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  • Michael Carlowicz


Teaching has many rewards, but the federal government thinks there should be at least a few more.

The National Science Foundation and the Office of Science and Technology Policy have announced the creation of a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The awards, which will be bestowed upon as many as 10 individuals and 10 institutions each year, will recognize outstanding mentoring efforts or programs that enhance participation in science by underrepresented groups—particularly ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Awardees must demonstrate an outstanding and sustained effort to guide students from any setting—K-12, undergraduate school, or graduate school—toward science careers and science literacy.