UGA associate professor Paula Lemons is among the 2019 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology:
Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies.
Lemons is an associate professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of biochemistry and molecular biology.
“I am very grateful to receive the PECASE award. First and foremost, I thank God and my family for their inspiration and support throughout my career. Also, I am thankful to my UGA colleagues and administrators who have been a continuous source of support during my time at UGA, Lemons said. “I also appreciate my UGA students who have inspired my research and its applications to the science classroom.”
“This accolade reflects a reputation that has been a number of years in the making,” said Christopher West, professor and head of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. “From the time that she arrived at UGA a decade ago, Dr. Lemons has carried out research with her team to better understand how undergraduate students learn and to explore best practices for implementing the findings from both her program and others in the field.