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Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award

Award to a Michigan Educator or Museum Staff Member for
Outstanding Informal Earth Science Instruction and Mentoring

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Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA)

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Award of $500 to a Michigan educator or professional museum staff member to recognize outstanding contributions to Earth Science mentoring and education. Strong candidates have demonstrated excellence in the development, design, and implementation of informal 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.

MESTA's Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award is sponsored by the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 160805

Number of Grants:

Up to one winner per year will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The winner of this award will receive $500 and a lifetime membership to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 are welcome from members of MESTA, school administrators, teachers, former students, and other professional staff such as museum or library staff.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for nominations is July 1.

Note: Letters of recommendation (maximum of 5) are highly encouraged.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of recommendation and the nomination form should be sent to:

Chuck Schepke
8640 Loxley
Roscommon Mi 48653

Or by email to

For more information, please contact Chuck Schepke at the above email address.

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USA: Michigan

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