The beginning of the new year marks a celebration of mentoring at the National Science Foundation through the recognition of mentors via PAESMEM: the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, & Engineering Mentoring. A recent article published by the National Science Foundation featured PAESMEM alumni, including Chemistry Professor D. Allan Butterfield, on the subject of what makes a good mentor and why mentoring matters. Says Butterfield: "Maximizing STEM educational and research opportunities for all citizens of this country - regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious preference, or socioeconomic status - directly benefits the U.S. economic enterprise. To exclude or minimize opportunities for any diminishes all of us."
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