About the Awards

The Indigenous STEM Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and scientists who are studying and working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, as well as the integral role schools, teachers and mentors have in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in pursuing STEM education and careers.

In its inaugural year, the 2016 Indigenous STEM Awards will run as a pilot program. Nominations are invited from students, teachers, schools, scientists and STEM champions who have been participating in the Indigenous STEM Education Project. Nominations for the Indigenous STEM Professional Award will be sought nationally. In future years, all awards will target a national audience.

The award winners will be announced nationally in early December 2016. All Award winners will be invited to act as Indigenous STEM ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth during 2017.

In promoting high aspiration and the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the Indigenous STEM Awards recognise the critical role of inquiry based learning. Effective inquiry increases student ability to apply the critical thinking skills of planning, conducting, processing and evaluating. The awards also recognise the immense value of connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with inspirational STEM role models, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Applications open on Monday 12 September and close on Sunday 16 October 2016.

The seven awards fall into three categories as follows:

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student STEM Achievement

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student STEM Achievement category includes three student awards which recognise improvement and increased engagement in STEM and ability in applying inquiry skills. The awards target students participating in the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2), PRIME Futures, ASSETS or the Bachelor of Science (Extended) programs.

School, Teacher and STEM Champion

The School, Teacher and STEM Champion category includes three awards which recognise leadership and commitment in inspiring and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their STEM studies. The awards target schools, teachers and those who have played a key role in one or more of the programs including Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2), PRIME Futures, ASSETS or the Bachelor of Science (Extended).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Professional

This national award recognises and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM professionals who are making significant contributions to their field by establishing, managing or undertaking key STEM initiatives, programs and/or research.

Our Indigneous STEM Awards co-ordinator, Karlie Noon, is helping us look for an outstanding Indigenous science, technology, engineering or maths professional to inspire the next generation of young innovators - read more in our blog article Indigenous STEM Awards: discovering our stars.

The flowchart below illustrates the awards eligibility pathways.

Indigenous STEM Awards eligibity pathways

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For more information or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Indigenous STEM Awards team at indigenous-stem-awards@csiro.au  or phone +61 2 4960 6200.

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