Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring

The Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award honors faculty who serve as effective advisors, advocates, role models, and colleagues for UC San Diego Postdoctoral Scholars.  Postdoctoral scholars are individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree and, under the oversight of a faculty mentor, continue research training in preparation for a career in academe, industry, government, or the nonprofit sector.  Faculty mentors who provide guidance, support, and inspiration to research and career excellence are essential to the success of the postdoctoral scholar. This award recognizes faculty who consistently promote and actively engage in the many forms of mentorship.

2016 Chancellors Awards Mentors

Goal

The award recognizes faculty who:

  • Provide intellectual leadership and model excellence in research/creative work.
  • Create a supportive environment for research and scholarship, assist in attaining goals, and provide resources necessary to be successful while clearly articulating expectations and hold the postdoctoral scholars to high standards of intellectual excellence, ethical conduct, and professional behavior.
  • Ensure the postdoctoral scholar is trained in the skills and knowledge necessary for the discipline. Provide the postdoctoral scholar opportunities to take a leadership role in the preparation of proposals, organizing workshops or conferences, preparing edited volumes, and advising graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Provide opportunities to network with colleagues in the department, and in the profession by allowing the postdoctoral scholar to attend professional society meetings or conferences, and/or working as active collaborators.
  • Serve as an advocate by nominating the postdoctoral scholar for awards, promoting successful and timely completion of postdoctoral scholar projects, and is proactive in post-training placement in academic positions or other employment.

Eligibility

  • To be eligible for nomination, the mentor must be a UC San Diego Faculty or Research Scientist.
  • The nominator must be a UC San Diego postdoctoral scholar (in the following titlecodes: 3252 Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, 3253 Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow or 3254 Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct) with at least 6 months of UC San Diego postdoctoral experience (at time of nomination) under the mentorship of the faculty being nominated.
  • The nomination must have two endorsements. Endorsements must be from current or previous postdoctoral scholars who trained under the mentor. However, for young mentors or small research groups, endorsements may be from other trainees (e.g. graduate students, undergraduate or residents).  Endorsement letters (one page limit/endorser) may be submitted in the nomination PDF. Three total endorsements are allowed per nomination.
  • The nomination must be endorsed by the Department Chair. There is no limit as to how many mentors can be nominated per department.
  • Narrative statement should be 1-2 pages.
  • Abridged curriculum vitae for faculty nominee with a list of current and past postdoctoral scholars and their placement/position upon leaving UC San Diego.

Application Process

Nomination materials should be assembled by the principal nominator in a one PDF (multiple PDFs need to be combined a single PDF).  The nomination PDF should be submitted in an email to the Office Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars at postdoc@ucsd.edu.  This email should be titled: 2016 Mentor Nomination Last name, First Name of mentor (expl: “2016 Mentor Nomination Doe, Jane) and cc each endorser/co-nominator and department chair. The deadline for nominations is September 2, 2016.


A complete nomination PDF should include (in this order):

  • Nomination form completed by the principal postdoctoral scholar nominator, which must be signed by the two endorsers and the Department Chair.  Nominations may include up to three endorsers and that third endorser signature may be included on a separate page after the nomination form.
  • Narrative statement completed by the principal postdoctoral scholar nominator(s) (1-2 pages) demonstrating how and why the nominee is an excellent faculty mentor.
  • If applicable, endorsements letters for the nomination (one page limit/endorser). Limit of three total endorsements per nomination.
  • Abridged curriculum vitae for faculty nominee with a list of current and past postdoctoral scholars and their placement/position upon leaving UC San Diego.

Click here for: Mentor Nomination Form

Selection Process and Criteria

Nominations will be reviewed by an internal selection committee composed of Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, faculty, representative from the Postdoctoral Association and member of the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs. Awardees will be selected by the Vice Chancellor for Research based upon recommendation of this committee.

Ceremony and Award

The Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award recipient will receive $1000 to directly support mentorship for his/her postdoctoral scholars, an engraved plaque and congratulatory letter from Chancellor Khosla for inclusion in future Academic Review File. Also, the recipient will be honored on additional plaque that will reside in the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs. Examples of supporting postdoctoral mentorship include, but are not limited to: postdoctoral scholar attendance a at a professional association or society meeting that relates to his/her research interest, postdoctoral scholar enrollment fees in a course that will advance his/her career development, speaker visits that will directly aid in postdoctoral training.  This award may not be used for indirect support to postdocs, such as equipment (e.g. desktop/laptop computers) or laboratory supplies. 

The principal nominating postdoctoral scholar will receive a cash award of $500 to use towards attendance at a professional association or society meeting that relates to his/her research interest or to enroll in a course that will advance his/her career development. Only UC San Diego postdoctoral scholars in title codes 3252 (Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee), 3253 (Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow) or 3254 (Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct) are eligible to nominate and receive the cash award.

The recipients will be recognized at the 2016 Postdoctoral Scholar Appreciation Lunch on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, in Price Center Ballroom B, following the Postdoctoral Research Symposium in Price Center Ballroom A and B. The mentor and postdoctoral nominator(s) are expected to attend the ceremony.


Awardees will be notified by October 3, 2016.

Recipients

2012

Steffanie StrathdeePh.D., Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Department of Medicine; Postdoc Nominator: Lianne Urada, Ph.D.

Strathdee 2012 Chancellors Award Mentor

2013

Pamela Mellon, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine; Postdoc Nominator: Hanne Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Mellon 2013 Chancellors Award Mentor

Victor Nizet, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacy; Postdoc Nominator:  Andrew Hollands, Ph.D.

Nizet 2013 Chancellors Award Mentor

Michael Sailor, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Postdoc Nominator: Alejandra Nieto-Pena, Ph.D.

Sailor 2013 Chancellors Award Mentor

2014

Don Cleveland, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Medicine, and Neurosciences; Postdoc Nominator: Jie Jiang, Ph.D.

Cleveland 2014 Chancellors Award Mentor

Nathan Gianneschi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Postdoc Nominator: Angela Blum, Ph.D.

Gianneschi 2014 Chancellors Award Mentor

JoAnn Trejo, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology; Postdoc Nominator: Terri Stoner, Ph.D.

Trejo 2014 Chancellors Award Mentor

2015

Jeffrey Esko, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine; Postdoc Nominator: Chrissa Dwyer , Ph.D.

Lucila Ohno-Machado, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Informatics; Postdoc Nominator: Shuang Wang, Ph.D.

2015 Chancellors Awards Mentors

For questions, please contact Ginger Hazen at vhazen@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5915.

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