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Awards to USA, Canada, and International Individuals for
Promoting Diversity in Science and Engineering

AAAS Mentor Awards

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Deadline Date:

06/30/22

Description:

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Awards to USA, Canada, and International individuals for promoting diversity in STEM fields. The purpose of this program is to recognize those who have mentored students in USA IHEs from underrepresented groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, women, and individuals with disabilities, who earned PhDs in a STEM field.

The two categories of the AAAS Mentor Awards (Lifetime Mentor Award and Mentor Award) both honor individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities.

Both awards recognize an individual who has mentored and guided significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who has impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies. It is important to indicate in the nomination materials how the nominee’s work resulted in departmental and/or institutional change in terms of the granting of PhDs to underrepresented students. 

Such commitment and extraordinary effort may be demonstrated by:

  • The number and diversity of students mentored;
  • Assisting students to present and publish their work, to find financial aid, and to provide career guidance;
  • Providing psychological support, encouragement, and essential strategies for life in the scholarly community;
  • Continued interest in the individual’s professional advancement.

Categories

  • Lifetime Mentor Award: This individual will have served in the role of mentor for 25 or more years.
  • Mentor Award: This individual will have served in the role of mentor for less than 25 years.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171301

Estimated Size of Grant:

Both award category recipients receive: A monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The award is open to all individuals, regardless of nationality or citizenship, who have mentored students at a U.S. institution. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination. Lifetime Mentor Awardees will have served in the role of mentor for 25 or more years. Mentor Awardees will have served in the role of mentor for less than 25 years. Each nominee will be rated based on the following criteria:
- Candidate mentored a significant number of students from underrepresented groups (i.e., women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities) who earned PhDs in a STEM field
- Candidate has shaped or impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students who earned STEM PhDs
- Candidate demonstrated continued interest in the educational and professional development of students mentored before and during the pursuit of the STEM PhD
- Candidate provided students with psychological support, encouragement, and essential strategies for life in the scholarly community before and during the pursuit of the STEM PhD
- Candidate has shaped or impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students who earned STEM PhDs

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is committed to equal opportunity for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected categories. AAAS seeks as diverse a pool of award nominations as possible, including as well a wide range of disciplines, institutional types, and geographical locations.

Pre-Application Information:

2023 nominations will be accepted from April 15 to June 30, 2022.

For more information, see https://www.aaas.org/aaas-awards.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nomination form: https://mentorawards.secure-platform.com/a

Nominations will be able to submit online. If you prefer to submit your nomination via postal mail, please contact Michael Feder at mfeder@aaas.org.

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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