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President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
September 9, 2004

White House Announces 2003 Awards for Early Career Scientists and Engineers

President's Remarks

The White House today announced the recipients of the 2003 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Fifty-seven researchers will be honored today in a ceremony presided over by John H. Marburger III, Science Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The White House will webcast the event live at 3:00 p.m. today from the White House website at

The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, established in 1996, honors the most promising beginning researchers in the nation within their fields. Eight federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers at the start of their careers whose work shows the greatest promise to benefit the nominating agency's mission. Participating agencies award these beginning scientists and engineers up to five years of funding to further their research in support of critical government missions.

The recipients of the 2003 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, along with their nominating federal department or agency are :

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Energy

Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health

Department of Veterans Affairs

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Science Foundation About the Office of Science and Technology Policy

Congress established OSTP in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the impacts of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The 1976 Act also authorizes OSTP to lead an interagency effort to develop and to implement sound science and technology policies and budgets and to work with the private sector, state and local governments, the science and higher education communities, and other nations toward this end. The Director of OSTP serves as co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and oversees the National Science and Technology Council on behalf of the President. For more information visit


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