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"In Their Own Words"

Over the past two decades, more than 240 individuals and organizations have received Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).  It is America's highest mentoring award. These mentors have influenced thousands of students, from K-12 to Ph.D. candidates, many from underrepresented groups — including minorities, women and people with disabilities.

Along the way, PAESMEM recipients have built up a wealth of knowledge about how best to provide students with the support and example they need to pursue successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “In their own words” is a video series in which PAESMEM recipients share what they’ve learned: from tips on successful mentoring practices to ideas about how to attract and keep more minorities, women and people with disabilities in the nation’s STEM workforce.

Mr. Philip Huebner

Philip Huebner, director of STEM partnerships and diversity officer for the South Dakota Experimental Program for Competitive Research (SD EPSCOR), (PAESMEM Organizational 1997), says that since he began working with the EPSCOR program, he has focused on starting the STEM mentoring process at younger ages.   

Dr. Margaret Werner-Washburne

Dr. Margaret Werner-Washburne, professor of biology at the University of New Mexico, (PAESMEM 2003), talks about the value and importance of broadening participation in STEM.

Ms. Sara Xayarath Hernández

Ms. Sara Xayarath Hernández (PAESMEM Organizational 2011), associate dean for inclusion and student engagement at Cornell University Graduate School, says universities can make undergraduate research experiences more accessible for underrepresented students interested in STEM careers by leveraging existing resources and programs.

Dr. James Cotter

Dr. James Cotter, professor of geology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, (PAESMEM 2000), who mentors undergraduate students, including Native Americans and women, outlines tips for effective mentoring, including learning together, listening and cross-cultural understanding.

Dr. Raymond Johnson

Raymond Johnson, professor emeritus of mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, (PAESMEM 2012), shares his thoughts about mathematical achievement, mentoring and misconceptions about innate ability.

Dr. Cheryl Schrader

Dr. Cheryl Schrader, former chancellor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, (PAESMEM 2005), who became president of Wright State University in Ohio on July 1, discusses the importance of role models and experiential learning in helping to broaden participation among underrepresented groups and women.

Dr. Anthony Carpi

Dr. Anthony Carpi, professor and dean of research at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, (PAESMEM 2009), discusses his findings on whether undergraduate research experiences lead to a new interest among students in pursuing a graduate degree. Carpi’s article in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching explores the outcomes of a program he leads at his college that paired undergraduate students with faculty engaged in university research projects.



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