Nominations

Do you know an individual or an organization working hard to nurture future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent?

If so, consider nominating them in the future for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Nominations closed for the 2017 PAESMEM season on Friday, June 17, 2016. Check back here for information regarding the next nomination season. Or, contact paesmem@nsf.gov if you have any questions regarding PAESMEM or the nomination process.

What is PAESMEM?

PAESMEM is the highest honor bestowed upon mentors who work to expand STEM talent. The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the honorary awards program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP selects both individuals and organizations to receive the honor. Each awardee receives $10,000 and a presidential citation at a White House ceremony, among other activities and recognition events held in Washington.

Who is eligible?

Individuals and organizations performing exceptional mentoring activities in formal and informal settings are eligible to submit a nomination for a PAESMEM award. This includes all public and private sectors, including industry, academia, K-12 schools, military and government, non-profit organizations and foundations.

Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S., its territories and particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). NSF EPSCoR-designated jurisdictions are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

 

2010 Awardees 2011 Awardees
2012 Paesmem awardees meeting President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama with the 2010
PAESMEM recipients in the Oval Office,
June 17, 2015.
2011 Paesmem awardees meeting President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama with the 2011
PAESMEM recipients in the Oval Office,
Dec. 12, 2011.

 

2012 Awardees 2013 Awardees
2010 Paesmem awardees meeting President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama with the 2012
PAESMEM recipients in the Oval Office,
Dec. 12, 2011.

2013 Paesmem awardees meeting President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama with the 2013
PAESMEM recipients in the Oval Office,
June 17, 2015.

All photo credit: Pete Souza