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Outstanding STEM Student Award

Calling All Outstanding STEM High School Students!

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Outstanding STEM Student Award. This is a competitive opportunity for outstanding STEM high school students to submit a writing sample describing why they feel they excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics areas. Recipients of the award will then be invited to attend this year’s 24th Annual Einstein Gala event, accompanied by their parent/guardian and a mentor teacher.

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event, and on March 26th, 2022, it will be held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The highlight of the Gala each year is awarding the National Award of Nuclear Science & History to a significant person in the nuclear science world who has had an impact on nuclear issues. This year, the award will be given to the Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

Proceeds from the Einstein Gala help support the Museum’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational programs for K-12 students as well as professional development workshops for science and math teachers.

Through the sponsorship of Hal Behl and Judith Mead, Museum Foundation Board of Trustees Emeritus, the Museum will invite two exceptional High School students, along with their guests, to be a part of the evening’s celebration. These outstanding students will be recognized by Museum Director, Jim Walther, and Dr. Shirley Jackson, recipient of the 2022 National Award of Nuclear Science & History.

Applications must be submitted online through the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s website.

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Incomplete nomination forms will not be considered. Previous winners are not eligible to apply.

Awards criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a current high school student
  2. Applicant must submit a 500-word writing sample, describing why they feel they are an outstanding STEM student.
  3. Applicant must submit one (1) letter of support from a mentor/teacher. This letter may be submitted electronically through the application process, or emailed to Education Enrichment Coordinator, Linda Anderson at
  4. Applicant must commit to being present at both the Outstanding STEM Student Award breakfast on Saturday, March 19, 2022 and the 24th Annual Einstein Gala on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Application Deadlines:

  • All applications due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Final decisions announced Friday, March 4, 2022

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Lisa Guida, Education Director, at