Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

Solicitation of Individual and Organizational Nominations

The UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) seeks pre-nominations by August 25, 2014, of UM individuals or organizations for the PAESMEM honorific awards program.

Limitations: While there is no limit to the number of individuals or organizations from UM that can be nominated, each such individual or organization can only be nominated once. Therefore, ORSP will employ this pre-nomination process to ensure there are no duplicate nominations. Individual organizations or individuals may self-nominate.

Eligibility: Individual nominees should be UM employees who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and organizational nominees may be mentoring programs or activities within UM. Whether individual or organizational, nominees must have a sustained, 5-year record of exemplary, measurable, and impactful mentoring of persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and/or early career scientists and engineers.

Awards: NSF expects to make 16 awards this cycle. Individual award recipients serve as exemplars to their colleagues and leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation’s resources in STEM, and will receive cash awards of $10,000, a commemorative Presidential certificate, and an invitation to participate in an awards recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.

UM Process: Pre-nominations should be e-mailed to your Program Development Specialist/Research Advocate (Lesha, Helen, or Ken) no later than (but ideally much earlier than) 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 25. If you are the first person to pre-nominate the individual or organization, you should receive (within one week of receipt of the pre-nomination) the go-ahead from ORSP to proceed with the full nomination/application. If in doubt, call your PDS/RA, Jason Hale, or Mickey McLaurin. Full nominations/applications are due to ORSP on Sept. 27, and are due to NSF at 5 p.m. October 3, 2014.

Format for Pre-Nominations: Pre-nominations should simply be the one page summary (Overview only) as specified in the solicitation, anticipating what a full nomination/application will reveal about the nominee’s mentoring accomplishments in terms of impacts, outcomes, significance, and quality.

For the complete solicitation and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, see

Questions about eligibility or process should be directed to Jason Hale, Mickey McLaurin, or your PDS/RA.