WISE to receive Presidential Award

Leaders of UIC’sWomen in Science and Engineering program, which encourages girls and young women in math and science, will accept a presidential award for mentoring at a White House ceremony Thursday.

The program in the Center for Research on Women and Gender is among four organizations and 11 individuals across the U.S. to receive the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. UIC is the only winner in Illinois.

The award, announced Friday by President Barack Obama, honors the WISE mentoring initiatives and includes a $10,000 grant for continued mentoring work.

“These individuals and organizations have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the United States remains on the cutting edge of science and engineering for years to come,” Obama said in announcing the awards.

“Their devotion to the educational enrichment and personal growth of their students is remarkable, and these awards represent just a small token of our enormous gratitude.”


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