The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) was awarded to Gillian Knapp on June 26, 2018 for her work in the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) at Princeton University. PTI was founded by Professor Knapp, and has received national recognition for its prison education program in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). PTI brings the classroom to inmates, affording them an opportunity to pursue college-level education while incarcerated.
The Presidential Award was established by the United States White House in 1995 to recognize individuals and organizations providing exceptional mentoring in STEM. The National Science Foundation administers the award on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It is the highest national mentoring award bestowed by the White House. Each awardee receives $10K and a presidential citation at a White House ceremony held in Washington D.C. Additional information can be found here.