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NSF PR 03-29 - March 14, 2003

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White House Announces Nation's Top Science, Engineering, Mathematics Mentors

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The White House announced today the president's selection of 10 individuals and six institutions to receive the 2002 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Mentoring.

The president annually recognizes the people and institutions that have provided broad opportunities for participation by women, minorities and disabled persons in science, mathematics and engineering at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate education levels.

No more than 10 persons and 10 institutions are selected each year for recognition. Each award includes a $10,000 grant to provide for continued mentoring work.

The awards will be presented March 18 at a White House ceremony.

This year's honored individuals and institutions comprise a unique representation of mentoring that includes:

Individual awards

Dr. Enrique V. Barrera, an engineer from Rice University, who used his "Materials Magic Show" to foster a love for science and learning in hundreds of elementary and secondary school students. Barrera also actively mentored minority undergraduate students and actively recruits women and underrepresented minority graduate students from across the country.


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Dr. R. David Bynum, a biochemistry and cell biology professor from Stony Brook University (State University of New York), who has directly mentored 38 undergraduate students and has laid a path for more than 200 community college students and 120 high school students to study molecular biology.

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Dr. Louis Dale, of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, who has for more than 30 years provided hands-on mentoring to graduate, undergraduate and high school students while developing summer undergraduate internships, summer high school learning programs, and resources to teach mentoring.

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Dr. Fiona M. Goodchild, an education director at the University of California-Santa Barbara, who developed partnerships among science teachers, scientists and students to create a wide range of school science courses and science educations programs while promoting education outreach among the scientists of her university.

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Dr. Robert M. Gray, an electrical engineering professor, who has demonstrated a successful model for attracting and accommodating women to engineering, actively mentored and encouraged women in their pursuit of electrical engineering doctorates, including 11 women doctorate students between 1985 and 2001 alone.

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Dr. Steven G. Greenbaum, a physics professor at the City University of New York's Hunter College, who inspired and mentored students who have become major figures in industry, academia and research, including a NASA astrophysicist, an endowed-chair faculty member at Duke University, and scientists at Lucent and DuPont.

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Dr. Chung-Chiun Liu, a chemical engineering professor at Case Western Reserve University, who personally mentors female high school students from the Cleveland area, as well as female undergraduate and graduate students, and junior faculty members.

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Dr. Martha L. Mecartney, of the University of California-Irvine, who, as an associate professor of engineering, has worked with student members of various mentoring programs, created programs that reached more than 800 primary and secondary school students, and developed a "fast track" program for recruiting and mentoring doctoral students seeking professorships.

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Dr. Sara J. Wadia-Fascetti, who, in her position as an associate professor of civil engineering at Northeastern University, has impacted the lives of more than 150 high school and Northeastern undergraduate students personally, and by providing outreach to more than 600 Boston Public School students and 225 college women.

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Ms. Sara L. Young, M. Ed., who serves as the director of the American Indian Research Opportunities program at Montana State University-Bozeman, actively seeks out candidates in a rural environment for participation in mentoring programs, encourages them to apply, and works closely with the program faculty, the student, and their home community to help the student succeed.

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Institution awards

Arizona Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) - Arizona MESA is a consortium in its 20th year as a year-round program to prepare underrepresented and low-income students from 55 schools for mathematics, engineering, and science at the elementary and secondary education levels.


Elton Humphreys
Accepted by Elton Humphreys
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Raytheon - Raytheon company's pre-college and college mentoring program provides tutors to secondary school students and introduces them to engineering careers. Raytheon mentors at the collegiate level with a focus toward faculty development at historically black colleges and universities. Raytheon also works with schools that feature strong math and engineering curricula in an effort to increase minority graduation rates.

Lynne Bracker

Accepted by Lynn Bracker
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Shannon Point Marine Center - Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center's peer-to-peer and one-on-one mentoring program targets underrepresented graduate students and has resulted in 72 percent of the students in the program pursuing marine science, biology and related fields. The program emphasizes student-mentor relationships that begin in the academic environment and continues into the professional realm upon completion of the program.

Steven Sulkin

Accepted by Steven Sulkin
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Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Sciences Institute (SUMS) - Arizona State University's SUMS Institute is a seed program in its 15th year that helps more than 1,600 inner-city and reservation students prepare to study mathematics, engineering and science. A large number of SUMS mathematics majors return to their home communities as high school teachers.

Joaquin Bustoz

Accepted by Joaquin Bustoz
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Timbuktu Academy - Southern University and A&M College-Baton Rouge's Timbuktu Academy provides an education continuum that spans from elementary school to college that has resulted in 106 minority undergraduate academy students earning baccalaureates of science, 68 academy members having earned or presently pursuing graduate degrees, the direct mentoring of 805 pre-college students, and outreach to more than 5,000 students, counselors, students, teachers and parents.

Robert Ford

Accepted by Robert Ford
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Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) - WEPAN is a 13-year old effort of implementing projects, creating publications, establishing partnerships and nurturing new ideas that increase awareness about engineering and related sciences, retention of engineers and scientists, and the advancement of engineering in learning institutions and the workplace.

Susan Metz

Accepted by Susan Metz
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