Chemist receives AAAS Mentor Award

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Luis A. Colón, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, received the 2009 AAAS Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Colón received the award in recognition of his “deep commitment to advancing diversity in the chemical sciences, leading to an increase in Hispanic American students receiving PhD degrees in chemistry.”

The AAAS Mentor Award recognizes individuals who have mentored significant numbers of underrepresented students (women, minorities and persons with disabilities) toward a PhD in the sciences, as well as their scholarship, activism and community building on behalf of underrepresented groups—such as women of all racial or ethnic groups, African-American, Native-American and Hispanic men, and people with disabilities—in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

He received the award on Saturday at the AAAS’ annual meeting in San Diego; the award includes a monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque and complimentary registration at the meeting.

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