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NIH Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, established by President Clinton in 1996, is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Recipients are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and for their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

The awards embody the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the United States in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the participating agencies. The awards support the continued development of the awardees, foster innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation's future.

To be eligible for a Presidential Award, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. After receiving recommendations from participating federal agencies, the White House will confer the awards each year. Selection criteria and processes are dependent upon the agency.

The participating agencies are:

Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of the Interior
Department of Veterans Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
The Intelligence Community

Public Announcements


Dr. Hillel Adesnik (University of California, Berkeley) 1DP2NS087725-01

Dr. Samantha Brugmann (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center) 1R01DE023804-01

Dr. Namandje Bumpus (Johns Hopkins University) 1R01GM103853-01

Dr. Kafui Dzirasa (Duke University) 1R01MH099192-01

Dr. Camilla Forsberg (University of California, Santa Cruz) 1R01DK100917-01

Dr. Tina Goldstein (University of Pittsburgh) 1R01MH100056-01A

Dr. Viviana Gradinaru (California Institute of Technology) 1DP2NS087949-01

Dr. Jordan J. Green (Johns Hopkins University) 1R01EB016721-01

Dr. Katie Kindt (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) 1ZIADC000085-01

Dr. Andre Larochelle (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) 1ZIAHL006172-01

Dr. Jennifer Lorvick (Research Triangle Institute International) 1R01MD007679-01 

Dr. Courtney Miller (The Scripps Research Institute) 1R01DA034116-01A1

Dr. Kiran Musunuru (Harvard University) 1R01HL118744-01

Dr. David J. Pagliarini (University of Wisconsin- Madison) 1R01DK098672-01

Dr. Sachin Patel (Vanderbilt University) 1R01MH100096-01

Dr. Amy Ralston (Michigan State University) 1R01GM104009-01A1

Dr. Ervin Sejdic (University of Pittsburgh) 1R01HD074819-01

Dr. Elizabeth Skidmore (University of Pittsburgh) 1R01HD074693-01A1

Dr. Kay Maxine Tye (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 1DP2DK102256-01

Dr. Muhammad Walji (The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston) 1R01DE022628-01A1


2012 PECASE recipients

The 2012 PECASE recipients for the Department of Health and Human Services met with Secretary Sebelius on April 14, 2014.  They were joined by Dr. James Anderson, Director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives at NIH and Dr. Joanne Cono, Director of the Office of Science Quality at CDC.  From left to right: Dr. Andrew Goodman, Dr. Jeremy Clark, Dr. Sandra McAllister, Dr. Katherine Rauen, Dr. Sallie Permar, Dr. Gaby Maimon, Dr. Todd Macfarlan, Dr. Susan Harbison, Dr. Shingo Kajimura, Dr. Quyen Nguyen, Dr. Joanne Cono, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. James Anderson, Dr. Richard Ho, Dr. Jessica Gill, Dr. Katherine Radek, Dr. Ida Spruill, Dr. Aron Hall, Dr. Young Kim, Dr. Xue Han, Dr. Debra Auguste, Dr. Jessica Belser, Dr. Damien Fair, Dr. Andreaa Creanga, Dr. Andrew Yoo, and Dr. Thomas Fazzio.

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PECASE Awardees Archive
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