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NIGMS Minority Program Directors Honored

Two NIGMS minority program directors were among the most recent recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The annual awards recognize influential institutions and individuals who have been leaders in encouraging minorities, women and people with disabilities to pursue careers in science, math and engineering.

The recipients included Dr. R. David Bynum, an associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Stony Brook University, State University of New York; and Sara L. Young, director of the American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) program at Montana State University-Bozeman.

Bynum directs the Minority Access to Research Careers program at Stony Brook. He is credited with mentoring undergraduate students and laying a path for community college students to study molecular biology.

Young directs the Initiative for Minority Student Development program at Montana State. The initiative is a component of the school's AIRO program, a consortium of Montana's seven tribal colleges that provides opportunities to Native American students studying science, math and engineering.

Another individual associated with NIGMS minority programs, Dr. Steven G. Greenbaum of the City University of New York, Hunter College, received the award. Greenbaum, a physics professor and a subproject investigator on NIGMS' Support of Continuous Research Excellence grant, was recognized for mentoring students who have become major figures in industry, academia and research.

The three were among 10 individuals and 6 institutions who received the awards during ceremonies at the White House on Mar. 18. The awards, established by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and administered through the National Science Foundation, consist of a $10,000 grant and a commemorative Presidential certificate.

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