SEATTLE – Ike Nwaneshiudu, a doctoral student and research assistant in the University of Washington chemical engineering department, was recently presented the 2010 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Outstanding Engineering Mentor award by Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange.
Nwaneshiudu was nominated by undergraduate Evangeline Drink whom he mentored during her participation in a chemical engineering research group and preparation for the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Nwaneshiudu received a bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry from Haverford College (Haverford, Pa.) in 2007 and during his undergraduate studies there participated in the Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR) Program at UW during the summer of 2006.
“Prior to graduate school, I already had several years of undergraduate and even high school research experience,” Nwaneshiudu said. “My participation in the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) at Temple University, as well as STAR here at the University of Washington offered valuable research and mentoring experience which I still use today when interacting with advisers and undergraduates. I am privileged to have received the LSAMP mentor award.”
Award nominations for the LSAMP Outstanding Engineering Mentor Award were judged by various faculty and staff members within the College of Engineering. LSAMP supports educators and advocates who increase underrepresented minority participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors.