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Science, math, and engineering mentors to receive Presidential awards

Awardees to be recognized June 16 in Washington, D.C.

the White House

The awardees will be honored for their work to encourage the next generation of innovators.

June 15, 2015

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On Tuesday, June 16, the National Science Foundation will host a recognition ceremony for the latest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The event will take place in the Ronald Reagan Building's Rotunda Room.

A list of the awardees is included in this March 2015 White House announcement.

The awardees will be honored for their work to encourage the next generation of innovators and for growing a science and engineering workforce that better reflects the diverse talent of America. Each awardee has had an impact on engaging students from communities that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The awardees have influenced thousands of students from K-12 to Ph.D. candidates. Mentees have gone on to careers as doctors, engineers, teachers and researchers.

Media are welcome to attend the awards ceremony from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and interview individual mentors afterwards.

Those who wish to attend should contact Maria Zacharias at

PAESMEM awards ceremony


Ronald Reagan Building - Rotunda Room (RRB) 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, D.C., 20004


Tuesday, June 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Joan Ferrini-Mundy
Assistant Director
Education and Human Resources, NSF

France A. Córdova
Director, NSF

John Holdren
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Media Contacts
Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8454, email:

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