Awards and Grants

MESTA sponsored awards and mini-grants are made available to Michigan educators for the purpose of expanding Earth Science education or resources (note: national teachers are eligible for a Stoney Grant). A description of each MESTA award and mini-grant is provided below.

1. Art Weinle Heart of MESTA:

This award is given to a MESTA member who has 15 or more years of service to MESTA and the teaching of Earth and Space Science related courses. Named for the long-time MESTA Board member Art Weinle, this is MESTA's highest award.

2. Cranson Field Scholarships:

These scholarships are awarded to recognize educators new to Earth Science (within the first five years of your service) and help fund up to $1000 of expenses associated with attending a field conference. The scholarship is named after Rod Cranson, a founding father of MESTA that helped to organize the first MESTA summer field conference. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Click here to access additional Cranson Field Scholarship information or to access an application form

3. Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award (OESTA):

This is an annual award presented to an individual Earth Science educator who has been nominated by the MESTA membership. The winner of this award receives $500 and a plaque from MESTA. The deadline for nominations is July 1.

Click here to access additional Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award information or to access the OESTA nomination form

4. Stoney Grants:

The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association has as its motto "Teachers helping teachers." On February 22, 1997, MESTA extended its helping hand to ten teachers through the organization's newest creation - The Stoney Grants.

Currently, up to ten grants are awarded by MESTA each year. As many as nine grants go to Michigan educators, and one is reserved for a NESTA educator living outside of Michigan. Stoney Grants are given to educators to support student-centered Earth Science activities. These grants are named in honor of the late Dr. Harold B. Stonehouse, the original director of MESTA, and a founding member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA). Applications may be submitted at any time in the calendar year. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Click here to access additional Stoney Grant information or to access an application form

5. Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award:

This award is in recognition of excellence in informal Earth science education and mentoring and is sponsored by the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Charles A. Salotti was born in Laurium, Michigan in 1927, and graduated from Calumet High School. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology at the University of Michigan. In 1961 he received his Ph.D. in Mineralogy from the University of Michigan, working with Prof. E. W. Heinrich. After a prominent career in industry and in teaching in many places across the USA, he and his wife Tiger relocated to Chassell where Charlie devoted his efforts to the development of the mining industry and especially to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. This award has been made since 1999, with support of the Edith Dunn and E. Wm. Heinrich Mineralogical Research Trust, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and the Salotti family. The winner of this award will receive $500 and a lifetime membership to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

Eligible Awardees: Current and past Michigan educators and professional museum staff in the broad area of Earth science (secondary schools, community college, university) who have demonstrated excellence in informal education and/or mentoring.

Nominations: Nominations are welcome from members of MESTA, school administrators, teachers, former students, and other professional staff such as museum or library staff. The deadline for nominations is July 1. To download the nomination form, select the file located at the bottom of this page.

Selection: Up to one winner per year will be selected by MESTA, please contact Chuck Schepke (schepkec@gmail.com) for more information.

Primary Criteria: The candidate has demonstrated excellence in the design, development, and/or implementation of informal approaches to Earth science education. Informal approaches focus on exposing students to experiences outside of the classroom setting. Examples of informal approaches include field trips, field-based explorations/projects, creation of exhibitions, museum-based exploration/projects, weekend workshops, extramural clubs, etc. OR the candidate has demonstrated excellence in mentoring of students and teachers in the area of Earth science. Mentoring focuses on the perceived impact on students relevant to work or career and on teachers relevant to professional development. Recommendations must cite specific examples of the impact this teacher has had on colleagues and former students.

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