Developing and retaining STEM talent in CNY for economic advancement

Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Service Award

To honor the memory of Margaret Ashida, the New York State STEM Education Collaborative will honor STEM Leaders in: PreK-5 Education; 6—12 Education; Higher Education; and the STEM Workforce each year with a “Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award.” Margaret was an outstanding woman who created a wave of change by her tireless efforts to create connections between business/industry and STEM educational leaders in colleges and the K-12 sector, not only here in New York State, but across America! She was a “thought leader” often creating ideas and connections between and among educators and business/industry to further the implementation of pathways for developing America’s STEM workforce. Through her advocacy, the NYS State STEM Hubs were created, pulling together New York communities in unique ways to foster the development of STEM career pathways.

The Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award seeks to honor persons who are making significant STEM connections within their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. The honorees selected serve as a role model for STEM Leadership as they are striving to enhance the STEM workforce through their connections between business/industry and STEM educational leaders.

The Mission of the Empire STEM Learning Network (STEM Hubs) to advance STEM education to prepare all students – regardless of their career goals – for college and career success, to fuel innovation and economic vitality in the Empire State:

“Advance:” to accelerate the growth or progress of a cause


“STEM education” refers to the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to a level of rigor sufficient to produce critical thinkers and problem solvers across all fields of endeavor who can thrive in the 21st century economy


The value proposition: innovation and economic vitality

Margaret was the Founding Chair for the Empire STEM Learning Network, a statewide, community-led collaborative; and a board member for the NYS STEM Education Collaborative, a coalition of AMTNYS, NYSSPE, NYSTEEA and STANYS work collectively and collaboratively to deliver STEM Education in the spirit and vision of New York State’s MST Frameworks and Learning Standards to skillfully and completely address the concerted national cry for STEM Literacy. Margaret will be missed, but forever remembered by her work ethic, her dedication to excellence and her friendship to all she met.

2019 Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Awards

NYS STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute July 28-30, 2019
SUNY Alfred
Margaret Ashida STEM Leaders Honored at Monday evening banquet
Nominations accepted through March 1

Alfred State SUNY College of Technology

Committee Co-Chairs: Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso More info: & Hilary Reilly

*STEM Education refers to utilizing the New York State MST Standards in the teaching and learning of the Science, Technology Education, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, in an innovative, integrated, collaborative, and applied fashion to a level of challenge sufficient for college and/or career readiness

Nominations are open to the public.

Persons being nominated for this award will have consistently demonstrated qualities of STEM Leadership, creating connections between people and organizations in order to enhance STEM career paths in their community.

  • The degree to which their services/ actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution to STEM career paths for their community
  • The extent to which their service or action might be considered above and beyond the call of duty!
  • Specific examples of the nominee’s STEM Leadership
  • The length and degree of their service(s)

A brief bio and photo of the recipients will be posted on the New York State STEM* Education Collaborative web page as well as disseminated in a press release by the NYS STEM Education Collaborative.

Four individuals will be selected by the Margaret Ashida Awards committee each year to represent and continue the “Waves of Change” set in motion by Margaret Ashida:

  • STEM Workforce
  • PreK-6 Education
  • 7-12 Education
  • Higher Education

Four individuals can be nominated and the categories are split for grades PreK-6 and 7-12.

The honorees will be honored during the Monday evening banquet at the New York State STEM Education Collaborative Annual Summer Institute to be held at SUNY Alfred July 28-30, 2019.

For More information, contact Committee Co-Chairs: Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso & Hilary Reilly: