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Jason Painter named Outstanding Science Education Leader in North Carolina

Jason Painter, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, was recently named this year’s recipient of the North Carolina Science Leadership Association’s (NCSLA) Herman Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina. The award is the highest honor given by NCSLA each year. 

Sponsored by the Carolina Biological Supply Company, the award is presented annually at the fall meeting of the NCSLA, held this year on Nov. 8.

According to the NCSLA Web site, “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.” 

Painter is the executive director of the North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of science and technology education in all North Carolina schools.  Currently, 250 middle and high schools representing more than 6,000 students and 60 counties are participating in the NCSO, making it third in the country in student participation.