The annual Santa Fe Institute Prize for Scientific Excellence and Prize for Outstanding Teacher awards recognizes those members of the local Santa Fe area high schools who best embody the spirit of scientific pursuit found at the Santa Fe Institute.

The Prize for Scientific Excellence is awarded to one graduating senior from each of the Santa Fe high schools.  The students are selected by their teachers for academic excellence, originality and creativity in either the sciences, mathematics, or computer science. The prize includes a cash award, a certificate of recognition, and a copy of Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell.

The Prize for Outstanding Teacher is awarded to one Santa Fe area high school teacher who demonstrates special achievement in advancing science education, as recognized by the educational community. The prize includes a cash award and a certificate of recognition.

The recipient of the 2016 Prize for Outstanding Teaching in Mathematics and Science:
   - Natalie Martino,  Mandela International Magnet School

The recipients of the 2016 Student Prizes for Scientific Excellence:
    - Michael Colsasuonno, Academy at Larragoite
    - Veronica Hutchison, Academy for Technology and the Classics
    - Carolina Tavarez Hinojos, Capitol High School
    - Isabel Pearson-Kramer, Desert Academy
    - Adrian Lopez, Monde del Sol Charter School
    - Lauren Sarkissian, New Mexico School for the Arts
    - Estefany Reyes, New Mexico School for the Deaf
    - Jackson Miller, Santa Fe High School
    - Charles Van Pelt , Santa Fe Indian School
    - Alan Rohrbach, Santa Fe Preparatory School
    - Sean Ramsey, Santa Fe Waldorf High School
    - Elena Romero , St. Michael's High School
    - Chloe Puglisi , The Masters Program

The Santa Fe Institute extends our congratulations to our 2016 student and teacher honorees.