Created by on 12/19/2011

Teresa Woodruff, PhD, a member of both The Endocrine Society and the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and American Physiological Society member Andrew Tsin, PhD, were among the 2010 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. President Obama presented the awards at a special ceremony at the White House on December 12th.

Dr. Woodruff was recognized for her work on the Women's Health Science Program for High School Girls, developed by the Institute for Women's Health Research at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As Representative Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) noted in a
statement that she entered in the Congressional Record congratulating Dr. Woodruff, the Women’s Health Science Program proves that mentoring plays a crucial role in the academic and personal development of students, especially for young women who choose to study science and engineering. Dr. Tsin, who teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio is a nationally recognized biochemist with a 30-year record of mentoring minorities and other underrepresented groups of students. Under his leadership, more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students completed their degrees and or took positions as scientific researchers, medical physicians or educators. 

FASEB President Joseph C. LaManna also sent letters to Dr. Woodruff and Dr. Tsin, expressing the federation’s congratulations on the affirmation of their extraordinary contributions to engaging and inspiring the next generation of biomedical researchers and for demonstrating that outstanding scholarship and great teaching can be done simultaneously. Last year, Woodruff’s research on oncofertility was featured in FASEB’s first
Horizons in Bioscience article.  

President Barack Obama greets Dr. Teresa Woodruff (red jacket, far right), Dr. Andrew Tsin (red tie, 4th from left) and other recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in the Oval Office, December 12, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).