Teacher of the Year

Utah Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources* in the Earth Sciences

Call for Teacher Applications

The Utah Geological Association (UGA) is seeking nominations for the Utah Science Teacher of the Year Award until December 31, 2019.

The UGA awards the winning teacher $1,500 plus $300 reimbursement for procuring resources related to earth-science teaching (e.g., materials, field trips, etc.) for the teacher and $300 for the science department as a whole.

The winning teacher is automatically entered in the regional contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).  It is recommended that applicants apply to the national award at the same time.  The UGA nominates winners to the AAPG national teacher of the year award.  More details of the national award can be found at the AAPG website.

K-12 Teachers are Eligible!

All K-12 teachers of natural resources in the earth sciences are eligible; Utah educators who typically best meet the award requirements are instructors of:

  • Elementary science
  • Middle school science
  • High school Earth Science
  • other geology or related courses

*Natural resources are defined as earth materials used by civilization past and present, such as natural gas, petroleum, coal, oil shale, mineral ores, building stone, and energy resources from the Earth such as geothermal energy.

Your application can be mailed to:

The Utah Geological Association
Attn: UGA TOTY Award Committee
P.O. Box 520100
Salt Lake City, UT 84152-0100

To submit your application digitally, or more information, please contact:

Matt Affolter
Utah Geological Association, Teacher of the Year Award Committee