes a majority of the day in grades 6-8 and have at least two years of previous experience teaching science.

Applications are due Feb. 1.

There are now 60 STEM Scholars representing middle schools in 29 states, from Alaska to New York and Wisconsin to Florida. Each successful applicant receives the following:

  • Advanced education and leadership training on the campus of WKU May 29-June 4, 2022. All expenses – travel, lodging and meals – are included;
  • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration;
  • A generous stipend for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project;
  • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teaching Association National Conference in March/April 2023. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging and meals – are included; and
  • Year-long mentorship and support provided by WKU faculty.

Applications for the National STEM Scholarship Program are available on the WKU website.