Past Awardee Highlights

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.

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.