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UB professor honored in Washington

WASHINGTON – A University at Buffalo professor was among 14 educators nationwide honored Tuesday with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

UB chemistry professor Luis Colón won the honor for the effort he’s put into teaching his students over the years.

According to the university, Colón has paid for his students to go to conferences, encouraged students from a variety of backgrounds to go to graduate school, helped foreign-born students improve their English skills, and hosted picnics at his home to welcome students to the region.

The National Science Foundation presented the awards to the educators at a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building. France A. Córdova, the agency’s director, and John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology, spoke at the event.

The awards are presented annually to teachers at all levels of the educational system who put in special effort to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to enter the science, technology, engineering and math fields.