Special Awards from National, Regional, and Local Organizations

American Chemical Society The ACS, Puget Sound Section is an innovative, talented, productive and motivated group of volunteers who are invested in the advancement of chemistry.  They are presenting a certificate and monetary award to students that promote and support chemistry and its practitioners.

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics PNW (AIAA) The AIAA is the world’s largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense, with about 35,000 members worldwide.  The Pacific Northwest AIAA is pleased to offer awards for student’s excellence in aviation and space science.  The monetary award includes a certificate.

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Excellence in Atmospheric or Related Sciences The American Meteorological Society will award four certificates of Outstanding Achievement to student exhibitors in grades 7 & 12. Projects relating to atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences will be considered.  Recipients are listed in the December issue of the “Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society”.

American Psychological Association Certificate for Achievement in Research in Psychological Science The American Psychological Association Education Directorate and Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools will award two certificates recognizing outstanding research in psychology from the category of behavioral and social sciences.

ASM Materials Education International Foundation Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science The ASM International Foundation will award two certificates and medallions recognizing the projects most demonstrating a high standard of innovativeness and scientific excellence in use of materials related concepts and some aspect of the materials paradigm.

Association for Women Geoscientists – Puget Sound The Puget Sound Association for Women Geoscientists awards grades 7 – 12 and includes a certificate and handbook to female students whose project exemplifies high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences illustrating the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences or promoting the sensitivity to the earth as a global system.

Association for Women Geoscientists Student Award for Geosciences Excellence The National Association for Women Geoscientists will award two certificates to female students whose project exemplifies high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences illustrating the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences or promoting the sensitivity to the earth as a global system.

Arizona State University – Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives ASU Rob & Melani Walton’s vision are to harness the knowledge to deliver solutions for the complex challenges of sustainability.  To celebrate innovative solutions they are acknowledging four students with awards.

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) BPA presents a certificate and monetary award to three students with the most outstanding project relating to improving energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, development of renewable energy sources or advancements in power production technology.  BPA encourages young people to pursue careers in engineering and science offering up to 30 students a tour of a BPA complex facility.

Bremerton Central Lions Club Chartered with 20 original members, the Bremerton Central Lions Club has met continuously in service for more than 86 years. They were integral in the first White Cane Days supporting the Northwest Lions Eye Bank. Recently renamed Sight Life, it is one of the largest eye banks in the country.  Through the Club Foundation they are awarding one 12th grade project best related to sight or hearing a $1,000 scholarship directly to the college or university of their choice upon enrollment and acceptance.

Bremerton Council PTSA Bremerton PTSA presents six certificates and monetary awards to students in grades 1-6 whose project demonstrates originality, creativity and knowledge of the scientific process.

Broadcom MASTERS The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a competition for grades 6 – 8.  Nationally, the top 10% of these grades are selected for this honor.  Up to 28 WSSEF nominees are eligible to register to compete nationally for valuable prizes and awards including a trip to Washington DC for the finalist student and parent.

Central Valley Garden Club The Central Valley Garden Club presents 13 awards in grades 1 – 6 consisting of a certificate and a monetary award to encourage young people to gain knowledge and find new interest in their environment.  Award categories include: Plant Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Environmental Management or Sciences.

Croswaite Tribute Awards As Founder, Gwen Croswaite dedication to offering children a science and engineering venue is fulfilled through the thousands of students who have competed at the WSSEF and chosen careers in science and engineering as a result of their experiences.  In her honor, the Gwen Croswaite Washington Science Student of the Year is awarded to a student in grades 1 – 6.  To honor her son, the C.J. Croswaite Washington Student of the Year Award is presented to a student in grades 7 – 8.

Do Real Things Do Real Things is dedicated to the promotion and recognition of academic excellence in science and engineering.  Six Do Real Things Award of Excellence certificates and monetary awards are presented students in grades 7-12 who demonstrate outstanding critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ERAU, the world’s leader in Aviation and Aerospace Education, now housing the nation’s first College of Security and Intelligence — is proud to present the Embry-Riddle Launch Scholarship for recognition of projects that display excellence in the fields of aviation, aerospace, and security and intelligence.  Each student receives a renewable scholarship for $2,000 per year for a total of $8,000, redeemable at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ.

