Reach for the Stars Award

Reach for the Stars Award – In Memory of Dr. Michael H. Farmer

The Executive Board of the South Carolina Science Council announces the “Reach for the Stars” Award in honor of Dr. Mike Farmer, former past president of (SC)2 . Dr. Farmer passed away this spring in a car accident.
Dr. Farmer taught Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy for over 40 years at Riverside High School, Greenville Technical College, and the SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities. During his career, Dr. Farmer served as the President of the Greenville County Science Teachers Association, President of the South Carolina Science Council, President of the South Carolina Academy of Science, and Chairman of the High School Division of the National Science Teachers Association. Dr. Farmer’s accolades include Discover Magazine Teacher of the Year (1984), South Carolina’s candidate for NASA’s Teacher in Space Program (1985), Order of the Palmetto from Governor Richard Riley (1985), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching (1987), the National Science Teacher’s Association’s Gustav Ohaus Science Teaching Award (1990), and the Governor’s Award for Science Awareness for South Carolina (1999). Dr. Farmer’s writings are numerous, including his book Science Projects: A Modular Approach and he was working on a book of science and math geared for young artists.

To nominate a student for this award, you must be a member in good standing of (SC)2 and attend the conference in November. The nominee must be a senior, currently in high school, graduating in the spring and planning to study one of the sciences in college. As the nominator, please submit the name, school, address, phone number and email of the student and yourself. In no more than 500 words, describe why you think your student should receive this honor. Deadline for submissions is October 15th!

Send the information to Mary Levens, Archivist for (SC)2 at or mail it to Mary at 3608 Sherwood Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29302. A committee of (SC)2 educators will read the nominees and the winner will be announced at the (SC)2 Business Meeting at the upcoming conference.  The winner will receive a plaque and a check and the nominating teacher will be part of the presentation.

Please take a moment and nominate a student that will hopefully carry on the tradition of excellence in science that Mike did.