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National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award


Background and Mission Statement

Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. MOSI is a large educational resource serving the Greater Tampa Area, the State of Florida, and visitors from the US and abroad.

MOSI established the National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award in 2001 to recognize scientists, leaders, and educators that promote a greater public understanding of science and motivate young students to pursue education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) related disciplines. As of 2014 we are adding a National Young Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award to recognize outstanding young people at the beginning of their STEAM careers.

As of 2013, thirteen awardees have received national and international recognition at award ceremonies widely attended by scientists, dignitaries, and public figures, and by thousands of Hispanic-American students. All the recipients have shown their capabilities to serve society at-large and to be an outstanding role model for young Hispanic students.

MOSI’s National Hispanic Scientist of the Year (NHSOY) Award is a dual-purpose event: it recognizes the achievements of a scientist with well-established accomplishments in any of the STEAM disciplines, as well as the promotion of public education, and directly motivates Hispanic-American students that participate in the events and in other MOSI educational activities to pursue and excel in STEAM studies and careers.

The NHSOY induction and award ceremonies showcase the achievements of the awardees and honor the Hispanic community while contributing to the betterment of society by inspiring future generations of STEAM practitioners. 


Nomination deadline: Feb. 21, 2014. Selection will be announced in April 2014.


The 2013 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award Gala was held at MOSI on Oct. 12, 2013.


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