Herman and Emma Gatling Award
for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina
The NCSLA Herman Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina award goes to the person who has exemplified the high standards the late Herman Gatling of Durham County set in his job and in his life. This award recognizes the recipient as the outstanding science education leader in the state of North Carolina. Herman was given the first award posthumously in 1989; his wife, Emma, accepted his award on behalf of the family. This annual award is sponsored by the Carolina Biological Supply Company.
The recipient of the Gatling Award should be one who has gone above and beyond the requirements of the workplace and provided outstanding leadership and service to science education at the district, regional, and state levels and beyond. The award is presented at the time of the Fall NCSLA membership meeting, typically held in November.
Criteria for Nomination
Submission of Nominations
Criteria for Nomination:
Nominees should exemplify the descriptors of this award listed above.
Nominees must be current members of NCSLA and must have been a member for at least one year prior to nomination.
Nomination Packets must be complete and submitted on time.
The forms for the Nomination Packet are linked below. The Nomination Packet contains:
- Nominator Form
- nominee information;
- supervisor information, if applicable;
- nominator information; and
- names and contact information of those who will be writing Letters of Recommendation
- Letters of Recommendation
- 3-5 letters highlighting specifics about how the nominee has been exemplary in providing outstanding science leadership in North Carolina.
- (Optional) Brief--no more than three pages--vita with specifics of the nominee’s work history, professional affiliations and service within those organizations, honors/awards, and other pertinent information that provides professional information about the nominee.
Submission of Nominations:
- All nominations are to be submitted electronically using this web site.
- The Nominator Form must be received no later than midnight October 15 .
- The Letter of Recommendation must be received no later than midnight October 15 .
For further information, contact Renee Coward , NCSLA Awards Committee Chair
recipients of the Herman Gatling Award
- Jake Brown
- Peggy Holliday
- Jack Wheatley
- Karen Dawkins
- Joyce Hilliard-Clark (2005)
- Jason Painter (2006)
- Fran Nolan (2007)
- Carr Thompson (2008)
- Darlene Ryan (2009)
- Judy Benton Day (2010)
Judy Day receives the 2010 Gatling Award at the Fall meeting. Read more below.
the meeting photos
for more pictures of Judy and others at the meeting.
The 2010 Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina was presented to Judy Benton Day at the annual fall meeting of the North Carolina Science Leadership Association held in Greensboro on November 10, 2010. The Gatling Award goes to the person who has exemplified the high standards Herman and Emma Gatling of Durham County set in their work and lives. This award recognizes the recipient as the outstanding science education leader in the state of North Carolina. Mr. Herman Gatling was given the first award posthumously in 1989. This award is generously sponsored by Carolina Biological Supply Company and was presented with the support of Mr. Robert Bynum of Carolina.
Judy Day is recognizes as a “born teacher” who has both the disciplinary knowledge and enthusiasm to excite students of all ages. She served as a Program Coordinator for both the Burroughs Wellcome Student Science Research Program and the Howard Hughes Science Exploration and Outreach Program helping to address critically important state and national K-12 science teacher training initiatives. In this role, Day supervised a teacher training program for science teachers in schools in rural North Carolina, providing them with sets of laboratory equipment and helping them learn how to best use that equipment. Day worked with summer undergraduate research programs providing opportunities for students from smaller colleges in North Carolina who might not have had the opportunity to conduct extensive research on their home campuses to work in research laboratories at the NC State University. Day served as a leader for the annual NCSU Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls promoting creative inquiry-based learning.
The Herman and Emma Gatling Award recipient has also volunteered countless hours at the state, national and international level for K-12 science teachers and students in her capacity as Director of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair, involvement in BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women, and serving as a District 3 Director and State Science Fair representative on the board of the North Carolina Science Teacher Association.