The following SEPA-funded programs and individuals recently were recognized for their exemplary and enduring contributions to STEM education and development of a science and engineering workforce. Congratulations to these outstanding scientists and educators!

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
The award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations who work to develop a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of our nation, key goals of a number of NIGMS programs. Awardees receive a Presidential certificate and a $10,000 grant to continue their mentoring activities.

J. Michael Wyss, Ph.D.
SEPA principal investigator, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Award Information: PAESMEM Award announcement 
Current SEPA: Science Education Enabling Careers II (SEEC II)

Gisele Ragusa, Ph.D.
SEPA Co-principal investigator, University of Southern California

Award Information: PAESMEM Award announcement 
Viterbi School of Engineering Award announcement 
Prior SEPA: Virtual Sprouts: Web-based Gardening Games to Teach Nutrition and Combat Obesity

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.

Dolores V. Garay, MST
SEPA Co-principal investigator, Curriculum Developer and Author, Baylor College of Medicine

Award Information: PAEMST Award announcement
Current SEPA: K-3 STEM Foundations: Life Science

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Election as a Fellow honors members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues.

Marisa L. Pedulla, Ph.D.
SEPA principal investigator, Montana Technological University

Award Information: AAAS Fellow announcement
Current SEPA: PHAGES: Phagedigging Helping Acquire Genuine Experiences in Science