2008 Presidential Award Winner Dr. Queta Bond
May 17

2008 Presidential Award Winner Dr. Queta Bond


Since 1994, Dr. Bond has served as the president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. Under Dr. Bond’s leadership, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has contributed in excess of $20 million to support K-12 science education in North Carolina.

Dr. Bond has worked with policy makers, educators, and other foundation officers to help shape the direction of science education in North Carolina emphasizing hands-on science opportunities both in schools and in after school programs. This support of science education has included engaging underrepresented minorities and women to pursue careers in the sciences. She has devoted considerable time and energy to investigating best practices in science education in the United States and abroad in an effort to improve science education for all children of North Carolina.

Catalytic grants made to support science education during Dr. Bond’s presidency include:

  • $5.3 million to the University of North Carolina System
  • $1 million to the North Carolina Grassroots Museum Collaborative
  • $1.2 million to Project SEED
  • $1 million to the N.C. School of Science and Math

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Student Science Enrichment Program – the cornerstone of the BWF’s science education program – has provided more than $14.8 million to nonprofit organizations to support high quality science and mathematics after school programs for K-12 students. Dr. Bond was instrumental in the creation of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center and has served on the Board of Directors since 2002.

Dr. Bond retired in July 2008.