Once Upon a Time I Headed the NSF-PECASE Awards Program in 2006

NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
July 26, 2006

The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers beginning independent careers. i am wearing the turquoise jacket.


(Engineers) Silvia Ferrari, Duke University; Ashley James, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Scott D. Kelly and Michael S. Strano, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Suzie H. Pun, University of Washington; and James E. Smay, Oklahoma State University.

(Computer and information scientists) Marina Bers, Tufts University; Thomas L. Martin, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; William E. Schuler, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; and Janet M. Wang, University of Arizona.

(Mathematical and physical sciences) Anna K. Mapp, University of Michigan; Jonathan C. Mattingly, Duke University; Benjamin J. McCall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Aravinthan D. Samuel, Harvard University; and Eugene J. Billiot, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi.

(Biological sciences) Rachel M. Brewster at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Tracy L. Johnson at the University of California, San Diego, and Rebeca B. Rosengaus at Northeastern University received awards.

(Behavioral and economic scientist Shelly Gable, University of California-Los Angeles, and geoscientist Julia E. Hammer, University of Hawaii.)

NSF PECASE Recognition Ceremony
July 26, 2006

The President gave 56 awardee of whom 20 were from NSF

NSF awardees are chosen from the roughly 400 assistant professors who have received grants from NSF's Faculty Early Career Program (CAREER) in the same year of their nomination for the president's award.

The CAREER award is the most prestigious given by the NSF. They recognize and support the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Awardees are selected on the basis of creative plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

CAREER awards range from $400,000 to nearly $1 million over five years to support career research and education.


I Chair the NSF CAREER Coordinating Committee.

Awardees are nominated by the NSF program officers, Division Directors and Assistant Directors and are then forward to the Director of the NSF. The Director submits these names to the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

With my team, I organize the NSF awards ceremony for our PECASE recipients.

With me are my NSF-PECASE Awards ceremony two team members. From the Director's Office are, Lawrence Upton, Program and Technology Specialist, and Mayra N. Montrose, Science Policy Analyst. 

Six Special PECASE Awardees