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Media Advisory 07-032

Young Scientists Receive Presidential Awards on November 1

Twenty NSF nominees receive the government's highest honor for scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers

October 30, 2007

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Twenty young scientists from among those taking part in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) have received an additional distinction as winners of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for the 2006 competition. They will be recognized in an event at NSF headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at 4:00 p.m.*

The PECASE program recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. In addition to NSF's winners, there are 37 scientists nominated by other government agencies. The winners, who represent all scientific disciplines, are associated with research institutions throughout the country.

This event will be held at NSF headquarters, and visitors must have a pass to gain access. Please contact Maria Zacharias, media officer for the Education and Human Resources Directorate, at (703) 292-8454, or to register to attend.

* Because this event follows an earlier event at the White House, the time is subject to change in response to changes in the president's schedule.


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Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8070, email:

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Elizabeth VanderPutten, NSF, (703) 292-5147, email:

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