Recognition & Awards


Colorado Science & Engineering Fair  –   April 4, 2018

For many years, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of AVS has sponsored special awards at the Colorado State Science & Engineering Fair.  Our prizes are $100 for first place and $50 for second place, in both Senior and Junior Divisions, for projects in physical sciences and engineering.  We award these prizes to each student and a matching amount to each winner’s teacher/sponsor.  We hope these awards encourage students to pursue their interests in science & engineering.  Year after year, the level of these students’ scientific understanding, their hard work, and above all, their curiosity and enthusiasm, are truly inspiring.

About this year’s Fair:

  • There were 329 projects submitted by 378 students (some projects were by teams of 2 or 3 students).\
  • There were 159 seniors (grades 9-12) and 219 juniors (grades 6-8).
  • 193 projects were in physical sciences (our focus); 136 in life sciences.
  • 191 teachers or other mentors sponsored/supported the students with their projects.
  • Our AVS chapter is one of about 70 organizations that offer over 300 individual special awards and scholarships worth more than $170,000.   Our awards are for first and second place projects in each of the Senior and Junior Divisions.

For more information about the Colorado State Science & Engineering Fair:

This year’s judges:

  • J Grant Armstrong – Carberry Technologies
  • Mary Ann Bjornsen – USDA / Center for Animal Health Information and Analysis
  • Jennifer Drayton – Colorado State University

If interested in helping out next year contact Grant Armstrong:

Science Educator’s Workshop



The national AVS has conducted a two-day in-service workshop on low-pressure experiments and modeling for middle and high school science teachers from the United States and Canada since 1990. Attendees are sponsored by regional Chapters of the Society with all expenses paid by the sponsoring Chapter. The workshop is accredited for Continuing Education Units by the University of Dayton and is aligned with the national science and mathematics standards.




Sponsor a high school science teacher to the 29th Science Educators’ Workshop to be held in Long Beach, California on October 22-23, 2018 during the AVS 65th National Symposium.  To see more about the activity here are photos from the 2016 Workshop.
An on-line application form is available through the AVS education web site.   Applications received on line will be forwarded to the Chapter that covers the geographical area of the applicant.
The in-service workshop will be fully accredited by the Continuing Education Department of the University of Dayton and therefore attendees will be eligible for continuing education credit at no cost.  Another important benefit to the teachers and their schools provided by the AVS will be a grant to the attendee’s school for a vacuum system having a retail value of approximately $1400.00.

 Apply Now! .

Application deadline is August 10, 2018

Hands on training Vacuum courtesy of Jim Solomon

Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST) Teacher Awards

>Learn more about CAST

Colorado Association of Science Teachers
CONGRATULATIONS to Cherie Wyatt – awarded the 2017 American Vacuum Society’s Excellence in Teaching Award!


Symposium Poster Winners

Coming soon