CONNECTIONS: Winter 2017

CONNECTIONS: Winter 2017

Quarterly Newsletter of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) Program

January: National Mentoring Month

Imari Walker Karega, (left) a marine science-environmental engineering major at University of California, Berkeley, with her mentor, Dr. Sheila Humphreys (PAESMEM 2012). Photo credit: Diana Lizarraga

Imari Walker Karega, (left) a marine science-environmental engineering major at University of California, Berkeley, with her mentor, Dr. Sheila Humphreys (PAESMEM 2012). Photo credit: Diana Lizarraga

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.

Sponsors of National Mentoring Month—the National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Corporation for National and Community Service—are continuing the theme “In Real Life” to accentuate the program’s 15-year history of forming real life mentoring relationships that have impacted the lives of mentees and mentors.

2017 STEM Mentors Alumni Event Approaching

The 2017 STEM Mentors Alumni Event, April 5-7, in Washington, D.C. is approaching. The planning committee, chaired by Dr. Joseph Skrivanek, professor of chemistry at State University of New York at Purchase and founder and director of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Program (PAESMEM Organizational 2009), has been meeting monthly to develop the agenda for the event.

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NSF INCLUDES Funding Opportunities for FY2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is now accepting preliminary proposals for its fiscal 2017 INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) initiative. Preliminary proposals for Design and Development Launch Pilot projects are due Feb.14. Full proposals are due May 16. 

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Successful Practices: Lighting STEM Pathways for Native Americans

Native Americans comprise a small percentage of the U.S. population. Despite that reality, expanding the engagement of Native Americans in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pursuits is critical for addressing many of the scientific challenges facing the nation.

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