NIGMS Minority Program Directors Honored with Presidential Awards

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Jilliene Mitchell, NIGMS

Four NIGMS minority program directors were among this year's recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The awards recognize influential institutions and individuals who have been leaders in encouraging minorities, women, and disabled persons to pursue careers in the scientific, engineering, and technical labor force. The recipients included Dr. Glenn Kuehn, a professor of biochemistry at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Dr. Michael Summers, a professor of chemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Dr. Luis Villarreal, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine; and Dr. Maria Elena Zavala, a professor of biology at California State University, Northridge.

Kuehn directs a Bridges to the Future program and a Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program, Summers directs an MBRS program, Villarreal directs a Bridges to the Future program and an MBRS program, and Zavala directs a Bridges to the Future program, as well as Minority Access to Research Careers and MBRS programs.

The awards were established by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1996 and are administered through the National Science Foundation. Each year, up to 10 individuals and 10 institutions are honored with a $10,000 grant and a commemorative Presidential certificate in recognition of their mentoring activities.