"In Their Own Words"

Over the past two decades, more than 240 individuals and organizations have received Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). It is America's highest mentoring award. These mentors have influenced thousands of students, from K-12 to Ph.D. candidates, many from underrepresented groups — including minorities, women and people with disabilities.

Along the way, PAESMEM recipients have built up a wealth of knowledge about how best to provide students with the support and example they need to pursue successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “In their own words” is a video series in which PAESMEM recipients share what they’ve learned: from tips on successful mentoring practices to ideas about how to attract and keep more minorities, women and people with disabilities in the nation’s STEM workforce.

Dr. Tilak Ratnanather

Dr. Tilak Ratnanather, associate research professor of biomedical engineering, Johns Hopkins University, (PAESMEM 2012), has words of advice for students with hearing loss on the challenge of being ignored in the classroom.

Dr. Elizabeth Yanik

Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Yanik, professor of mathematics, Emporia State University, Kansas, (PAESMEM 2004), talks about the importance of women and Hispanic role models in STEM, particularly in rural areas.

Dr. Christine Grant

Dr. Christine Grant, associate dean of faculty advancement in the College of Engineering and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, North Carolina State University, (PAESMEM 2003), discusses three tips for STEM mentors.

Dr. Juan Arratia

Dr. Juan F. Arratia, executive director of the AGMUS Student Research Development Center, Universidad Metropolitana, Puerto Rico, (PAESMEM 2006), discusses the keys to STEM mentoring success.

Dr. Solomon Bililign

Dr. Solomon Bililign, professor of physics, North Carolina A&T State University, (PAESMEM 2010), on how APS, the professional society for physicists, helps parents and students better understand career options for physics majors.

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