The only Indian to make it to the list of 22 3 professors, Kenneth Sajwan, professor in the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics at the Savannah State University in Georgia, received the award from president Barack Obama for his excellence in mentoring.
Lauding the winners, White House said that mentors by offering these students their time, encouragement and expertise play a crucial role in ensuring that the next generation of scientists and engineers will better reflect the diversity of the United States.
To advance their mentoring effort, the recipients will receive $10,000 as an award.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, which is awarded every year, honors individuals or organisations for their crucial role in mentoring students to ensure academic and personal development in the field of science or engineering, particularly of those belonging to minority sections.
The candidate for the Presidential Mentoring Award are nominated by colleagues, administrators, and students from their home institutions.
Mentoring include students ranging from any grade level from elementary through graduate school.
Sajwan who is nationally renowned as a leading scholar and researcher in the field of environmental science has his works published in more than 100 publications.