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The Patrick Whippey Award
     for Science Outreach

The Patrick Whippey Award for Science Outreach is supported by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University, in recognition of our esteemed colleague Professor Patrick Whippey, as a tribute to his devotion to science education and outreach across Ontario and Canada. It will be presented to a teacher at the high school, college, or university level who has made a significant impact in physics or astronomy education outside of the classroom.

What is Outreach?

The idea behind outreach is an effort to broaden the understanding of and appreciation for science, or participation in science, amongst people outside of one’s regular classroom.  Outreach can include science activities that involve the public, school groups, community groups, and more.

Examples of outreach include involvement in large, long-standing events like science fairs, Science Olympics, Science Rendezvous, and science contests. These events exist due to the leadership and volunteer efforts of teachers.

Other examples of outreach are more local and personal. Teachers and their students might bring science activities to nearby elementary schools. Teachers might organize public events like star parties. Teachers might collaborate with those in other disciplines and have their students create a physics art show, a series of short plays about key moments in science, or a regular blog about science in the news. There are many possibilities.

Application Process

The nominations and selection process will be conducted by a committee from the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT) and faculty from Western University. If a winner is selected, the award will be presented at the annual OAPT conference in May.  The recipient will receive $500 cash, along with an individual plaque, and the recipient’s name will be added to a perpetual plaque showcased in the Physics and Astronomy Building at Western University.

If you know someone who you feel would be a suitable candidate for this award, please reach out to encourage submitting an application. Interested candidates must complete this Google Form by March 20, 2023. Applications will be kept in consideration for three years.  Candidates may choose to update their applications each year.

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