Appalachian Lab seeks nominations for Inspiration Award

October 3, 2023
REACT's Michael Fiscus, Lesa Edwards, Jessica Mellon and Barry Hartung with award.

Nominations are currently open for the 2024 Appalachian Laboratory Inspiration Award. The award recognizes those who provide or support science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) initiatives in the following counties: Garrett, Allegany and Washington Counties in Maryland; Bedford, Fulton, and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania; and Mineral, Morgan, Preston, and Hampshire counties in West Virginia.

In 2022, the Appalachian Laboratory celebrated its 60th anniversary in western Maryland. As a lasting way of marking that anniversary, the Lab launched the Appalachian Laboratory Inspiration Award to recognize those in the tri state region who share the Laboratory’s commitment to future generations of STEM professionals in our community. Robotics and Engineering in Allegany County- Together (REACT), a non-profit that offers high quality, engaging robotics experiences to children in Allegany County, Maryland, was the inaugural winner in 2023.

“Continued scientific discovery at institutions like the Appalachian Laboratory depends upon the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals. Individuals and organizations, like REACT, who provide or support quality STEM programming help inspire, encourage and prepare that next generation. We believe that recognizing these individuals and organizations for that work is important,” said Dr. David Nelson, Appalachian Laboratory Director and Professor.

Both individuals and organizations (private, public, or non-governmental) are eligible. Nominees must be engaged in or supporting STEM programming in the Laboratory’s defined tri-state region as described above. Nominations will remain open until Friday, November 3.

Visit to submit a nomination or contact Rhonda Schwinabart, Appalachian Laboratory Coordinator of Outreach, at 301-689-7102 or with any award-related questions.