Past Awardee Highlights

Robin Dunbar

Robin Dunbar

Elizabeth River Project | Portsmouth, Virginia | 2017

In partnership with the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and Engineering, Ms. Dunbar launched America’s Greenest Vessel, The Learning Barge, to mentor students to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s polluted Elizabeth River. This one-of-a-kind education vessel has seen over 64,000 participants, spreading across all ages. In 2014, Ms. Dunbar was awarded the Governor’s Gold Award of Sustainable Environmental Excellence. The following year, she received the Virginia Environmental Excellence Award. Ms. Dunbar’s hands-on approach to education and mentoring impacted thousands of students in the state of Virginia.

GeoFORCE Texas

GeoFORCE Texas

GeoFORCE Texas | Austin, Texas | 2012

GeoFORCE Texas is a K-12 outreach program designed to increase the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM degrees and careers, especially in geology. Each summer GeoFORCE takes more than 600 high school students on geosciences field trips across the U.S., including spectacular locations such as the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Mount St. Helens, to name just a few. The trips are led by university faculty and research scientists and students are mentored by professional geologists from GeoFORCE industry partners. To date, over 1,300 students have completed the program, 100 percent of which graduated from high school.

GeoFORCE Texas

GeoFORCE Texas

GeoFORCE Texas | Austin, Texas | 2012

GeoFORCE Texas is a K-12 outreach program designed to increase the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM degrees and careers, especially in geology. Each summer GeoFORCE takes more than 600 high school students on geosciences field trips across the U.S., including spectacular locations such as the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Mount St. Helens, to name just a few. The trips are led by university faculty and research scientists and students are mentored by professional geologists from GeoFORCE industry partners. To date, over 1,300 students have completed the program, 100 percent of which graduated from high school.

Sekazi Mtingwa

Sekazi Mtingwa

Triangle Science, Education & Economic Development, LLC | Hillsborough, North Carolina | 2017

During his years at North Carolina A&T State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard University, Dr. Mtingwa mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. In 1977, Dr. Mtingwa co-founded the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and served as NSBP President from 1992 to 1994. He is also a co-founder of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists, the African Laser Centre, the African Physical Society, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Ghana).

Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN)

Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN)

Earth Science Women's Network | 2014

The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) was founded in 2002 by six atmospheric scientists and has since sought to empower early career women in geoscience fields. In 2014, ESWN officially launched as a nonprofit with goals of promoting career development, building community, providing informal mentoring and support, and facilitating professional collaborations. In 2017 ESWN, partnered with the American Geophysical Union and the Association for Women Geoscientists, to launch the ADVANCEGeo Partnership, in an effort to improve workplace climate for all women in geosciences.

Sandra Petersen

Sandra Petersen

University of Massachusetts, Amherst | Amherst, Massachusetts | 2013

Dr. Petersen has personally mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented STEM fields. During her ten years as Director for the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), Dr. Peterson led the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, campus in tripling minority enrollments in STEM graduate programs from 22 percent to 63 percent. Most recently, Dr. Peterson created and leads the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s STEM Diversity Institute (SDI) which provides strategies for broadening participation in the field.

The Clubhouse Network (TCN)

The Clubhouse Network (TCN)

The Clubhouse Network (TCN) | Roxbury, Massachusetts | 2017

Since 1993, The Clubhouse Network (TCN) has provided a safe, creative after-school learning environment for young people in underserved communities. TCN serves 10,000 youth in 53 after-school Clubhouses in community centers, youth agencies, and social service organizations. According to a 2015 survey, over 75 percent of clubhouse members reported an interest in pursuing a STEM career. In 2017, The Clubhouse Network was awarded a multiyear grant, by the U.S. Department of Justice, to strengthen mentor participation around the United States.

Joaquin Bustoz (Deceased, In Memoriam)

Joaquin Bustoz (Deceased, In Memoriam)

Arizona State University | Tempe, Arizona | 1996

Dr. Joaquin Bustoz was a Professor of Mathematics at the Arizona State University (ASU) at the time he received the PAESMEM award. In 1973, Dr. Bustoz was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Dr. Bustoz career was dedicated to helping minority students in the field of mathematics. From the elementary school he attended, which was later renamed in his honor, to working extensively on Navajo and Pima tribal lands, his main focus was helping minority students advance in academia. His mission of providing opportunities to underrepresented students in the mathematics and science fields is continued by Arizona State University, who hosts the Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program.

Camp Reach (WPI)

Camp Reach (WPI)

Camp Reach | Worcester, Massachusetts | 2011

Founded in 1997 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Camp Reach is a residential summer STEM enrichment program for rising seventh-grade girls, with continuing mentoring, communications, and events for participants as they advance from seventh grade through their high school years. Approximately 400 rising seventh-grade girls, 110 high school students, 40 middle school mathematics and science teachers, and 75 WPI students and faculty have participated over the past 14 years, creating a mentoring scaffold of girls and women who support and celebrate their interests in STEM. In 2003, Camp Reach received a national award from the Women in Engineering ProActive Network for its role in encouraging young women in engineering and science.

Ashanti Johnson

Ashanti Johnson

Institute for Broadening Participation | Damariscotta, Maine | 2008

Ashanti Johnson is currently the CEO/Superintendent of Cirrus Academy, a statewide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) charter school system in Georgia. She was one of the first female African American chemical oceanographers and the first African American to earn a doctoral degree in oceanography from Texas A&M University. In March 2017, she served as the U.S. Department of State's representative to Cambodia for several STEM-focused events including being a keynote speaker at the Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival and the United States Embassy, as well as at several schools, universities, and a science museum in Cambodia.

Ocean Discovery Institute

Ocean Discovery Institute

Ocean Discovery Institute; Young Lives Transformed Through Science Mentoring | San Diego, California | 2010

The Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to become science and conservation leaders. All Ocean Discovery Institute programs are provided at no cost to students and provide them with a personalized mentorship experience that allows them to feel confident and empowered in their abilities. Many of these students have gone on to enter the fields of biotech, engineering, environmental consulting, fisheries, marine biology, education, and public policy, and are committed to making a difference.

Ocean Discovery Institute

Ocean Discovery Institute

Ocean Discovery Institute; Young Lives Transformed Through Science Mentoring | San Diego, California | 2010

The Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to become science and conservation leaders. All Ocean Discovery Institute programs are provided at no cost to students and provide them with a personalized mentorship experience that allows them to feel confident and empowered in their abilities. Many of these students have gone on to enter the fields of biotech, engineering, environmental consulting, fisheries, marine biology, education, and public policy, and are committed to making a difference.

Glenn S. Lee

Glenn S. Lee

Waialua High and Intermediate School | Waipahu, Hawaii | 2015

Throughout his career, Glenn Lee has made creating opportunities his priority. In 1999, Mr. Lee created the "Robotics STEM Learning Center" at Waialua High & Intermediate School through which more than 230 students have participated in STEM-related competitions and higher education outreach events. Mr. Lee also co-founded the first robotics team in Hawaii, Team 359, which has won numerous competition awards, including the top prize at the 2011 FIRST Robotics World Championship. Mr. Lee has been recognized by the State of Hawaii as Teacher of the Year in 2009, and in 2011 he received the coveted National Milken Educator Award.