Champions for Biotech Education Awards

2024 Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards Gala

The 9th Annual Champions for Biotechnology Educations Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Museum of Science. More info to come.

About Champions

The Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards Gala celebrates outstanding advocacy for, and contributions to, life sciences education in Massachusetts. Each year, MassBioEd honors an organization, an educator, a public advocate, and a school for their commitment to fostering science literacy and advancing life sciences education.

The Champion Student is awarded the Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship to be used towards their life sciences field of study. The Student Scholarship is supported by the Henri A. Termeer Foundation in honor of Henri A. Termeer and his commitment to scientific discovery and mentorship of aspiring and accomplished scientists. The Joshua Boger Innovative Educator Champion Award, is supported by the Joshua Boger Family Foundation and named after Joshua Boger to recognize his sustained commitment to excellence in science education. The award is given to a teacher to support their own professional development and needs of their school.

The Champions Gala is MassBioEd’s annual fundraiser, raising funds to support innovative programs that build a strong and diverse life sciences workforce.

Thank You to our 2024 Sponsors!

2023 Highlights

2022 Highlights

Past Awardees

Champion StudentsHenri A. Termeer Student Scholarship

  • Genesis Gonzalez, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and Harvard University (2023)
  • Wahaaj Farah, Roxbury Prep High School and Boston University (2022)
  • Rim Bozo, Pioneer Charter School of Science & Dartmouth College (2021)
  • Camila Wendorff, Framingham State University & MassBay Community College (2020)

Champion EducatorsHenri A. Termeer Teacher Award

  • Julia Buben, North Quincy High School (2023)
  • Debora O’Reilly, Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School (2022)
  • Stacey Chapley, Frontier Regional High School (2021)
  • Sarah Goldberg, New Mission High School (2020)
  • Dr. Laurie Jackson-Grusby, Brockton High School (2019)
  • Lindsey L’Ecuyer, Andover High School (2018)
  • Eric Leigh & David Enos, Gloucester High School (2017)
  • Jonathan Shapiro, Brockton High School (2016)

Champion SchoolsJoshua Boger Innovative School of the Year Award

  • Tyngsborough High School (2021 – 2022)
  • Everett High School (2020-2021)
  • East Boston High School (2019-2020)
  • Innovation Academy Charter School (2018-2019)
  • Essex Technical High School (2017)
  • Hingham High School (2016)
  • Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (2015)
  • Barnstable High School (2014)
  • Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (2013)
  • Gloucester High School (2012)
  • Norton High School (2011)
  • Somerville High School (2010)
  • Bellingham High School (2009)

Champion Organizations

  • Cummings Foundation (2023)
  • Corning Life Sciences (2022)
  • Bristol Myers Squibb (2021)
  • Biogen (2020)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (2019)
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals (2018)
  • Sanofi Genzyme (2017)
  • EMD Serono (2016)

Champion Public Advocate

  • Michelle Wu, Mayor of Boston (2023)
  • Senator John J. Cronin (2022)

Early Champion Industry Leaders

  • Dr. John Maraganore, CEO, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (2019)
  • Dr. Udit Batra, CEO, MilliporeSigma (2018)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, President & CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (2017)
  • Michael Bonney, Former CEO, Cubist Pharmaceuticals & Partner, Third Rock Ventures (2016)