The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy honored Jackson State University’s associate dean Dr. Paul Tchounwou with a presidential award for his role as a mentor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring is a program administered by the National Science Foundation.
Tchounwou, a presidential distinguished professor, said, “This award validates JSU’s commitment to excellence. The support of all faculty, staff, students and administrators makes this presidential honor possible. I am also very appreciative of the mentors who guided me throughout my professional career.”
Furthermore, he said, “We are grateful to the White House and the National Science Foundation for this coveted honor. Although there’s a nationwide shortage of minorities in STEM, Jackson State University is full of possibilities and helping to fill an important gap. My role is to continue mentoring future leaders of the 21st-century – faculty and students – who are destined to make a difference in the world.”