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Nicholas Romano Chemistry Award

The Nicholas Romano Chemistry Award is funded in memory of Nicholas Romano who was a chemistry teacher at John Jay High School in East Fishkill, NY. He was a veteran of World War II serving as an Aircraft Engineer in the Army Air Corp, a pharmacist, chemistry teacher, author and publisher of engineering text books and HS review books.

The purpose of the award is to encourage New York chemistry educators to join the organization and attend the annual conference in Syracuse. The award is open to individuals in the first ten years of their career.

The award includes:

  • A one year individual STANYS membership.
  • The cost of early bird registration for the full conference.
  • Recognition at the chemistry breakfast.

STANYS 2023 Recipient

Rachel Carey
Averill Park High School
Averill, NY

Charles T. Hager
Garden City High School
Garden City, NY

Application Process:

Letter of application and letter of recommendation may be mailed or e-mailed and must be postmarked by July 15 of the next Annual Conference year .

Applicants will be notified of their status early in September.

Email contact: Dr. Helen Pashley (

Application Information:

If you are a new teacher, we welcome your application. If you are a veteran, please encourage your new colleagues to apply.

 To be selected, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an individual in the first ten years of full time teaching in September.
  • Has never attended the STANYS Conference.
  • Is a member of STANYS (upon application).
  • Will attend this year’s full conference.
  • Has submitted an application letter and a recommendation from a principal or department leader.

Letter of Application
Letter of Recommendation

In the letter of application, the teacher should address the following questions:

  •  Why do you wish to attend the conference?
  •  How will this award help you?
  •  Please include your home and school addresses, phone numbers, e-mail address, grade level and courses taught. Enclose a STANYS membership form and check if necessary.

The letter of recommendation from the principal or department leader should include comments concerning the following:

  • How will the applicant’s attendance at the conference benefit your district?
  • Does s/he show evidence for a promising career in science teaching?
  • If the award is not received, will the teacher be allowed to participate in the conference?
  • Please verify that the applicant is entering the second through fifth year of teaching and will be able to attend the full conference.

Please verify that the applicant is entering the second through fifth year of teaching and will be able to attend the full conference.

Contact Information:
PO Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089-2121


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