KU News Release

Jan. 21, 2011
Contact: Brendan M. Lynch, University Relations, (785) 864-8855

Director for American Indian outreach earns presidential award for mentoring

Marigold Linton

LAWRENCE — Marigold Linton, director for American Indian outreach in the Office for Diversity in Science Training at the University of Kansas, has been recommended by the National Science Foundation to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

This is KU’s first such award. Linton will travel next week to Washington, D.C., to receive the award from President Obama at a White House ceremony. She is one of 11 individuals and four organizations selected for the honor.

“These individuals and organizations have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the United States remains on the cutting edge of science and engineering for years to come,” Obama said. “Their devotion to the educational enrichment and personal growth of their students is remarkable, and these awards represent just a small token of our enormous gratitude.”

“It’s terrifically exciting,” Linton said. “I look forward to the recognition for our KU-Haskell program. I see it as an award for all of us in the Office for Diversity in Science Training, especially Dr. James Orr and Dr. Estela Gavosto and our Haskell partners.”

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring were established in 1996 and are administered for the White House by the NSF. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics mentoring and have enhanced the participation of individuals who are typically underrepresented in STEM disciplines (women, minorities and persons with disabilities). Awardees are nominated through an annual, public solicitation process and evaluated by a panel of experts.

“The KU-Haskell program is being recognized for its excellence,” said Linton. “This is the most recent confirmation that what we are doing here is seen as having great national significance as a national model.”

Linton was raised on Morongo Reservation in California; she is Cahuilla-Cupeno and an enrolled member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Riverside and a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of California-Los Angeles. She was a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the University of Utah. At Arizona State University, she directed American Indian Programs.

As director of American Indian outreach at KU since 1998, she has led a collaborative team from KU and Haskell Indian Nations University that has obtained more than $13 million in research training support from the National Institutes of Health for Haskell and KU students. Linton served on the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She is a founder and past president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Linton serves on the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, a congressionally mandated NSF advisory committee.

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