Vazquez receives presidential honor at Smithsonian, White House
This week, Associate Professor of Mathematics Mariel Vazquez was honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. where she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation's highest honor for researchers in the early stages of their careers.
The July 31 ceremony came a week after President Barack Obama announced Vazquez was among 96 young scientists chosen for the prestigious PECASE Award.
Following the awards ceremony, the researchers met with President Obama at the White House. The President thanked them for their research and encouraged them to keep up the good work. Vazquez and the other awardees also took part in a series of briefings with staff from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
PECASE awardees are selected for their innovative research and commitment to community service. Vazquez is a pioneer in an emerging field called DNA topology, which applies pure math to the biological mysteries of DNA, and is committed to mentoring students who are underrepresented in the sciences. She is the first SF State faculty member to receive the PECASE award.
Read more about Vazquez's PECASE award at: http://news.sfsu.edu/president-obama-names-sf-state-math-professor-top-young-scientist