Twenty NSF-Nominated Scientists and Engineers Receive Top Presidential Honor
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President Clinton has named 20 young, independent researchers nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive the first annual Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
The new awards, created last spring, recognize 60 outstanding scientists and engineers from across the federal government. These researchers have demonstrated excellence and promise in scientific or engineering research, as well as the potential for eventual leadership in their respective fields.
The PECASE awards, according to the president's Office of Science and Technology Policy, represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals whose talents and potential are so great that they are expected to emerge as leaders on the frontiers of science and engineering during the next century. The awards embody the government's high priority of maintaining U.S. leadership in science by producing a prominent cadre of scientists and engineers and encouraging their continued development.
NSF's recognition includes grants of up to $500,000 over a five-year period for individual recipients of this presidential award. Awardees are faculty members known for accomplishments in research, education, and service to the public.
These scientific and engineering leaders will serve as advisors to the president on emerging and developing trends and discoveries in their fields. Their contributions are also expected to foster other innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of career potential in science and engineering, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation's future.
NSF-nominated PECASE winners include:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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