GEM Receives 2022 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

The National GEM ConsortiumThe National GEM Consortium, a nonprofit organization working collaboratively across education and industry sectors to advance the next generation of STEM professionals, has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) announced earlier this year by President Joe Biden. The PAESMEM award is the nation’s highest award of its kind. The prestigious recognition honors the exceptional efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America.

Founded at the University of Notre Dame, GEM has been instrumental in its mission to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. To date, the organization has graduated over 4,000 GEM fellowships including researchers, professors, entrepreneurs, inventors, and business leaders.

“For the past 45 years, GEM has been supporting the best and brightest talent in STEM, who are also members of underrepresented communities. These individuals not only achieve their fullest potential, but also give back to help those coming up behind them,” said GEM CEO, Brennon Marcano.

PAESMEM recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce, now at a critical shortage of qualified professionals. Between 2005 and 2015, STEM employment in the United States grew by nearly 25% — over five times more than non-STEM employment over the same period. Throughout the 2020s, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects more than 1,000,000 STEM jobs will have been added, representing nearly 11% growth and at a median annual wage of $89,780.

For more information about the National GEM Consortium, visit https://www.gemfellowship.org/.