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ASTA Classroom and Professional Development Mini-Grants

...for Members Only!

Alaska Science Teachers Association offers mini-grants for classroom projects and professional development twice a year. These are only available to current members of ASTA. To become a member of ASTA click here.

The next opportunity is for either a Professional Development Travel Grant OR a Classroom Project Grant, both up to $500 each. Apply soon! Deadline is August 20, 2019. To apply download application below.

Professional Development Grant

Classroom Project Grant

E-mail application and inquiries to Joey Jigliotti, Awards and Grants Coordinator

Emma Walton Award

A Bit of History

Alaska and the nation lost a science education leader in October of 2012. To continue to honor her service to encourage and strengthen science literacy throughout the country, colleagues may

nominate a science educator whose work is primarily carried out in Alaska and who exemplifies Emma's knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment. This recognition comes with a $500 cash award to be applied to professional development.

The first recipient was granted the award in 2007, given annually for a few years. In 2011, it became a biennial award. Since then, recipients have included Cheryl Cooper, Elena Sparrow, Ray Barnhardt, Kenji Yoshikawa, Pam Randles, and Dave Gillam

 See the Hall of Fame for information on past recipients.


Award will be presented at Alaska Cross-Content Conference August 25-27.

Click here to view the nomination form.

Click here to view the scoring rubric.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching

See the Hall of Fame for past Alaska recipients of the award.

Other Awards Open

for Applicants and Nominees

The following awards are open for teachers and students.

Educator Awards

Student/School Awards

2015 Recipient of Presidential Award for

Excellence in Science Teaching for Alaska


Catherine Walker has been teaching Integrated Science at Romig Middle School for the past 10 years as well as Applied Technology and Health.


Catherine fosters student interest in science and supports them in becoming problem solvers and life long learners. Students in her classroom gather, analyze, and communicate meaningful data that has an impact on their community. Students explore STEM professions that interest them and learn the skills and knowledge they need to achieve success. Teaching at one of the most diverse middle schools in the country, Catherine feels it is important to inspire traditionally underrepresented students toward STEM careers.

Catherine is National Board Certified and was part of a teacher-leader team completing the three-year Academy Creating Teacher Scientists working closely with scientists at Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, on sustainability issues. She also completed the National Academy of Curriculum Leadership focusing on science education reform.

Catherine has a B.S., cum laude, in Biology from Brandeis University and completed the Semester in Environmental Science at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali for Natural Resource Management. She also taught in the village school, trained volunteers, and revised and implemented an improved NRM program. She earned her M.A.T. from University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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