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RMSC to honor bright minds at RMSC STEM Awards on November 13

    ROCHESTER, NY—The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) will recognize area educators and organizations making a difference and exciting the community about opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the RMSC STEM Awards presented by G.W. Lisk. The dinner and awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 from 6–8 p.m. in RMSC’s Patricia F. Hale Gallery, located on the second floor of the Science Museum. The event is open to the public.

    “Based on our community’s role as a leader in STEM and STEM education, RMSC recognizes and celebrates the many organizations having a positive impact on our region’s vitality,” said Jeff Burkey, chair, RMSC STEM Awards committee. “We are excited to celebrate these well-deserving award recipients for the curiosity they have sparked and the inspiration they have provided in the important fields of STEM.”

    Individuals and organizations were nominated for six distinct RMSC STEM Awards. Volunteer committee members selected finalists and winners.

    2018 RMSC STEM Awards presented by G.W. Lisk finalists and winners

    STEM Catalyst Awards: These awards recognize area organizations or individuals that develop and encourage an environment that promotes innovation in science and technology, or that has utilized science and technology to form a lasting impact on the Greater Rochester Region. STEM Catalyst Awards are presented in three categories: Optics, Agriculture and Manufacturing. The 2018 finalists for these awards are:

    • STEM Catalyst Awards finalists in the Optics category, sponsored by New York Photonics: Luminate, Molecular Glasses, and Optimax
    • STEM Catalyst Award finalists in the Agriculture category: Cheribundi, Love Beets, and Red Jacket Orchards
    • STEM Catalyst Award finalists in the Manufacturing category: The Gleason Works, Klein Steel, and Vuzix

    STEM Education Awards: Presented at elementary, secondary and university levels, these awards recognize innovative teaching in STEM education. Educators and/or administrators are recognized for innovation in inspiring students to understand, appreciate, and apply STEM concepts from kindergarten through higher education. The 2018 winners for these awards are:

    • STEM Education winner, K–6: Jason DeJohn, Judy Kinz, Parker Ormerods, Tim Scheg, Katie VanEps; STEM team of teachers, East Irondequoit School District
    • STEM Education winner, 7–12, sponsored by NextCorps: Mary Bunn, science teacher, All City High, Rochester City School District
    • STEM Education Winner, Higher Education: Women in Science (WISe), Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Science

    Tickets to the RMSC STEM Awards presented by G.W. Lisk are $100 for individual tickets and $1,250 for a table sponsorship (10 seats), and include a buffet dinner and complimentary beer and wine. Seating is limited; pre-registration is encouraged at or by contacting Kim Osur at 585.697.1988 or To become a sponsor, contact Katie Mackey at or 585-697-1973.

    For additional information, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,, or visit

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.