The two categories of the AAAS Mentor Awards, the Lifetime Mentor Award and the Mentor Award, honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the science and engineering PhD workforce. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities. All nominations are due by July 31, 2013.
For more information and the criteria, please visit the AAAS Mentor Awards website. You can complete the application forms online. Please be sure to fill out all *required information.
The recipient of the 2012 AAAS Mentor Award was Dr. Cato Thomas Laurencin, University Professor and Director of Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Laurencin was honored for his transformative impact and scientific contributions mentoring students in the field of biomedical engineering. He has taken significant steps to ensure that the impact of his pioneering work in biomaterials and tissue engineering is felt not only within the research community but also in the lives of the future generations of scientists and engineers that he personally mentors.
The recipient of the 2012 AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award is Dr. Alice M. Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).Dr. Agogino was honored for her efforts to significantly increase the number of women and African and Hispanic American doctorates in Engineering. Professor Agogino has inspired a large number of students and junior faculty members to include the scholarship of teaching as part of their research portfolio through her mentoring, example and interactions. She has mentored 32 doctoral students (five African Americans, one Hispanic and 15 females); 82 graduate level students (seven African-Americans, seven Hispanic, and 25 females); and an estimated 800 undergraduate researchers in her career.