UF professor and research director Anne Donnelly received an email from the White House on Thursday, and she was instructed not to tell anyone but her immediate family about it.
“You don’t want to tick off the White House,” she said, laughing.
Donnelly is one of 14 mentors President Barack Obama named as recipients for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
She was happy to share the news with students and colleagues when it was released the next day.
Donnelly and the other recipients will be honored at the White House later this year and will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.
“The award is fun, but mentoring is the rewarding part,” said Donnelly, who holds a Ph.D. in science education.
Donnelly is the director of the UF Center for Undergraduate Research, and she has mentored UF students since she graduated from the university in 1996.
“Anyone who meets her absolutely loves her because she’s always willing to help in any way that she can,” said Stephanie Forgas, one of Donnelly’s former students and an office assistant at the research center.
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