Research Triangle Park, NC, May 04, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The first annual SMT Awards were presented at the SMT Celebration on Saturday, April 19 in Cary, N.C. Sam Houston, President and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center), was on hand to announce the awards.
The Business and Industry Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GlaxoSmithKline supports a range of educational programs in the U.S. with the aim of developing an understanding of science issues in everyday life and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science.
Among the programs supported by GSK are the Destiny Bus and Science in the Summer. GSK also provides support for the Teachers and Scientists Collaborating Program which promotes inquiry-based science programs for K-8 students.
In addition, the GSK Foundation has awarded more than $40 million in grants since its charter in 1986. The Foundation supports programs designed to train teachers to engage their students through hands-on science and programs that give students opportunities to do research.
“GlaxoSmithKline, through both its corporate giving and its foundation, have provided extensive support to science education in North Carolina,” said Houston, “We are proud to have GSK be such a committed company that supports STEM education programs.”
Other awards given at the ceremony included: The Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was shared with The Granville Education Foundation Technology Committee, and Shodor; The Champion of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Award was given to J. Donald Cline; The Student Leadership Award of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Adam Meyer, a senior at Raleigh Charter High School; and The Outstanding Educator Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Myra Halpin, Ph.D.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award given by the Governor, was presented to Dr. Enriqueta Bond, President and CEO of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for her years of dedication and service to her community.
About the SMT Center
Founded in 2002, the SMT Center promotes and supports innovation in science, mathematics, and technology learning. Focusing on North Carolina’s elementary and secondary schools, the SMT Center works to provide all children in North Carolina with the necessary knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens and advance the economy of the state. For more information about the SMT Center, please see the website: www.ncsmt.org.