Amgen Inc., a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops, manufactures and markets important human therapeutics for serious illnesses. Amgen Inc. is committed to dramatically improving people's lives – not only through the therapeutics we deliver to patients but also through supporting programs that advance science literacy throughout North America. One of the most important vehicles for Amgen Inc.'s corporate philanthropy is the Amgen Foundation. Launched in 1991, the Foundation is an integral component of Amgen Inc.'s commitment to dramatically improve people's lives (“Amgen” hereafter refers to Amgen Inc. and/or the Amgen Foundation, either collectively or separately). Amgen is committed to raising the value of science literacy for both students and teachers.
The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) is an annual awards program that recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada who are elevating the level of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students. An independent panel of judges selects the winners based on a variety of criteria including, among others, a teacher's ability to effectively engage students while deepening their scientific understanding, the plan for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their schools, and a letter of recommendation. Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded over $3 million to public and private school science teachers, grades K-12, in communities in which Amgen operates. In the US, the award is provided by the Amgen Foundation and in Canada, this award is provided by Amgen Inc.
Following an extensive judging process, 9 science teachers will be chosen for the award. The winners from select communities in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, Puerto Rico and Canada will receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD and the recipient's school will receive a restricted grant of $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD to be utilized for the expansion or enhancement of a school science program, for science resources, or for the professional development of the school's science teachers.
Important: Please read the complete Official Rules before submitting an AASTE application. By submitting an application for consideration, the applicants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that they satisfy all of the requirements set forth therein. Applicants who are selected and elect to receive an AASTE award agree to be bound by these Official Rules and eligibility requirements.
- Applicants for this award must be full-time classroom teachers of grades K–12 in a public or private school setting and whose major responsibilities include teaching science. Additionally, applicants must serve one single school facility located in communities in which Amgen has key operating sites. For the 2013 awards, this specifically includes the following communities:
- Ventura County
- San Francisco Bay Area (including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties)
- Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer, Summit, Park, and Weld Counties
- Jefferson County
- Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties
Puerto Rico (all)
Rhode Island (all)
- King and Snohomish Counties
- Applicants must be teaching full time at time of application submission and throughout the following academic year. Applicants must have at least three years of experience teaching science in grades K–12.
- Immediate-family members (parent, child, sibling and/or spouse) of Amgen staff are not eligible to receive this award.
- Teachers who are past winners of AASTE are not eligible.
- Schools that are past recipients of AASTE are not eligible in consecutive years.