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UB professor receives presidential award

WASHINGTON – President Obama on Friday honored a University at Buffalo professor as one of 14 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Luis A. Colón, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at UB, won the award for his work mentoring 25 undergraduate minority students, as well as 43 graduate students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, the White House said.

Colón and the other award winners will be honored at a White House ceremony later this year.

“These educators are helping to cultivate America’s future scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” Obama said. “They open new worlds to their students, and give them the encouragement they need to learn, discover and innovate. That’s transforming those students’ futures, and our nation’s future, too.”