NOMINATION DEADLINE: 31 JULY
The two categories of the AAAS Mentor Awards (Lifetime Mentor Award and Mentor Award) both honor individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities.
Both awards recognize an individual who has mentored and guided significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who has impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies. It is important to indicate in the nomination materials how the nominee’s work resulted in departmental and/or institutional change in terms of the granting of PhDs to underrepresented students. This can be documented not only with quantitative data, but may also be demonstrated through the student and colleague letters of support.
Such commitment and extraordinary effort may be demonstrated by:
Lifetime Mentor Award: A prize of $5,000 will be awarded. This individual will have served in the role of mentor for 25 or more years.
Mentor Award: A prize of $5,000 will be awarded. This individual will have served in the role of mentor for less than 25 years.
Both award category recipients receive: A monetary prize, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting.
The award is open to all regardless of nationality or citizenship. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.
You should provide:
All materials become the property of AAAS.
If you would like to nominate a candidate for the AAAS Mentor Awards, please submit applications and forms using one of the following methods:
You may also download all three forms packaged as a ZIP file .
Cato Thomas Laurencin  is recognized for his transformative impact and scientific contributions toward mentoring students in the field of biomedical engineering.
2012 Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement Recipient
All materials must be received by 31 July.