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CONNECTIONS: Winter 2017

President Obama this month issued his annual proclamation for all Americans to observe January as National Mentoring Month. Since 2002, January has been designated as the month to celebrate mentors who provide countless hours of guidance, advice and support to help students at all levels achieve success.

CONNECTIONS: Summer 2016

Dr. Jo Handelsman has served as the Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) since 2014, advising the President on science education and expanding scientific and technological capabilities among all segments of the population, including women and minorities. Handelsman, a 2011 recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), is a renowned microbiologist and academic leader.

CONNECTIONS: Spring 2016

Recognition, commitment and camaraderie marked the three-day meeting of alumni of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Awards in Washington.

CONNECTIONS: Winter 2016

Dr. John Matsui and Dr. Murty Kambhampati are on a mission. Both are biology mentors working hard to help more minority and women students, who are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, realize academic success, despite challenges they may face. Matsui, director and founder of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP) at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), directs a program that first casts a wide net on eligibility, then offers a structured experience designed to help participants succeed.


Open nomination period competition coming soon

The nomination period for the 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is expected to open in early January. Now is the time to identify STEM mentors, both individuals and organizations, in your midst that deserve this distinguished honor. Self-nominations also are accepted.