February 15, 2011
The NIGMS Bridges to the Baccalaureate program at the State University of New York, Purchase College, was recently honored with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award recognizes institutions and individuals who have led efforts encouraging minorities, women and people with disabilities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Purchase College’s Bridges program seeks to increase the number of community college students who earn associate’s degrees and go on to earn bachelor’s degrees in science and math.
Also recognized with awards were two individuals who direct NIGMS conference grants. They are Dr. Marigold L. Linton of the University of Kansas and Dr. Jo Handelsman of Yale University. Linton, a former coordinator of NIGMS’ Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award at the university, now manages a grant supporting the annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Handelsman’s grant funds a genomic workshop for minority students at Yale.
A total of 11 individuals and 4 institutions received the awards during a ceremony at the White House in January. The awards, established by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and administered through the National Science Foundation, consist of a Presidential certificate and a $10,000 grant to continue the recipient’s mentoring activities.
Since the awards program began in 1996, 20 individuals and 5 organizations supported by NIGMS’ Division of Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) have been recognized with the honor.
For a full list of MORE winners of the Presidential mentoring award, see http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Minority/PresidentialAwards.htm.