The NJSTA Citation Scroll is awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to science and/or science education.
Nancy has been an active member of NJSTA for many years. From workshops, where she takes on the persona of "Mrs. Frizzle," to President of NJSTA, to chairperson of the New Jersey Science Convention, to being in charge of awards for our organization, and leading the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Committee, wherever she is needed, Nancy supports NJSTA and science education tirelessly. The Citation Scroll is NJSTA's highest honor, which celebrates an entire career's worth of dedication to Science Education through work with NJSTA and beyond.
Atkins Award James Messersmith
The NJSTA Atkins Award was named for Pauline McDowell Atkins who became the first woman president of NJSTA in 1924 and who was leader in the development of science education in NJ. The Award, established in 1948, recognizes "outstanding cooperation with and service to the science teachers of the state of NJ." Over the years that the award has been presented, representatives of many major New Jersey companies have received the award.
An NJSTA Fellow, Past President, recipient of the Citation Scroll, and long-time contributor to the newsletter and many NJSTA initiatives, Jim is currently serving as a member of the NJ Science Convention Steering Committee, where he coordinates the convention floor and vendors. Jim is also currently working with at risk schools to help increase science literacy in our youngest students.
Petix Supporter of Science Award Susan Coletta
John Petix, a former NJSTA president, fellow and Citation Scroll recipient, was an ardent supporter of NJSTA well after his presidental term was finished. Edythe, his wife and a math department chair, provided much behind the scenes support for John, hence the title Petix Supporter of Science Award. The NJSTA Petix Award shall be awarded to non-members of NJSTA for extraordinary support and contribution to NJSTA.
An avid supporter of Science Education and NJSTA, Susan has been a major force in implementing programs for NJSTA. In addition to securing a meeting place at Rutgers for our monthly board meetings, Sue has been able to secure space for our Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Summer Institutes and is also the force behind the Doris White Scholarships that allow pre-service teachers to attend NJSC annually, starting their path to professional development and improving science education for their future students. Susan is a Senior Science Education Specialist at Rutgers University.
Fellow Scott Goldthorp
The NJSTA Fellows Program was inaugurated as an expression of esteem to those officers and members who give to the association of their time and talent to a degree not normally expected of them.
A past president of NJSTA, Scott is the Science Supervisor for the Cherry Hill School District. Among other things, Scott has presented at NJSC and NJEA conventions and ran our 2016 Maitland Simmons Summer Institute at Rowan University this summer. NJSTA is honoring his service this year by naming him our newest Fellow.
Visit the Awards Page to learn more and view previous recipients.