The Evergreen State College The Evergreen State College Natural and Physical Science Awards include a one-year full tuition scholarship and three one-quarter scholarships. Students eligible are grades 10-12 participating in the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.  Once enrolled, instead of choosing a predefined major, you design an academic pathway that is unique to your interests and development during college.

GENIUS Olympiad The Genius Olympiad is a 5-day international high school project competition focusing on environmental issues held in SUNY Oswego, New York.  Three students receive all expense paid (excluding travel) trips for themselves and a supervisor.

Geosciences This award recognizes research in the physical processes that shape or have shaped the planet in the past.  This includes earth materials, dynamic processes and change agents (volcanism, seismology).

Graphic Design Awards are presented to those projects with display boards exhibiting the visual impact in the use of photographs and color, text and overall design.  Monetary awards and certificates for one project from grades 1-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12.

Health & Fitness Presented to students in grades 1 to 6 and 7 to 8 with a passion for promoting health and fitness through their project design or displaying mastery of a subject in health and fitness. Students receive a certificate, medallion and monetary award.

IEEE – Seattle Section (pronounced “I-Triple-E”) IEEE is a global organization improving the livability and advancement of society through the use of electro-technology and computer science. The IEEE Seattle Section bestows four certificates and monetary awards to students’ grades 4 – 12.

Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award The award recipient(s) receive an Intel Award Certificate and monetary award for an outstanding computer science project in grades 9 – 12.

I-SWEEEP – International Sustainable World Project Olympiad The Outstanding Sustainability Award is presented to the two top high school projects selected in categories of energy, engineering or the environment who display outstanding work in the theme of environmental sustainability and innovation.  Each recipient and their adult supervisor receive hotel accommodations, some meals and registration fees to attend the 5-day ISWEEP competition in Houston, Texas.

The Lisbon Group, LLC Lisbon Group’s “Young Mind with Power and Energy” award recognizes science and engineering projects demonstrating excellence related to energy production, utilization and conservations.  Five students grade 1-6 receive a plaque and monetary award; one student grades 7-12 receives a plaque and monetary award for their future educational goals.

Margaret I. Lugg Young Explorers Awards Twenty-two projects presented to encourage students grades 1-6 whose science or engineering project and presentation best reflect a passion and commitment to their topic.  This award focuses on the students to continue questioning and exploring the world around us.

Marine Sciences One student each in grades 7-8 and grades 9-12 receives a certificate and monetary award recognizing outstanding research in the dynamic field of marine sciences, including marine biology, oceanography and marine engineering.

Medicine & Health An award in grades 1 to 6 and 7 to 8 to students who display a keen interest and desire to understand concepts in the subject matter of medicine and health.  Each student receives a certificate, medallion and monetary award.

Mildred A. Misic Memorial Awards These 22 awards are presented in honor of Mildred A. Misic to encourage young people to follow their curiosity and find answers to their questions.

Mu Alpha Theta Certificate of Achievement Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two Year College Mathematics Honor Society, awards certificates for the projects demonstrating the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics.

Museum of Flight The Sights of Flight awards include free passes to the Museum of Flight.  The Museum of Flight is the only aviation and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian Affiliate.

NASA Earth System Science Award Projects awarded the NASA Earth System Science Certificate are invited to submit their abstract on the provided NASA Earth System Science Awardee information form.   From these submitted forms, up to 25 of the most relevant projects are invited to participate in a NASA Earth System Science Virtual Science Colloquium where they present their projects to NASA scientists and educators.  Ten projects using NASA-related data may be highlighted on the ‘MY NASA DATA Science Project Page’.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ‘Taking the Pulse of the Planet’ Award The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration awards two “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” certificates and medallions.  The student’s research project emphasizes NOAA’s mission to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment; conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic coastal and environmental needs.

Navy League of the U.S. – Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Counsel NLUS-BOPC proudly presents seven STEM awards to students grades 1-12 whose projects best contributes to the advancement of science, engineering or technology in support of our nation’s Sea Services, the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The NLUS-BOPC partners with educational, government, commercial and military organizations impacting STEM education nationwide to expand the ranks of those who choose STEM careers.

