2021 Mentor Award Recipient
Manu Platt is associate professor and diversity director at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. He is honored for his advocacy and unwavering support to help students realize their full potential by pushing them to grow through exposure to many diverse experiences. He is passionate and committed to promoting diversity in leadership, mentoring of his students, and ensuring his efforts are multiplied for years to come and positively impact scientific and social communities.
Past Mentor Award Recipients
Dr. X. Nancy Xu is professor of chemistry, biochemistry and biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering at Old Dominion University. Dr. Xu has an impressive track record of recruiting women, underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students to the fields of chemistry, biochemistry and biomedical sciences and engineering and to support their retention, inclusion and advancement. She has directed and mentored 12 postdocs, 18 Ph.D. students, three master’s students, 35 undergraduate students, and five high school students, many of them members of groups underrepresented in science.
Dr Erika Camacho, associate professor at Arizona State University, is honored for her efforts to promote the advancement, retention, and inclusion of underrepresented minorities (URM) in the field of mathematical sciences and for sharing her mentoring experience and personal story through keynote addresses and talks given at academic conferences.
Dr. Keivan Stassun, the Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and senior associate dean for graduate education and research at Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science, is honored for his work personally mentoring large numbers of underrepresented minority students and has built innovative mentoring models that bridge critical attrition points in the development of underrepresented minority physicists and astronomers.
Ami Radunskaya, professor of mathematics at Pomona College, is honored for her work supporting women and women of color in Ph.D. attainment in the field of mathematics.
Christine Grant, associate dean for faculty advancement in the College of Engineering and professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University, is honored for facilitating an increased number of African-American and female students seeking doctorates in chemical engineering.
Juan Gilbert, Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and associate chair of research in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, is recognized for dramatically increasing the number of African Americans pursuing doctoral degrees in computer science.
Paul Tchounwou, associate dean of graduate studies and international programs in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Jackson State University.
Cato Thomas Laurencin is recognized for his transformative impact and scientific contributions toward mentoring students in the field of biomedical engineering.
Rory A. Cooper is honored for his dedication and successful efforts to increase the number of women and persons with disabilities with Ph.D.s in rehabilitation science.
Joseph M. DeSimone is honored for his dedication to advancing diversity in the chemistry Ph.D. workforce.
Luis A. Colón is honored for his deep commitment to advancing diversity in the chemical sciences, leading to an increase in Hispanic American Ph.D.s in chemistry.
Sylvia T. Bozeman is honored for her commitment to increasing the number of African- American women with PhDs in mathematics.
Carlos Castillo-Chavez is recognized for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in mentoring and securing funding to foster Ph.D. careers for underrepresented students in mathematics and biological sciences.
Gary S. May is recognized for his outstanding contributions in recruiting, mentoring, and educating members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering careers.
Karen Butler-Purry is this year’s recipient of the AAAS Mentor Award. She is recognized for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in mentoring and securing funding to foster Ph.D. careers for underrepresented students in electrical engineering and computer sciences.
Jagannathan Sankar, for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in mentoring and developing research opportunities for underrepresented students in science and technology.
Michael F. Summers, for his contributions in mentoring students from underrepresented groups and leadership in promoting Ph.D. careers for underrepresented groups in science and engineering.
Leticia Márquez-Magaña, San Francisco State University
Lisa A. Pruitt, University of California, Berkeley
Luz Claudio, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
Su-Seng Pang, Louisiana State University and Karan L. Watson, Texas A&M University
Judy Goldsmith, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Derrick K. Rollins, Sr., Iowa State University, Ames
AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award Recipients
Gary S. May, chancellor of the University of California, Davis. He is honored for his career-long dedication to and skill in mentoring and preparing today’s education and industry leaders, and his untiring efforts to increase the involvement of underrepresented groups in STEM education and careers.
Past Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement Recipients
Dr. Angela Wandinger-Ness, is associate director for education, training and mentoring at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center and endowed professor in the UNM School of Medicine’s pathology department. For nearly three decades — seven years at Northwestern University and 20 years at UNM — Wandinger-Ness has shown dedication to increasing the diversity of students pursuing doctoral studies in pathology and developing the skills necessary for her trainees to become successful scientists and effective mentors in their own right.
Elisabeth Gwinn, professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is honored for being a tireless advocate for diversity and her continuous support of women and underrepresented minority (URM) students across the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels throughout her 29 years in the department.
Dr. Linda Sealy, director of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity at Vanderbilt University, is honored for her work in recruiting and mentoring underrepresented minority students involved in biomedical research at Vanderbilt University and dramatically shaping Vanderbilt’s significant strides in training minority Ph.D.’s.
Margaret Werner-Washburne, Regents Professor Emerita of Biology at the University of New Mexico, is honored for her work in mentoring and research that led to a significant increase in Hispanic and Native American doctorates in the biological sciences.
Saundra Yancy McGuire, director emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired assistant vice chancellor and professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University, is honored for promoting a diverse Ph.D.-level workforce in the field of chemistry.
Barbara Horwitz, distinguished professor of neurobiology, physiology, and behavior at the University of California, Davis, is honored for her transformative impact towards creating a diverse doctorate workforce in the field of physiology
Andrew Tsin is honored for "facilitating dramatic education and research changes at his institution, leading to a significant production of Hispanic American doctorates in the biological science".
Alice M. Agogino is honored for her efforts to significantly increase the number of women and African- and Hispanic-American doctorates in mechanical engineering.
Bobby Wilson is honored for his extraordinary dedication to increasing the numbers of underrepresented groups towards Ph.D.s in STEM, particularly disciplines linked to environmental engineering technologies.
Joel D. Oppenheim is honored for his extraordinary leadership to increase the numbers of African and Hispanic Americans in the Ph.D. biomedical workforce.
Diola Bagayoko is honored for his extraordinary efforts to significantly increase the number of African American Ph.D.s in physics and chemistry.
Percy A. Pierre is honored for his extraordinary dedication to increasing the number of African-American and Hispanic-American PhDs in Engineering.
Raymond L. Johnson is honored for his substantial contributions to mentoring students and for leadership in promoting Ph.D. careers among underrepresented groups in mathematical science.
Sheila E. Browne is the recipient of the AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is honored for her substantial contributions to mentoring students from underrepresented groups and leadership in promoting doctoral careers for underrepresented groups, primarily women, in chemistry.
Lifetime Achievement: Rhonda J. Hughes, for her substantial contributions to mentoring students from underrepresented groups and leadership in promoting doctoral careers for underrepresented groups, primarily women, in mathematics.
Lifetime Achievement: Carlos G. Gutierrez, for substantial contributions in mentoring students from underrepresented groups and leadership in promoting Ph.D. careers for underrepresented groups in chemistry and the biosciences.
Lifetime Achievement: Neena B. Schwartz, Northwestern University
Lifetime Achievement: Etta Zuber Falconer, National Association of Mathematics and James H. M. Henderson, National Research Council
Lifetime Achievement: Evelyn L. Hu, University of California, Santa Barbara and William E. Spicer, Stanford University, California
Lifetime Achievement: Isiah M. Warner, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Lifetime Achievement: Helen Davies, University of Pennsylvania
Lifetime Achievement: Richard A. Tapia, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Lifetime Achievement: Joseph G. Gall, Carnegie Institution, Baltimore and William M. Jackson, University of California, Davis
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