2019 Award Recipients

The North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research bestows its Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education to one or more recipients in the field of K–16 STEM education each year. The awards are designed to recognize educators at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and higher education faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The number of awards given each year is at the discretion of the Awards and Recognitions Committee.

Our 2019 Award Recipients are:

Amanda Martyn, Ph.D.

Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education

K-12 Recipient

Amanda teaches Classical Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Epidemiology, Forensic Science and Public Health Topics at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, N.C. Through the School of Science and Math’s Distance Education and Extended Programs, she has had the opportunity to reach students across the state, bringing STEM knowledge and expertise through unique interactive video conferencing and online courses. This distance education program serves the needs of rural North Carolinians by providing students with opportunities to take specialty science, math and humanities electives at no cost to the participating rural schools. Amanda was also a member of the large Race to the Top curriculum development grant funded by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This project developed four strands of high school STEM curriculum in a digital format. Amanda exemplifies the Bridging the Gap spirit with her work as a 100Kin10 Fellow where she has joined a network of scholars and STEM teachers with the goal of collaborating, learning from others and finding more opportunities to serve the STEM community.

Ann Somers

Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education

Higher Education Recipient

Ann is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Biology and is an Assistant Director of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her role as a senior lecturer at UNCG, she teaches approximately 500 students in Biology every year. Her leadership skills in planning and implementing courses at UNCG have had major impacts on their curriculum for decades and she has designed popular courses in the curriculum, cutting across multiple departments and colleges. Ann is the Director, Chair or part of the Executive Committee of multiple state-wide agencies focusing on wild-life conservation. She serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and is a Founding Member of the North Carolina Herpetological Society. Ann also is the founder and chair of The Box Turtle Collaborative, which involves three universities and five state agencies focusing on a citizen science project to educate and involve students in turtle conservation.