Office of Naval Research ~ U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps Award The Office of Naval Research sponsors science that changes the world including discovering the magnetic core, GPS and smart robots.  They award eight students demonstrating exceptional work in science and engineering. Awards are a combination of certificates, medallions and gift certificates.

Ohio Wesleyan University Twenty Outstanding Achievements in Science Scholarships are offered by Ohio Wesleyan University, a national liberal arts and sciences university with a major international presence.  Each scholarship is $20,000 renewable for four years; total value for each scholarship is $80,000.  OWU’s science facilities include the state-of-the-art Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, two observatories, two nature preserves, a greenhouse and a vast science library.  Arts facilities include two stages, 2-D & 3-D art, Richard M. Ross Art Museum and top music facilities.

Olympic College Olympic College presents six STEM awards on behalf of the Mathematics, Engineering, Sciences and Health (MESH) Division.  Olympic College and the MESH Department are committed to excellence in teaching student’s ways to integrate theory, experience and application and recognizing outstanding STEM projects in grades 7-12.

Olympic College Foundation Scholarships The Olympic College Foundation is proud to provide two Robert B. Stewart Memorial Scholarships, which are based on academic merit and ability to clearly articulate personal and professional goals.  These $4,500 scholarships are aimed primarily for students majoring in science, engineering or math at Olympic College and intending to transfer to a four-year university.  The Olympic College Foundation presents these scholarships as an investment in young people now, for the betterment of our community and society as a whole.

Origami Math & Science These five awards for students’ grades 1-6 celebrate the joy of exploration in math or science.

Pacific Science Center The Pacific Science Center is proud to recognize students exhibiting scientific and engineering principles.  The award recipients’ grades 1-8 each receive a Family Membership and grades 9 – 12 receive four IMAX passes and four Exhibit passes allowing students, family and friends the opportunity to explore the wonders of the Pacific Science Center.

Plant Sciences Achievement Award Presented to one student in grades 7 – 8 and grades 9 – 12 who shows curiosity and creativity in working with plants, including the areas of ecology and agronomy.   The certificate and cash awards are not restricted to the Plant Sciences category, but may include projects in the environment sciences as well.

Puget Sound Institute of Food Technologists (PSIFT) The PSIFT assists the local food community. Three selected projects involve creating great food products, ensuring food safety and promoting the advancement of food science. Each award includes a certificate and a plaque awarded directly from PSIFT.

Ricoh Americas Corporation Sustainable Development Award Ricoh Corporation recognizes two students demonstrating outstanding efforts addressing environmental responsibility and sustainable development.  An individual or team entry is selected from among the general award categories, whose principles and technical innovations offer the greatest potential for increasing our ability to grow environmentally friendly and socially responsible businesses.

Robert M. Lugg M.D. Exceptional Merit Award for Medicine and Health Sciences A plaque and monetary award is presented to the best project in medicine and health sciences. The award honors the memory of Robert M. Lugg, M.D. who dedicated his life to working with young people as a Pediatrician. Dr. Lugg was especially interested in helping children with special needs. Dr. Lugg was a past WSSEF judge and sponsor.

Seattle Pacific University Nearly 120 years old, SPU is nestled in a residential neighborhood just 10 minutes from the heart of Seattle.   Their outstanding scholarship and thoughtful faith is a powerful combination that brings about change in the lives of graduates and in the people and communities they go on to serve. Seattle Pacific University is pleased to award three $2,000 renewable ($24,000 total) scholarships.

Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society Founded in 1886 as an international honor society of research scientists and engineers, the Sigma Xi awards one student a certificate and monetary award.  Sigma Xi multi-disciplinary members are elected for their research achievements and more than 200 members have won the Nobel Prizes.

Society for In Vitro Biology Outstanding Achievement for Ability and Creativity The Society for In Vitro awards two outstanding 11th grade students in the areas of plant or animal In Vitro biology or tissue culture. The students receive a letter of congratulations and publicity of their achievement included in the society’s newsletter or on their website at www.sivb.org.

SPIE – The International Society for Optics and Photonics Three award winning students who apply optics or photonics related technology, techniques or principles to their projects receive certificates and monetary awards.  The Society is committed to education and the next generation of optical scientists and engineers.

