Selection Process

Awards Program Overview and Selection Process

Individuals and SIM chapters may nominate themselves, fellow chapter members, or non-profit organizations.

The STEM Award Judges will evaluate all nominees and select the most qualified candidates. Each award category may have a winner and honorable mention who will be recognized during the SIM Connect Live conference.

The Awards Categories are: 

  • STEM Pioneer: recognizes a Chapter member whose contributions have significantly advanced local STEM initiatives over multiple years, these can include both the local chapter initiatives and those in the broader community
  • Most Inspiring Leader:  recognizes a Chapter member who has been deeply and personally involved in the local chapter’s STEM programs/initiatives and is actively involved in recruiting and mentoring STEM students
  • Non-Profit Chapter Partnerrecognizes a non-profit partner who works closely with SIM Chapters to make a significant impact in advancing STEM Educational opportunities either locally or nationally. 


  • March 1, 2020 - Nomination Process is Open 
  • August 15, 2020 - Last day to submit a nomination 
  • September 1 - 30, 2020 - Judging and Selection of Award winners complete
  • December 2020 - Awards winners announced at SIM Connect Live Gala