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OSTP seeks nominations for presidential mentoring award

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are now accepting nominations for PAESMEM, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. OSTP/NSF seeks individuals and organizations that have demonstrated at least five years of excellence in mentoring students, trainees, and/or early career scientists and engineers from groups that are underrepresented in STEM. These include women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and some geographic regions (such as urban and rural regions). PAESMEM awardees receive a $10,000 honorary presidential award and are invited to participate in recognition events and meetings with STEM policy leaders in Washington, D.C.

There are two types of PAESMEM awards:

  • Individual PAESMEM awards recognize exceptional individual mentors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations.
  • Organizational PAESMEM awards recognize organizations that demonstrate exceptional mentoring. Organizations must be affiliated with a U.S. corporation, educational institution or agency, military or government agency, non-profit organization, or foundation.

Please consider nominating yourself, your organization, or your exceptional colleagues for this prestigious honor. NSF would be pleased to co-host a targeted PAESMEM webinar for your employees and/or organizational members to learn more about eligibility and how to prepare the nomination materials. Complete nominations are due on June 5, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact or visit for more information about the program and preparing nomination materials.

Here is a PDF version of the call for nominations, which offers additional information.

Cora B. Marrett
Deputy Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1205
Arlington, VA 22230

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