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Dr. Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity

 

About the Award
Dr. Etta Z. Falconer

 

The Infinite Possibilities Conference Steering Committee, along with the Spelman College Mathematics Department and the Falconer Family, established the Dr. Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a professional commitment to mentoring and increasing diversity in the sciences, and in particular the mathematical sciences. The awards are formally presented during the Infinite Possibilities Conference at the Etta Z. Falconer Banquet. The award recipient receives a commemorative plaque; complimentary registration, travel, and hotel expenses to attend the Infinite Possibilities Conference; and two additional banquet tickets for guests.

 Dr. Etta Z. Falconer (1933-2002), former Associate Provost for Science Programs and Policy and Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Mathematics at Spelman College, was widely known for her efforts towards increasing diversity in the sciences. Through her involvement in the creation of the NASA Women in Science Program and the Spelman College Honors Program, and as founder of the National Association of Mathematicians, Dr. Falconer spent her life demonstrating a commitment to mentoring women and traditionally underrepresented minorities and increasing their access to and participation in the sciences and the mathematical sciences.


past Awardees

Dr. Roselyn Williams 2012 Award Recipient

 

Dr. Ivelisse Rubio
2010 Award Recipient

Dr. Sylvia Bozeman
2007 Award Recipient

Dr. Janis Oldham
2005 Award Recipient



Key Criteria

  • Individual has demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing the number of women and/or underrepresented minorities in the sciences, and in particular the mathematical sciences.
  • Individual has served as a mentor to women and/or underrepresented minorities in the sciences, particularly the mathematical sciences

Additional Criteria

  • Individual has helped to increase the number of women and/or underrepresented minorities pursuing baccalaureate and/or advanced degrees in the sciences, particularly the mathematical sciences.
  • Individual has helped to increase the number of women and/or underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in the sciences, particularly the mathematical sciences.
  • Individual must be living at the time of their nomination.
  • The award recipient is expected to attend the Etta Z. Falconer Banquet.

NOMINATIONS
You can nominate yourself or another individual.This award is open to all regardless of nationality, citizenship, or gender. The nomination should include:

  • Name, position, institution, professional address, phone, fax, and e-mail address of the nominee and the nominator;
  • a 1- to 2-page statement on how the individual meets award criteria;
  • a full curriculum vita of the nominee including a list of all official honors and awards;
  • 3 letters of recommendations that address how the individual meets award criteria, with at least one from an individual who has been encouraged or mentored by the nominee.

Please submit all information electronically to ipcinfo@diversityinscience.org PDF files, Word documents, and plain text files are acceptable. In the subject line, write Falconer Award Nominee [Last Name of Nominee]. Recommendations must be received directly from the recommenders. All materials become the property of the Infinite Possibilities Conference Steering Committee. The nomination deadline is October 1, 2014.

The 2015 Dr. Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity will be formally presented to the award recipient during the 2015 Infinite Possibilities Conference at Oregon State University, March 2, 2015.

Dr. Falconer Award Flyer

SAVE THE DATE!

Infinite Possibilities Conference 2015
March 1-3, 2015
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

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“I have devoted my entire life to increasing the number of highly qualified African Americans in mathematics and mathematics-related careers. High expectations, the building of self-confidence, and the creation of a nurturing environment have been essential components for the success of these students.”

—Dr. Etta Z. Falconer in response to receiving the 1995 Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education from the Association for Women in Mathematics

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