by Jenn Donovan
President Barack Obama has named 106 researchers—including Assistant Professor Colleen Mouw (GMES)—as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
It is the highest honor bestowed by the US government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. “These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness,” President Obama said.
“We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”
Nominations come from federal agencies who support the young scientists and engineers’ research. Mouw was nominated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“I’m very humbled to be recognized in this way,” Mouw said. “I’ve been fortunate to have worked with many fantastic colleagues over the years who undoubtedly deserve this recognition just as much as myself.”
The awards were established by President Clinton in 1996. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this Spring. You can read the announcement here.