INDIANAPOLIS -- Governor Mitch Daniels recently announced applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Hoosier High School Math and Science Awards. The governor created the award last year to recognize the state's top high school talent in math and science.
"Our best math and science students are vastly more important to Indiana's future than our best athletes, and I say that as a fervent sports fan," said Daniels. "It's time they got the applause they have earned."
All Indiana high school students are eligible to receive the award and can apply online. Nominations from teachers, principals and other school staff members will also be accepted. Application criteria will include such information as SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement scores, awards and prizes as well as grades received in math and science courses. Winners, who will be acknowledged as Mr. or Miss Math or Science, respectively, will be selected by a committee of high school math and science teachers, curriculum experts from the Indiana Department of Education, and representatives from the Governor's Office. Each winner also will receive a $2,000 academic scholarship from McGraw-Hill Education.
"We must create a culture in Indiana education that instills our students with the same passion for academics that our society currently has for athletics, and that begins with programs like this that reward our academic achievers with the same recognition we give to our athletic achievers," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett.
The award was developed with input from the Indiana Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Network, the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc., the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Science Education Foundation of Indiana, Inc. and the Indiana Department of Education.
The inaugural award winners were Samuel Dittmer of Zionsville Community High School who was named "Indiana Mr. Math," and Swara Kopparty of Terre Haute South Vigo High School who was named "Indiana Miss Science."
Applications are available online at https://secure.in.gov/apps/mathscienceaw.... The deadline to apply is March 8. Winners will be announced before the end of the school year.