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Governor looking for 2018 STEM team

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is looking for outstanding students to highlight the state’s focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This will be the first year for the Governor’s STEM Team Awards.

The state will select one Indiana student in each category to receive the 2018 STEM Award.

“All academic subjects are important to study and master, but few are transforming our world every day like the STEM fields,” Gov. Holcomb said. “STEM-related courses prepare our future leaders for life beyond high school and provide a good foundation for them to grow and make an impact on our communities.”

The Governor’s STEM Team Award process looks at the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Bachelorette (IB) and dual credit courses that the Hoosier teens have taken.

Applicants will also want to include their contest and competition history on the submission form.

A panel of STEM professionals, teachers and university representatives will select the winners based on academic performance, work in research, leadership, community service and extracurricular involvement.

Winning students each receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Indiana’s College Choice 529 Direct Savings plan and letter jackets identifying them as members of the governor’s STEM Team.

Students can apply themselves or Indiana teachers and school members can nominate them. Winners will be announced in May. 

“I look forward to announcing the winners this spring,” the governor said.

Indiana’s 2016 STEM & Innovation Report Card found that keeping STEM students from dropping out of the “STEM Talent Pipeline” is essential in meeting U.S. STEM Job demands for the future.

Visit secure.in.gov/apps/govstemawards/STEMAwards.aspx to apply or nominate someone for the Indiana Governor’s 2018 STEM Team.

Applications are due before noon April 22.