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During the month of April, we are presented with a great opportunity to celebrate the fresh approaches young people bring to the world. In just a few days, NSF will announce the winner of the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award. First given in 1976, the award recognizes early career scientists whose research promises to recalibrate our thinking about an important aspect of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Waterman winners have made stunning impacts on the world. The breadth of their research has changed entire industries and fields of study—from cloaking technology that renders 3-D objects “invisible” to textiles that repel moisture to robotic telescope arrays that search for planets around other Suns.

Many of the winners were interested in science at a young age. In fact, it’s very likely that a future Waterman winner is in middle or high school right now. To encourage more young people to think about STEM, NSF will participate in the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 15-17. This action-packed weekend offers K-12 students a look at what makes science fun and unique.

We look forward to the continued success of all the Waterman winners and invite you to continue encouraging young people’s interest in STEM.
Dr. France A. Cόrdova
Director, National Science Foundation

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