The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced the organizations and individuals to be honored with presidential awards for their excellence in teaching or mentoring in STEM. IGNITE has been named one of the 14 organizational award recipients.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America.

 

Press Release:

June 25, 2018

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced today that more than 140 individuals and organizations will be honored with presidential awards for their excellence in teaching or mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Kindergarten through sixth grade teachers will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), and mentors will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

“On behalf of the White House I am honored to express the nation’s gratitude for the tireless dedication that these men and women bring to educating the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” said Michael Kratsios, deputy assistant to the president for Technology Policy. “Each day more and more jobs require a strong foundation in STEM education, so the work that you as teachers and mentors help ensure that all students can have access to limitless opportunities and the brightest of futures.”

Awardees represent schools in all 50 U.S. states, Department of Defense Education Activity schools and schools in the U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

During a visit to the nation’s capital, award recipients will each receive a presidential citation at an awards ceremony and participate in discussions on STEM and STEM education priorities led by OSTP and NSF. Recipients will also receive $10,000 from NSF, which manages the PAEMST and PAESMEM programs on behalf of the White House.

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Organizational Awardees

Academy of Natural Sciences (Drexel University): Women In Natural Sciences (WINS)

Earth Science Women’s Network

Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE)

Great Minds in STEM (GMiS)

IGNITE Worldwide

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, Office of Strategic Initiatives

National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCED)

National Center for Women & Information Technology: Aspirations in Computing

New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (NM MESA)

Science on Wheels Peer Mentoring Educational Center (SONW), University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Team Mentoring Program (TMP), Washington State University

The Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE), University of California-Santa Cruz

The Society for Neuroscience’s Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP)

Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach

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IGNITE Wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

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