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Anthony Carpi Gets Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

The Academy member is a Professor of Environmental Toxicology at New York City's John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Published March 28, 2011

Academy member and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor of Environmental Toxicology Anthony Carpi was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in a ceremony at the White House on January 27. Carpi was nominated by John Jay College and selected by the National Science Foundation for his individual mentoring work and for creating an undergraduate research initiative that creates opportunities for forensic science students to engage in faculty-mentored research projects.

President Obama named 11 individuals and 4 organizations as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

John Jay College President Jeremy Travis credited Carpi with having transformed the science program at John Jay and establishing strategies aimed at mentoring young scientists. Carpi is co-founder of the school’s Math & Science Resource Center and science peer mentoring program that serves thousands of students per semester. Both programs have helped substantially to reduce attrition from the science program in the first two years of the major. Professor Carpi cofounded the Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors, and has personally mentored over 32 students, increasing the number of undergraduates, and especially minority students, who have moved on from John Jay to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees.