The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the 2023 AAAS Mentor Award to Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. The award recognizes Ramirez-Ruiz for his direct mentoring of students and for the impact of the Lamat program he created.
Ramirez-Ruiz, who holds the Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, will speak on “The Lamat Institute: Re-Imagining Leadership and Mentorship in Astronomy.”
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring represents the highest honor bestowed upon mentors who work to expand STEM talent
Rewa Clark Bush, a Lamat Summer 2021 Fellow and Cabrillo College student, was recognized with an award for her research and presentation skills at the 2021 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) Digital Conference. Rewa’s talk was entitled “Searching for Stars Disrupted by a Supermassive Black Hole That Lived to Tell the Tale.”
SACNAS Selects Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz as a 2021 Distinguished Awardee for Excellence in Science and Mentoring
SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 SACNAS Distinguished Awards. This year’s two awardees, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Maria C. Tamargo, have exemplified the SACNAS mission by showing unparalleled dedication to excellence in science, mentoring, and teaching.
Lamat Executive Director Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz awarded American Physical Society’s Nicholson Medal for Mentoring
Lamat Founder and Executive Director, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, was recognized “for innovations in mentoring, such as the Lamat Program, all of which have demonstrated how members of historically marginalized populations can thrive, lead, and advance scientific enterprise in astronomy and related fields.”
Some of the brightest minds in astrophysics are like undiscovered exoplanets. They are out there, but no one knows about them just yet. For some of these students, no one in their family has ever gone to college, let alone measured the masses of neutron stars. Fates and circumstances haven’t aligned with their talents.
Original story from UC Santa Cruz Magazine.