Mines alumna receives PECASE Award

On February 18, 2016, President Barack Obama named Melissa Teague, who earned her PhD in Materials Science from Mines in 2013, as one of 105 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

“These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness,” President Obama said in a White House press release. “We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”

Established by former President Bill Clinton in 1996, the award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals early in their independent research careers. Various federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most commendable professionals whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s ingenuity in science and engineering. 

Nominated by the U.S. Department of Energy, Teague was selected for her pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and her commitment to community service.

“I am very excited and honored to be recognized for my research efforts,” Teague said. “And getting to meet the president is pretty cool.” 

Teague will receive her award at a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C., this spring.



Ashley Spurgeon, Editorial Assistant, Mines magazine | 303-273-3959 | aspurgeon@mines.edu
Kathleen Morton, Digital Media and Communications Manager, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3088 | kmorton@mines.edu

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