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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring  (PAESMEM)

This program has been archived.

Preparing and Submitting PAESMEM Nominations

To view the recorded webinar "Preparing and Submitting PAESMEM Nominations" from April 24, 2013 please click here.  The transcript of the webinar can be viewed here.

PAESMEM Call for Nominations Webinar

On February 27, 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Citizen Schools, and the National Science Foundation, presented on the importance of mentoring in STEM and on the PAESMEM award program.  To view the recorded PAESMEM webinar please click here.   For a transcript of the webinar, click here.


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PAESMEM  Team PAESMEM@nsf.gov 703-292-8640   

For a full description of submission requirements please refer to the Dear Colleague Letter and Frequently Asked Questions documents linked below.

All nomination materials must be submitted to Mentor@nsf.gov by 6 pm your local time on June 5, 2013.  Early submission is encouraged. 


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995.  The purpose of the award is to recognize U.S. citizens or permanent residents and U.S. organizations that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce.  Groups that are underrepresented in STEM include women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and some geographic regions such as urban and rural areas.  The PAESMEM program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). 

Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for Individual and Organizational PAESMEM awards.  Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible including industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations.  Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S., its territories or possessions, particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).


Each Individual and Organizational PAESMEM awardee will receive a $10,000 award and a commemorative Presidential certificate. Awardees are also invited to participate in an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. which includes meetings with STEM education, research, and policy leaders.  Up to sixteen awards may be made from the nominations received by June 5, 2013.

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Dear Colleague Letter - Call for Nominations - Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) (NSF 13-044)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for NSF 13-044, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) (NSF 13-045)


PAESMEM Certification Form

PAESMEM.net is a virtual community aiming to foster the development of a vibrant national network of STEM mentors.



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