Stars of STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Presented annually at The Science Behind the Stars, the Museum's signature event, The Stars of STEM recognizes individuals and corporations who are leading the way in helping the Museum of Science and other institutions educate the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Stars of STEM awards, crafted by Peter Houk, Director of MIT's Glass Lab

Photo © Pat Piasecki

The Stars of STEM


  • Biogen Idec and the Biogen Idec Foundation George Scangos, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

    Biogen Idec has a 35-year history of caring deeply and changing lives—not only through their therapies for neuro-degenerative diseases and auto-immune conditions, but also through their commitment to STEM education. In addition to their support of the Museum’s Hall of Human Life and Suit/Cabot Lab, the Biogen Idec Foundation supports a variety of educational and community engagement programs, including Citizen Schools in Boston and Chelsea as well as North Carolina, Science Club for Girls, the Biomedical Science Careers Program, and the East End House. For over a decade, the Biogen Idec Community Lab has provided middle and high school students with hands-on experience in a real research lab with Biogen researchers.

  • 2013

  • Liberty Mutual Insurance David H. Long, president and CEO (accepting)

    Liberty Mutual's $100 million philanthropic program is among the largest corporate giving programs in the country, and Liberty is a leader in supporting efforts to expand educational opportunities for low-income and non-English-speaking youth in Boston. Through its Education Initiative, the company has invested almost $9 million in proven educational programs serving Boston's neediest students. Liberty Mutual is the leading sponsor of Boston's Fourth of July celebration, the FIFA World Cup, and an official sponsor of the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic Teams in Sochi, Russia, as well as the 2016 teams in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Dr. Pendred Noyce and The Noyce Foundation

    Pendred Noyce is a medical doctor, education reformer, and author whose young adult fantasy/adventure novels feature imaginative STEM lessons that are organic to plot and character development. She is cofounder of Tumblehome Learning, a nontraditional transmedia publishing company offering books, board games, and mind-challenging video games. In the fall of 2012, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Dr. Noyce to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    The Noyce Foundation was established in 1990 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Robert Noyce, cofounder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit. The Noyce Foundation is focused on improving the teaching of math and science in public schools, developing leadership to support achievement, and expanding opportunities for students to experience hands-on science in out-of-school settings.

  • 2012

  • Deval Patrick, Governor, Massachusetts Timothy Murray, Lt. Governor, Massachusetts

    With the formation of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Governor Deval Patrick established Massachusetts as the national leader in STEM education and workforce development. The Patrick-Murray Administration has created a foundation for the future of STEM education in Massachusetts.

  • Intel Corporation Dr. Jane E. Shaw, chairman of the board of directors (accepting)

    As a global leader in technological innovation and one of the most philanthropic corporations in the world, Intel has supported STEM initiatives in formal and informal education arenas. Their community-based programs provide the resources and solutions needed to advance and sustain STEM education around the world.

  • 2011

  • Genzyme Corporation Henri Termeer, former chairman, president and CEO of Genzyme (accepting)

    In 2006, Genzyme's largest-ever philanthropic gift enabled the Museum to create and endow the Genzyme Initiative for Biotechnology Education. A milestone in Genzyme's 15-year support of the Museum, this permanent, multi-tiered program represents a mutual commitment to promote and support science education locally and globally.

  • Raytheon Company William Swanson, Raytheon chairman and CEO (accepting)

    Raytheon Company is the longest-standing corporate member company of the Museum of Science. Since 1953, Raytheon has been supporting the Museum through corporate philanthropic giving. Now, in the 21st century, Raytheon and the Museum continue to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.