The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI on October 10 won the 2017 STEM Mentoring Award in the category of Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships for their Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) program. iDEW Program Director and School of Informatics and Computing Executive Associate Dean Mathew J. Palakal, Program Manager and Diversity Coordinator Vicki Daugherty, and faculty member James Lyst accepted the award from US2020 on behalf of the school.
The iDEW program was honored for exceptional work in STEM mentoring during a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Over 150 organizations participated in the third annual award series. US2020 and co-founding sponsors Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services recognized the winners for their achievements and innovations in STEM and their focus on serving underrepresented youth.
Representatives from TechPoint Foundation for Youth (TPF4Y) were also in attendance. TPF4Y leads a coalition of corporate, community, and program partners, including the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, for the City of Indianapolis initiative, which engages STEM professionals who mentor students throughout Indianapolis.
“The iDEW team is extremely pleased to receive this recognition. With the involvement of over 30 different partners, the iDEW program clearly demonstrates how public-private partnership can contribute significantly to addressing STEM education and career pathways in our city and beyond,” said Palakal.