Received this from the CSTA Mailing list yesterday and thought it worth sharing. Do you know someone who is doing an outstanding job of mentoring or a mentoring program that is doing a great job with bringing underrepresented minorities into STEM fields? If so you may want to nominate them for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

INVITATION FOR NOMINATIONS Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

PAESMEM recognizes outstanding mentors and mentoring programs that enhance the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Awardees serve as exemplars to their colleagues and leaders in the national effort to develop the nation’s human resources in STEM.

Who is eligible?

Individuals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and U.S. organizations and companies. Mentors and mentoring programs from a variety of contexts—academia, corporate, government, nonprofit—are all welcome.

What are the criteria? At least five years of outstanding mentoring to a significant number of persons who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM (including persons with disabilities, women, and minorities) who are either:

  • students at the K-12, undergraduate, or graduate education level; or
  • early career scientists, mathematicians, or engineers who have completed their degree in the past three years.

What is required?

A description and documentation of the mentoring methods and procedures of the individual or the organizational nominee, and supporting letters.

What is the award?

$10,000 honorary award and an invitation to Washington, D.C., for recognition events and meetings with policy leaders.

Who can nominate a mentor?

Anyone can nominate a person or organization. Self-nominations are accepted.

When is the deadline?

Nominations are due by June 6, 2012.

To submit a nomination or for more information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/paesmem or contact PAESMEM@nsf.gov

“…we celebrate the contributions of all those who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation, and we recommit to expanding mentorship opportunities across our country.” – President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation of National Mentoring Month, 2012