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Annual Awards

Stem Awards 2019

Connecticut Science Center STEM Achievement Awards

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Each year, the Connecticut Science Center celebrates the achievements of professionals, groups, advocates, businesses, students, and leaders who share our mission to inspire lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. Winners will be selected by the 2022 Gala Committee based on overall contributions to STEM in the region, opening STEM Careers to diverse audiences, and impacts on STEM Education in the community.

Awards will be presented at the Connecticut Science Center Gala: Back to the Future on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

The STEM Achievement Awards are presented by Stanley Black & Decker.

Click here to learn more about the Connecticut Science Center Gala: Back to the Future on Saturday, October 1, 2022 and to purchase tickets.

 
 

K-12 EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR HONOREE

Steven T. Arnold

Kindergarten Teacher, Retired
Renbrook

HIGHER EDUCATION
HONOREE

Diane C. Hillyer

Professor of Mathematics
Manchester Community College

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION HONOREE

Athena’s Warriors

4-H FIRST Robotics
Team #3182
 
 
 
 

INNOVATOR
HONOREE

David Grew MD MPH

Founder
PRIMR

YOUTH
HONOREE

Francisca I Barria-Lopez

Connecticut Science Center
Teen Innovation Program
Hartford Resident
 
 

Year Name Award
2021 Tara Jo Holmberg, MA, MEd, MS Stem Achievement Individual Award Honoree
2021 Joel Torres Stem Achievement Student Honoree
2021 UCONN Natural Academy Conservation Academy STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree
2020 Carmen R. Cid
Ph.D.
STEM Achievement Award Individual Honoree
2020 The Hartford and the Cognizant U.S. Foundation STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree
2019 John D. Mertens
Ph.D. Professor of Engineering, Trinity College
STEM Achievement Award Individual Honoree
2019 Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative
UConn Health
STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree
2018 Sharon Gusky
Professor, Biology, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
STEM Achievement Award Individual Honoree
2018 Girl Scouts of Connecticut STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree
2017 Carolyn Begnoche
UTC Aerospace Systems
STEM Achievement Award Individual Honoree
2017 CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree
2016 Walter Nakonechny STEM Achievement Award Individual Honoree
2016 Connecticut Invention Convention STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree
2015 Mark Dixon STEM Achievement Award Individual Honoree
2015 Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree
2013 Jared Cohen STEM Achievement Award Individual Honoree
2013 The Travelers Companies, Inc. STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree
2012 Governor Dannel P. Malloy STEM Achievement Award Individual Honoree
2012 United Technologies Corporation STEM Achievement Award Organization Honoree

PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION WOMEN IN SCIENCE LEADERSHIP AWARDS

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These annual awards recognize a woman and young girl working in STEM who are leaders in their fields, and who makes a significant effort to support other women and encourage girls' interests in STEM. The honoree is selected by the Connecticut Science Center's Women in Science steering committee

Awards will be presented at the Connecticut Science Center Gala: Back to the Future on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

The STEM Achievement Awards are presented by Stanley Black & Decker.

Click here to learn more about the Connecticut Science Center Women in Science programs

 
 

HONOREE

Dr. Maria Chrysochoou

Professor and Head
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Connecticut

FINALIST

Sarah Koenig

Associate Director
Manufacturing Cost Modeling
Pratt & Whitney

FINALIST

Danielle Weber

Secondary Science Teacher
Stamford Public Schools
 

Year Name Award
2021 Andrea Kwaczala, Ph.D Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award Honoree
2021 Sivani Arvapalli Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Student Leadership Award
2020 Jacquelynn Garofano
Ph.D
Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award Honoree
2019 Kristen Govoni
Ph.D. Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, UConn
Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award
2018 Dr. Michele Dischino
Professor, Technology & Engineering Education, Central Connecticut State University,
Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award
2017 Claudine Phaire of Sikorsky
Lockheed Martin Company
Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award
2016 Jonna Gerken Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award
2015 Dr. Linda Barryn Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award
2014 Dr. Kristine Larsen Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award
2013 Kimberly McLean Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award