mailblastPresident Obama has named Project Exploration one of the 2009 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the White House announced today. Project Exploration was one of only three organizations cited, and the only one in Illinois; 19 individuals were also recognized.

“It’s an incredible thrill to have our work recognized at a national level,” said Cofounder and Executive Director Gabrielle Lyon. “Every day that we bring minority youth and girls together with passionate scientists, we take a step forward in the much-needed work to level the playing field in science. This award validates the extraordinary efforts of the students and scientists we work with.”

Project Exploration will receive its award this fall at a White House ceremony, and will also receive a grant of $10,000 to advance its mentoring efforts. Read the full press announcement from the White House.

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