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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

2014 Recipients

Dr. Gregory Alushin (Rockefeller University) DP5OD017885

Dr. Manish Arora (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) DP2ES025453

Dr. Dawn Cornelison (University of Missouri) R01AR067450

Dr. Craig Duvall (Vanderbilt University) R01EB019409

Dr. Nicholas Gilpin (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) R01AA023305

Dr. Anna Greka (Brigham and Women's Hospital) R01DK095045

Dr. Pamela Guerrerio (National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) ZIAAI001202

Dr. Christine Hendon (Columbia University) DP2HL127776

Dr. Catherine Karr (University of Washington) R01ES023510

Dr. Maria Lehtinen (Boston Children's Hospital) R01NS088566

Dr. Adriana Lleras-Muney (University of California, Los Angeles) R01HD077227

Dr. Mary Kay Lobo (University of Maryland School of Medicine) R01DA038613

Dr. Michael McAlpine (University of Minnesota) DP2EB020537

Dr. Eric Morrow (Brown University) R01MH105442

Dr. Daniel O'Connor (Johns Hopkins University) R01NS089652

Dr. Aimee Shen (Tufts University) R01GM108684

Dr. Cui Tao (University of Texas) R01LM011829

Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor (Yale School of Nursing) R01NR013520

Dr. Benjamin Voight (University of Pennsylvania) R01DK101478

Dr. Blake Wiedenheft (Montana State University) R01GM108888

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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