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Indian American Murty S Kambhampati chosen for US Presedential Award

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An Indian-American biology professor, Murty S Kambhampati, is among 15 scientists, who have been selected for a prestigious U.S. presidential award for excellence in the field of science, mathematics and engineering mentoring. 

Points to Remember:

  • Murty S Kambhampati, a professor of biology at Southern University at New Orleans will receive the award at a White House ceremony.
  • Another person selected from Indian subcontinent, Sri Lankan-origin Tilak Ratnanather is an associate professor in the biomedical engineering department of the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
  • Murty S Kambhampati has been a mentor of high school and undergraduate students in research and successfully boosted graduation rates.
  • Murty S Kambhampati is a PhD holder from both Jackson State University in Environmental Science and Andhra University in Ecology is an active research mentor for undergraduates.

Other individuals who got selected for the award:

  1. Sheila M. Humphreys, University of California, Berkeley
  2.  Raymond L. Johnson, University of Maryland
  3.  Gary S. May, Georgia Institute of Technology
  4.  Elizabeth A. Parry, North Carolina State University
  5.  Tilak Ratnanather, Johns Hopkins University
  6.  John Brooks Slaughter, University of Southern California
  7.  GeoFORCE Texas, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas
  8.  Luis Colón, State University of New York at Buffalo
  9.  Anne E. Donnelly, University of Florida
  10.  Lorraine Fleming, Howard University
  11.  John Matsui, University of California, Berkeley
  12.  Beth Olivares, University of Rochester
  13.  Sandra Petersen, University of Massachusetts
  14.  Julio Soto, San Jose State University

“These educators are helping to cultivate America’s future scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” U.S. President Barack Obama said.

“They open new worlds to their students and give them the encouragement they need to learn, discover and innovate. That’s transforming those students’ futures, and our nation’s future, too,” he said.