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The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is a professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels. MAST is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and acts as your representative on national and state policies concerning science education.

MAST is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.  To get involved, please contact Craig Richard at

Need a grant? 

Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant - Due May 21, 2023

Each year one $500 award will be presented to a science educator who proposes pursuing a professional development venture that is interesting and new for themselves, and that has the potential to be valuable for their students and science education. Recipients are expected to present a workshop at an upcoming MAST Conference. 

Apply at:

If you would like to see examples of previous winners and professional development experiences please view this document:

If you have any questions please contact Laura:

Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET) - Due May 21, 2023

As a benefit to membership, MAST has established the GET opportunity for educators (formal and informal) to purchase non-consumable items that engage and enrich student learning. This grant opportunity is open to all MAST members, and each year five $200 awards will be presented to applicants who demonstrate the use/value of a particular item for their students and science education. 
If you would like to see a list of previous winners and the items they purchased please view this document:
Apply at:
If you have any questions please contact Laura:

Congratulations to our 2022    Awards Winners!

The following persons received awards at our annual banquet on November 8th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, Marlborough, MA. 

This year’s honorees are:

Dawn Sather Exemplary New Teacher Award  

Alexandria Sylvia, Brockton High School, Brockton

Maria Lazebnik, Gann Academy, Waltham

Russell P. Stanhope Distinguished Friend of Science Award             

Evan Pagliuca, Green Jobs Academy Programs Manager, Marlborough

Joann Blum Inspiration in Environmental Education Award

Julia Whalen, Carver Middle High School, Carver

2022 County Science Educator of the Year Awards                                  Barnstable County -  Emily Nyerick, Monomoy Regional Middle School, Chatham

Essex County - Craig Richard, North Andover Middle School, North Andover

Norfolk County - Sandra Pearl, SEED, Plainville

Middlesex County - Elizabeth Stewart-Miranda, Greater Lowell Technical High School, Tyngsborough

Middlesex County - Renee Affolter, Boston College

2022 MAST State Educator of the Year Award                                           Jim Perry, retired educator from Mansfield Public Schools

The criteria for these awards are:

  1. A past history of being an active, contributing member of national, state, and/or local science teacher organizations.

  2. Provided a leadership role in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science education among his or her peers.

  3. Active in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science education among students

Congratulations to our Spring 2022 Grant Winners!

These grants support teachers in their goal to provide quality, enriching, science education to students in Massachusetts.  This year’s honorees were:

2022 Elaine Adams Professional Development Award  

Raksmey Derival, Innovation Academy Charter School, Tyngsborough       


2022  Grants for Educating Teachers Awards (GET)                         

Liz Bless, SEED, Plainville

Adam Leiterman, Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Courtney Felix, Luther Elementary, Swansea

Colby Reilly, Medfield High School, Medfield

Debora O'Reilly, Essex North Shore Agricultural High School, Danvers

Call for Presenters! 

The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers welcomes you to apply to present at our annual conference! This year it will be held in Marlborough, MA on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023. 

Do you have an idea for a presentation or workshop that you feel will benefit other science educators? Do you have a lesson, strategy or resource to share? We'd love to help make it possible for your ideas and experience to be shared with our membership. Thank you for applying!

Apply here! 

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Member Benefits

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Benefits of MAST membership includes access to conferences, awards, grants, job opportunities, licensure information, and more.

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MAST Statement on Social Justice

“Interrupting racism takes courage and intentionality; the interruption is by definition not passive or complacent.  So in answer to the question “Where do we go from here”,” I offer that we must never consider ourselves finished with our learning.”

Robin Diangelo

White Fragility

In response to the tragic events that took place in Minneapolis and across our country, NSTA has released an official statement on Social Justice and Science Education.  As the state chapter of NSTA, the MAST Board of Directors also acknowledges the need to do more to live up to our guiding principles of embracing diversity and equity.  We, too, are committed to increasing our focus on dismantling systemic racism in the work we do with teachers and in the science education that we provide to our students.  

If you would like to help MAST with these initiatives, please let us know.  For those interested, please send an email to


MAST Board of Directors

NSTA Releases Official Statement on Social Justice and Science Education

Resources and Articles

MAST & MSELA Executive Leadership DEIA Workshop Slides 

Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson Webinar, Sept. 30, 2021- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism in STEM Education   

Anti-Racism Resources and Articles for STEM Educators - WPI STEM Education Center

Anti-Racism Resources for Students, Educators, and Citizens - UCONN NEAG School of Education  

Sociology of Racism

URGE Webinar - Racism:  Definitions & Forms

Science Matters in Massachusetts

Science Matters is a public awareness campaign by the National Science Teachers Association. The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) will work to share science opportunities throughout Massachusetts. This is a newsletter sent out by email on the 1st and 15th of each month. If you have an opportunity to share please email it to Dr. Betsey Clifford:

2022 Awards Banquet and Conference

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