This year, Dr. Debra Auguste, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Groove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers. This award is the highest honor given by the United States government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” said President Obama in a statement according to CUNY press release. “We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”

Auguste is also the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. She will receive $1.5 million over five years to support her investigation into personalized therapies to stop breast cancer metastasis.

Awardees are selected for their innovative research pursuits and commitment to community service as demonstrated through science, education, or community outreach.