Citizen Science Lab Director to Receive Award at White House

The director of Pittsburgh's only community biotech lab will be among the 62 recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award, the nation's premier volunteer award, at the White House this weekend.

Dr. Andre Samuel will be among the Corporation for National and Community Service honorees celebrated at the White House briefing. He leads programming for children, teens and adults in the Citizen Science Lab, which was launched by Duquesne University and Urban Innovation 21 with foundation support.

Samuel was selected for his continued involvement as a BMe Community leader and volunteer, contributing more than 500 hours. He was among the first 10 black men from Pittsburgh chosen as role models by BMe Community, a national nonprofit that provides recognition, funding and networking opportunities for black men who are building sustainable economic programs in cities including Baltimore, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia and Akron, as well as Pittsburgh.

Named the inaugural director of The Citizen Science Lab in 2014, Samuel received the BMe recognition because of his educational innovations that ignite student passions for science, technology, engineering and math. The Citizen Science Lab enriches the scientific appreciation of children and teens through hands-on experiences in after school, weekend and summer programs, encourages college students in their science and technology career preparations, and welcomes adult learners.

Samuel, who earned a doctorate from Duquesne University in biological sciences, lives in Upper St. Clair.

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