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February 26, 1999

The National Science Foundation has issued a call for nominations for the 1999 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Each award is accompanied by a $10,000 grant.

Awards will be made to individuals or institutions. The award recognizes individuals who have "demonstrated outstanding and sustained mentoring and effective guidance to a significant number of students at the K-12, undergraduate or graduate education level."

Institutions will be recognized for programming that enables "a substantial number of students underrepresented in science, mathematics and engineering to successfully pursue and complete relevant degree programs." Post-secondary institutions must demonstrate students have been mentored successfully to either the baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral levels.

All nominees must have served as mentors for at least five years. The deadline for PAESMEM nominations is March 31, 1999.

The program is administered by NSF on behalf of the White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Awardees will be honored at a White House ceremony in September 1999.

Copies of the Call for Nominations which includes selection criteria and guidance for application submission may be obtained on-line at: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9969