«return to news listGuenther Advisor Award – Accepting 2019 Nominations

Tracie O'Geary, member of the NM MESA Board of Directors, presents the Guenther Award to Luisa Castillo

Tracie O'Geary, member of the NM MESA Board of Directors, presents the 2018 Guenther Award to Luisa Castillo.

05/06/2019 – 

Calling all students, parents, administrators, teachers, community members — It’s time to start thinking of those great NM MESA advisors who continuously give of their time, passion, caring and expertise to ensure that students receive a world class experience while in MESA!

NM MESA is now receiving nominations for the Dr. Arthur H. and Joan Guenther Advisor Achievement Award. Advisors can be nominated by anyone who has seen their great work in action. The nomination deadline is Friday, May 17, 2019.

NOMIMATORS: Please complete the official Guenther Award Nominating Form and email it to Nicholas Kunz, North Central Region Coordinator, at nkunz@nmmesa.org

Selection of award recipients is based on performance, and is designed to reward excellence and leadership. Selection will begin with the review of the nominating form (linked below) and advisor activities that have been logged in MESA’s database, and will culminate with the award being presented to the two highest scoring nominees, as calculated by evaluation of specific selection criteria. The selected advisors and their schools will be recognized formally and publicly by NM MESA as recipients of the award. Advisors will receive a cash award  of $100 from NM MESA.

About the Award

Dr. Arthur H. Guenther loved science… He loved education… He created New Mexico MESA in 1982. As a research professor of electrical and computer engineering, professor of physics and astronomy at UNM, and Chief Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory, he was an advisor and mentor to hundreds of graduate students, and advisor to the Governor of New Mexico. He wanted to influence the lives of high school students in New Mexico who were interested in a bright future in STEM careers, so he worked with university representatives and state and federal government officials to bring the MESA program to New Mexico. He subsequently spent many years working as a MESA Board Member and Board Member Emeritus. His wife, Joan Guenther supported MESA in countless ways over the many years she was involved and played an important role in the success of the organization and its staff.

NM MESA has established the Dr. Arthur H. and Joan Guenther Advisor Achievement Award with the expressed goal of honoring the legacy of Dr. Guenther and his wife, while simultaneously recognizing the wonderful and important work done by MESA advisors who perpetuate Dr. Guenther’s vision each year.