Outstanding Mentors are Eligible for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESEM)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-11-115

Key Dates
Release Date: September 2, 2011

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The White House established the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program in 1996. The program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House and is intended to identify outstanding individual and institutional mentoring efforts in all scientific fields including those supported by the NIH.  In addition to recognizing outstanding mentoring in STEM fields, the program provides award recipients with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. This growing network of award-winning mentors serves as a vital resource for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and keeping America globally competitive. The PAESMEM is the highest national mentoring award.

Individuals nominated for awards must be US Citizens or permanent residents.   An organizational nominee must be affiliated with a formal or informal U.S. educational institution, U.S. corporation or not-for-profit organization.    Individual and organizational nominees must have demonstrated outstanding and sustained mentoring for underrepresented and other students at the K-12, college, or graduate levels for periods of at least 5 years.  Details about eligibility, the nomination process, review, and the nature of the award are available in the Program Solicitation at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11563/nsf11563.htm.

Candidates can be nominated by a colleague, administrator, or a student.  Self-nominations also are accepted.   Nomination packages are reviewed in a process administered by the NSF.  Selection of award recipients is coordinated with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Awardees are invited to Washington DC for various recognition and award events.   NSF estimates that 16 new awards will be made in FY 2012. The awards are bestowed for past work in the amount of $10,000. The receipt date is October 5, 2011.       

High quality mentoring is important to the success of NIH programs.   Accordingly, participation in the PAESMEM program is appropriate for NIH affiliated researchers and institutions.  PAESMEM operates harmoniously with several NIH programs and activities that foster mentoring.  Programs include NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Training Grants, Institutional Career Development Awards, and Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSA) among others.  Information on such activities can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm, http://grants.nih.gov/training/careerdevelopmentawards.htm, and at  http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Minority/MARC/. Information on the Office of Research on Women’s Health can be found at http://orwh.od.nih.gov/interdisciplinary/bircwhmenu.html .     Information on recent mentoring workshops and other conferences can be found at http://www.bioconferences.com/CONFERENCES/WomensHealth/program.aspx; http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/newsletters/2011/06_10_2011/story6.htm; and at https://www.training.nih.gov/events/view/_2/532/Research_Mentor_Training_Summer_2011

Participants in NIH research with a strong history of mentoring are encouraged to apply for this special Presidential Award.


Richard A. Alό, Program Director, 835N, telephone: (703) 292-4634, email: ralo@nsf.gov


Philis L. Hauser, 835 N, telephone: (703) 292-5104, email: phauser@nsf.gov

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