Universal Quality Control (UQC) UQC is a legendary service organization whose mission is to evaluate performance and deliver messages of commendation or rebuke. The UQC Award for Excellence in the Physical Sciences and Engineering grades 9-12 receives the heavy weight “CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics” award and certificate.

U.S. Air Force The U.S. Air Force is proud to recognize the top students questing for excellence in the science and engineering fields that exemplify the scientific process ideally aerospace related, but projects in math or science field are also acceptable. The award recipients receive a certificate, a Victory sport bag with electronics.

U.S. Metric Association Certificate of Award The U.S. Metric Association awards two certificates to the students whose project involves a significant amount of quantitative measurement and which best uses the SI metric system for those measurements.

USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Stations The USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Stations generate and communicate scientific knowledge that assists land managers, policymakers and citizens understand and make informed choices about people, natural resources and the environment.  Plaques and certificates are presented for “Outstanding Natural Resource” projects.

USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Seattle The Seattle Division of the USDA Forest Service Pacific NW Research Stations recognizes projects that show excellence in statistical thinking including design of data collection methods, graphing and data analysis, statistical inference and/or statistical theory.  The award includes a certificate, cash and a Wolfram Mathematica software license.  Honorable Mention award receives a certificate.

Washington State Association of Fire Marshals The Washington State Fire Science and Safety awards are selected upon a student’s interest in evaluating and analyzing fire prevention and safety both as an individual and as a community.  Projects include practical applications for prevention of fire ignition, spread control, extinguishment, detection or life safety application.  Two award recipients receive monetary awards and plaques.

Washington State University – College of Arts and Sciences The Washington State University College of Arts and Sciences offers academic programs in social and natural sciences, mathematics, humanities and performing arts.  Students learn to communicate effectively, build or increase their cultural literacy and develop analytical and critical thinking skills that will fortify their careers and prepare them to be successful global citizens.  WSU College of Arts and Sciences is proud to present two $3,000 renewable ($24,000 total) scholarships emphasizing interdisciplinary research.

Washington State University – Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at WSU is committed to creating a sustainable future, offering you the best undergraduate and graduate experience and immersing you in a world-class research environment that offers opportunity for doing hands-on work on real projects.  Two $2,000 renewable ($16,000 total) scholarships are awarded for engineering and/or computer science proficiencies.

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium supports students pursuing STEM degrees at Washington State colleges and universities creating a pipeline for scientific and engineering careers by presenting four awards in grade 12.

Washington Society of Professional Soil Scientists (WSPSS) Monetary awards and certificates are presented for the best project related to soil science. WSPSS encourages students to present a project that elucidates soil function and importance in the overall picture of earth sciences and might explore, for example, the role of soil in carbon sequestration, as a natural filter for wastewater, as a medium for plant growth, or how soil impacts our daily lives.

Washington State Dental Association The Washington State Dental Association presents monetary awards and invitations to present their projects at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference.  Projects must exemplify the values of oral health and the Science of Dentistry via basic science research or demonstrating the Relationship between Good Oral Health and Overall Health.

Water Environment Federation U.S. Regional Stockholm Junior Water Prize Award The Water Environment Federation awards six certificates to students in grades 9 – 12 and an opportunity to compete in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize with the best project in water environment science. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the most prestigious youth award for a high school water science research project. The award recipient progresses to state, national and international competitions by registering and submitting their research paper at: www.StockholmJuniorWaterPrize.org.

Whitman College As one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, Whitman College located in Walla Walla is in an ideal location for intellectual reflection and contemplation. Whitman College is a vibrant, close-knit, residential community where – from academics to athletics and dynamic student clubs – people collaborate, support and connect with one another in powerful ways. Whitman College is presenting two $2,500 scholarships renewable ($20,000 total) scholarships.

Wolfram Research, Inc. ~ Mathematica Up to 44 students receive a complimentary software license for Wolfram Mathematica Student Edition and Alpha Pro Software. Mathematica created the popular computational knowledge engine Wolfram-Alpha.  Wolfram-Alpha is great for learning about history, math, science and almost every school subject.

Yale Science & Engineering Association Award for Outstanding 11th Grade Exhibit The Yale Science & Engineering Association (YSEA) awards two certificates and medallions to the most outstanding 11th grade students exhibiting in the general areas of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry.

The awards listed are subject to change as more awards and prizes become available.