News Release

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NIH Director, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., recognizes 20 NIH recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

"I'm very pleased that the White House has selected 20 NIH funded scientists for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Award. This is indeed a great honor. These individuals have only recently received an NIH research grant or been appointed to a tenure track position within the NIH Intramural Program, but they have already shown exceptional productivity and promise."

PECASE is the nation's highest honor for scientists at the beginning of their professional careers. Since the program began in 1996, NIH has funded a total of 193 PECASE recipients. The NIH awardees will take their place along with 94 other highly accomplished scientists from a total of 16 federal agencies. Of the 20 NIH honorees, 17 are new investigators working at institutions around our nation. The others have positions in the NIH Intramural Programs. A complete list of NIH-supported PECASE recipients and program information is available at Awardees will be honored by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony later this year.

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