President Obama Honors Early Career Scientists With Top White House Award

2016-02-24T17:55:39+00:00 February 24, 2016|
Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009. (Credit: Pete Souza)

(Click to enlarge) Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009. (Credit: Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama today named 106 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), granting them the U.S. government’s highest award for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.

(From the NSF) — The National Science Foundation (NSF) nominated 21 of the awardees.

PECASE recognizes scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Winners demonstrate the ability to broadly advance fundamental research and help the United States maintain its position as a leading producer of scientists and engineers.

“The awardees are outstanding scientists and engineers,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “They are teacher-scholars who are developing new generations of outstanding scientists and engineers and ensuring this nation is a leading innovator. I applaud these recipients for their leadership, distinguished teaching and commitment to public outreach.”

The NSF-nominated awardees come from universities around the country and excel in areas of science represented by NSF directorates: biology, computer and information science, education and human resources, engineering, geosciences, mathematics and physical sciences and social and behavioral sciences.

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