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

Notice Number: NOT-OD-10-122

Key Dates
Release Date:  August 9, 2010

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (http://www.nih.gov)

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 affiliated with an organization that is eligible for NIH and/or NSF awards.  Individuals must have served as a mentor for at least 5 years and have demonstrated outstanding and sustained mentoring for underrepresented and other students at the K-12, college, or graduate levels.  Institutions must have enabled a substantial number of underrepresented students to pursue and complete relevant degree programs. Federal employees and previous recipients of PAESMEM awards are not eligible to apply. 

Candidates can be nominated by a colleague, administrator, or a student.  Self-nominations are also accepted.   Nomination packages are reviewed in a process administered by the NSF.  Selection of award recipients is then coordinated with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Awardees are invited to Washington DC for various recognition and award events.  Complete instructions for the nomination process are available in the Program Solicitation at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10520/nsf10520.htm.  The number of awards is subject to the availability of funds; however, NSF estimates that 16 new awards will be made in FY 2011. The awards are grants in the amount of $25,000 each. The next receipt date is October 6, 2010.   

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.htmhttp://www.nigms.nih.gov/Minority/MARC/,  and at http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/clinical_research_resources/clinical_and_translational_science_awards/index.asp.     The NIH also has held recent workshops on mentoring and that are described at http://womeninscience.nih.gov/mentoring/ and at http://chemicalbilology.blogspot.com/2009/10/nih-grantwriting-and-mentoring-workshop.html
Participants in NIH research with a strong history of mentoring are encouraged to apply for this special Presidential Award.


Dennis Davenport, Ph.D.
Program Director,
Division of Undergraduate Education
National Science Foundation
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