Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award For Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching

John Russell and Ed Robeck
Congratulations to our 2015 Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award winner, John Russell!
2015 National Finalists: James Spiegl and Mary Tykoski

Past Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award Winners


The purpose of this award is to honor the memory of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., who was a past president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), a professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a recipient of both the Ian Campbell Medal and the Heroy Distinguished Service Award. He was a lifelong supporter of teachers and students of all ages and served for a number of years as chair of the AGI Education Advisory Committee. The award is designed to recognize one teacher of grades K-8 (or Key Stages 1-3 in the United Kingdom) each year for his or her leadership and innovation in Earth science education. The award consists of a $2500 prize for the winning teacher and a grant of up to $1000 to enable the recipient to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in March 2017 to accept the award. The winning teacher and his or her school each will receive a plaque of recognition. Applications for the 2017 competition must be submitted by January 20, 2017.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time U.S. or U.K. classroom teacher who currently provides instruction in Earth science at the K-8 level with all the responsibilities of such a position. 

The following documents need to be included in the online application packet:

  • Current curriculum vitae or resume with complete contact information, professional development experience, and awards.
  • Letter of recommendation from the teacher’s principal on school letterhead.
  • Letters of recommendation (with contact information and on letterhead) from two other education professionals who have observed the applicant teaching Earth science (district science supervisor, teaching colleague, team leader, etc.).
  • Exemplary Earth system science lesson plan that emphasizes an inquiry-based approach (five pages maximum including handouts). The lesson plan must include instructional objectives, student outcomes, key concepts, materials used, safety guidelines, lesson procedure, and assessment methods.
  • Essay (500 words maximum) describing the importance of teaching Earth science to students and how the applicant inspires students to learn Earth science concepts. The essay should also include information on how the applicant augments his or her own Earth science understanding as an adult learner.

Applicants will be judged on their dedication to and enthusiasm for teaching Earth science, as well as their expertise in crafting and delivering Earth science instruction for their students. Applicants will also be judged on their demonstrated commitment to improving their own Earth science understanding as lifelong learners.

Applications must be submitted by January 20, 2017.  Questions? Please email us at jmcrowell@americangeosciences.org