«return to news listNM MESA Guenther Advisor Achievement Award – Accepting 2021-2022 Nominations

08/08/2022 – 

Calling all students, parents, administrators, teachers, community members — Let’s think about those great NM MESA advisors from this past school year who continuously gave of their time, passion, caring and expertise to ensure that students received a world class experience while in New Mexico 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 Monday, August 22, 2022.

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 “keeping MESA alive during COVID”. Tell us all about some of the great things this MESA advisor did to keep the enthusiasm and learning going during the difficult 2021-2022 school year.

Selection will begin with the review of the nominating form and advisor/school activities that were completed, and will culminate with the award being presented to two nominees, as selected by the evaluation committee. 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.