Honors and Recognition

NCSCE welcomes the opportunity to recognize the work of the many people who encourage greater civic engagement and the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for all students. To this end, NCSCE has created programs and awards to honor educators, administrators, students, and members of the public.


The William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science was established by NCSCE and named in honor of its first recipient for his lifetime contributions to citizen science. The first award was presented to its namesake at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2009. The William E. Bennett Award is given annually to an individual and a team whose SENCER and other related activities have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions to citizen science.

In 2017, the Bennett Award was given to Dr. Katayoun Chamany. A longtime participant, contributor, and faculty leader in SENCER programs, Katayoun has developed educational materials integrating social justice perspectives into biology, providing more highly-contextualized biology education to students. Please click here to learn more about her work.

Past Recipients


Over the term of SENCER work, we have had the privilege of developing new programs spurred by needs or innovations by our community members. In this tradition, Hawai'i was designated the first 'SENCER State' in recognition of the inter-institutional collaborations and deep partnerships established to improve the quality of both formal and informal education.

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The Leadership Fellows program offers educators and administrators the opportunity for greater involvement in the our initiatives and allows us to recognize the hard work of those who have developed strong programs. 

The newly revised Fellows program will be an intensive, one-year mentoring experience built around a specific goal that the prospective Leadership Fellow (the mentee) determines in his/her application. Mentors, who will be designated Senior Fellows, will commit to working with a Leadership Fellow to help her/him meet the goal.

For more information on the Leadership Fellows program, please visit the program page.

Guidelines for Applications and Nominations

Expand the sections below for guidelines on being recognized with a William E. Bennett Award or Leadership Fellow appointment.

Bennett Award Nomination Process and Deadlines
Leadership Fellow and Senior Fellow Applications