White House Ceremonies to Recognize New PAESMEM Awardees

Posted on April 1, 2015

The 2012 and 2013 PAESMEM recipients will be participating in a number of activities in Washington DC from June 15-18. The activities include visits to the White House, to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and to NSF. The ceremonies are being held in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the PAESMEM program.

In conjunction with the Recognition Program for new PAESMEM recipients, NSF has been posting video interviews and profiles of the recipients on its social media sites. Click here to view video interviews of John Brooks Slaughter, Gary S. May, and Raymond Johnson on Facebook. Keep an eye out for additional interviews. Also, look for updates on PAESMEM.net about the recognition program.

A full schedule is available on PAESMEM.net (click here). As a reminder, here is a list of the awardees:  

Individual awards--

  • Luis Colón, State University of New York- Buffalo. Established program to increase minority students, especially Hispanics, in the chemical sciences field
  • Anne E. Donnelly, University of Florida. Successfully guided dozens of undergraduate and graduate STEM students, many through creation of a mentoring program so fruitful it spread to other universities
  • Lorraine Fleming, Howard University. Director of the school's Science, Engineering and Mathematics mentoring program that prepares students academically, socially and professionally for a career in STEM
  • Shelia M. Humphreys, University of California, Berkeley. Improved recruitment, retention and success of underrepresented groups in Berkeley's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • Murty S. Kambhampati, Southern University at New Orleans. Engaged high school and undergraduate students in research, successfully boosting graduation rates
  • Raymond L. Johnson, University of Maryland. Guided many minority students, at his home institution and across the nation, to complete degrees in mathematics, which has notoriously low retention rates
  • Gary S. May, Georgia Institute of Technology. Created new mentoring models, including collaborations with other institutions and researchers, which have increased the participation of minorities in science and engineering
  • Tilak Ratnanather, Johns Hopkins University. Created a system to support deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in STEM
  • John Matsui, University of California, Berkeley. Co-founded a renowned undergraduate diversity program in the school's Biology department, a model replicated at schools throughout the U.S.
  • Beth Olivares, University of Rochester. Mentored hundreds of students through the STEM pipeline and advocated for STEM opportunities for low-income students both regionally and nationally
  • Elizabeth A. Parry, North Carolina State University. Worked to increase the accessibility of engineering to students--from kindergarten through university--and their parents
  • Sandra Petersen, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Director of a consortium of research colleges and minority-serving institutions which has tripled enrollments of underrepresented groups in STEM fields
  • John B. Slaughter, University of Southern California. Developed numerous ment