The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
represent the highest honors bestowed upon mentors who work to expand science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) talent.
The Awards were established in 1995 and the first awards were bestowed in 1996. Since then, more than 240 individuals and organizations have been recognized for their exemplary service. Awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to
develop fully the nation’s human resources in STEM. Protégés are students and early career STEM and STEM-related professionals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds
Read more about the PAESMEM program
excerpts from the NSF Press Release:
“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 PAESMEM programs on behalf of the White House.