FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 1996
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OUTSTANDING SCIENCE MENTOR AT WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY
Los Angeles, California -- October 11, 1996 -- California
State University, Los Angeles chemistry professor Carlos G.
Gutierrez was among the first honorees named by the President
of the United States to receive the newly-established annual Presidential
Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Mentoring, at a White House ceremony on Wednesday, September 25.
Administered and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF),
the awards were presented to 10 individuals and 6 institutions
from across the country whose outstanding mentoring efforts were
deemed most responsible for enhancing the participation of underrepresented
groups in science, math and engineering. Awardees received a
$10,000 grant, to be directed back into the recognized activity,
and a Presidential commemorative certificate recognizing them
as exemplars to their colleagues and leaders in the national effort
to more fully develop the nation's human resources in science,
mathematics and engineering.
Carlos Gutierrez joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in 1976. A
professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
he is also director of the University's NIH (National Institutes
of Health) Minority Access to Research Careers and Minority Biomedical
Research Support programs. In his 20 years at Cal State L.A.,
Gutierrez has had significant impact on minority student education;
he has mentored more than 180 students through his involvement
with NIH-funded programs or as a faculty participant in other
department projects such as the NSF Research Improvement in Minority
Institutions and Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs.
In great part through his effort, the American Chemical Society
(ACS) established the Committee on Minority Affairs in 1993, with
Gutierrez serving as its first chair. This committee in turn
established the ACS Minority Scholars Program, a $5 million scholarship
program for undergraduates, and the ACS Award for Encouraging
Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in Chemical Sciences.
As vice-chair of the National Academy of Science Committee on
a National Scholars Program, under contract to NASA, Gutierrez
has articulated persuasively the responsibility of all faculty
-- but especially science faculty -- to seek out talented minority
students and encourage their academic development very early in
their undergraduate careers.
Gutierrez received a B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA and Ph.D. from
UC Davis. He served as chair of his department at CSLA from 1988-92
and was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley from Fall 1989 to Winter
1991. He has served on and chaired various NIH committees, subcommittees
and NIGMS Council, and is an advisory committee member of the
National Research Council Office of Scientific and Engineering
Personnel. He has published numerous articles, all with student
Gutierrez received the University's Outstanding Professor Award
for 1983-84; the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Cal State
L.A. chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi in 1985;
the CSLA Hispanic Support Network Outstanding Educator Award in
1993; and the CSLA Associated Students Outstanding Faculty Award
in 1996. Gutierrez, his wife, Linda Tunstad, an assistant professor
of chemistry at Cal State L.A., and daughter Naomi, a junior at
UC Davis, live in Pasadena.