Dr. Christine Grant is the recipient of the 2015 AAAS Mentor Award. The Award honors AAAS members who have mentored significant numbers of underrepresented students, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities, pursuing Ph.D.'s in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and who have demonstrated scholarship, activism, and community building on behalf of underrepresented groups in STEM fields.
To cultivate diversity among engineering faculty, Dr. Grant established nationwide peer-mentoring networks for female engineering faculty, and she collaborates with women and minority junior faculty to provide support that's essential for the successful recruitment, retention, and promotion of engineering faculty. "These efforts have resulted in cultural and climate shifts in engineering education at universities nationwide," AAAS reported. She also has focused on encouraging middle-school boys and girls to consider and commit to careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through projects such as ADVANCE-ENG Girls to Women and ADVANCE-ENG Boyz to Men, which were innovative faculty-student mentoring summits.
Dr. Grant has received many professional honors, including the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the AIChE Pioneers of Diversity Award (2015), the Council for Chemical Research National Diversity Award (2009), and the Winifred Burks-Houck Leadership Award (2011) from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers for her exceptional leadership, experience, commitment, and success in engineering. She is a 2013 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and in 2010 was inducted into Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.
Congratulations Dr. Grant!