Vallie Guthrie, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

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For more than 20 years, Dr. Guthrie has distinguished herself as a Chemistry Professor and mentor of K-12 students. Her accomplishments include the establishment in 1986 of the Greensboro Area Mathematics and Science Education Center. The Center's pre-college component serves 450 7th through 12th-grade students annually through a school-based academic enrichment program; a Saturday Academy in the sciences and mathematics for minority youth; mentored research experiences during summer; and, a parental involvement program. Ninety-seven percent of the pre-college program graduates have matriculated to college and 75 percent have majored in science, mathematics or engineering. Dr. Guthrie also coordinated the North Carolina State Science Fair for 14 years. She is presently a member of the faculty at North Carolina A&T State University.