About Us

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to build inclusive STEM communities across the United States. Fundamental to these communities are the significant, inspirational connections we foster between the individuals who have received national recognition for excellence in STEM and today’s diverse generation of college and high school students. Together they will pave the way for a more equitable future in science and technology. Our vision is to be a driving force in creating a world in which the diversity of the American society is reflected in the recipients of all prestigious STEM honors, including future Laureate classes of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

PROGRAMS

The Challenge

We envision a world in which the diversity of the American society is reflected in the recipients of all prestigious STEM honors, including future Laureate classes of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Before we see a new class of Laureates that represents both the highest levels of science and technology and reflects our diverse society, we must build a STEM ecosystem that supports all who wish to endeavor there. To make that dream a reality, we must turn our gaze to one of the most vulnerable parts of the STEM pipeline: an undergraduate’s journey from enrollment to graduation with a STEM degree. The high attrition rate of first-year STEM students, especially those from underrepresented groups, perpetuates a representation problem in collegiate and post-collegiate communities. We believe that intervention at this point in a student’s journey is critical. Any young person who dreams of being a scientist or inventor should receive the education, mentoring, and inspiration to help that dream bear fruit.

IMPACT

Inspiration to Impact

The NSTMF strives to serve underrepresented communities in STEM, elevating voices that have historically been left out of the conversation. Through our programming, we are inspiring a new generation of STEM pioneers that reflects the strength of diversity in our society. We continue to honor scientific and technological excellence as well as raise public appreciation for STEM as an agent of positive change in the world.

OUR SPONSORS

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Staff & Board Members

STAFF
Andy Rathmann-Noonan | Executive Director
Laura Charity | Director of Programs and Culture
Allison Courtin | Director of Strategy and Communications
Ryan Lasker | Program and Finance Manager
Kate Biddle | Senior Development Associate
Joanna Chou | Communications and Development Associate

BOARD LEADERSHIP
James L. Rathmann | Chairman
Vinton G. Cerf | TreasurerNational Medal of Technology 1997

BOARD MEMBERS
Richard Elkus Jr.
Ted W. Love
Todd Elmer
Robin Rathmann-Noonan
Megan Roberts
Monique Dorsainvil

Emeritus Board Members
George Rathmann | Founder
Gordon E. Moore | National Medal of Technology 1990
David Fischhoff
Philip A. Sharp | National Medal of Science 2004
Kirk Raab
Gordon Bell | National Medal of Technology 1990
C. Kumar N. Patel | National Medal of Science 1996
Robert White

CONTACT US

3222 N Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20007
610.719.7472