The following article appeared in the The Office of Research Newsletter Nov/Dec 1997. Reprinted with permission.

DO-IT Program Wins Presidential Award

The UW's DO-IT program, developed by the UW College of Engineering and UW Office of Computing and Communication, recently won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. DO-IT (which stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) encourages teenagers with disabilities to pursue careers in technical fields.

"This award recognizes the contribution of the DO-IT mentors in the successful transition of program participants to college and careers," says Sheryl Burgstahler, DO-IT Director. Sponsored by the Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council, the awards seek to recognize outstanding programs for mentoring underrepresented groups in science, math and engineering fields. Sponsored primarily by the National Science Foundation, the DO-IT program was among nine institutions and ten individuals to receive one of the awards.