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Prof. Cebe receives the PAESMEM award from Dr. Subra Suresh (left), director of the National Science Foundation, and Dr. John Holdren, Science Adviser to the President. Credit: National Science Foundation.

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2010 PAESMEM Winners. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.


Prof. Peggy Cebe was selected as one of the 2010 individual winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Peggy Cebe is an internationally recognized expert in polymer physics, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and an educator. Over her 24-year career in academia she has mentored 103 undergraduates, most of them from underrepresented groups. Since 2003, Dr. Cebe has instructed and mentored 34 deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) interns who have conducted research leading to co-authorship of scientific publications and presentations at national scientific meetings. To promote science to DHH students at an earlier age, Dr. Cebe, along with a Big Brother/Big Sister DHH intern, will visit middle and high schools for the deaf to perform demonstrations and hands-on experiments and to discuss STEM careers with young students.

President Obama Honors Outstanding Science, Math, and Engineering Mentors

WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama on Nov. 15, 2011 named nine individuals and eight organizations recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The mentors will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations, recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering-particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow's innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States.

Candidates for the award are nominated by colleagues, administrators, and students in their home institutions. The mentoring can involve students at any grade level from elementary through graduate school. In addition to being honored at the White House, recipients receive awards of $25,000 from the National Science Foundation to advance their mentoring efforts. The mentors and organizations announced today represent the winners for 2010 and 2011.

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Cebe Research Group

Our research program in polymer physics includes topics in semicrystalline polymers, biophysics, and polymer-based nanocomposites. Our research program is carried out at Tufts University with field trips to the synchrotron facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory for some of our x-ray analysis work. We collaborate with scientists all over the world in academia, industry, and government. Our research team includes professors, graduate and undergraduate students, and student interns in our program for deaf and hard of hearing students. Follow the links on the top navigation bar to learn more.

Spring 2010 News Article: Internship Program for Deaf Students

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Optical Properties

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Thermal Analysis
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Structural Analysis
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