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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 academia, 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.

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Nomination period for 2021 opens on July 15, 2021 and closes on August 2, 2021

Award finalists will be notified by the end of August 2021.

Finalists will be recognized and honored and the 2021 recipients for these awards will be announced at the virtual Awards Ceremony during Postdoc Appreciation Week on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Goal and Award Criteria

The award recognizes faculty who:

  • Provide intellectual leadership and model excellence in research/creative work.
  • Demonstrate leadership in supporting and foster equity, diversity and inclusion within their research group, department, institution, and/or field through their research, teaching, or service activities.
  • 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 with a postdoctoral titlecode and at least 6 months of UC San Diego postdoctoral experience (at time of nomination) under the mentorship of the faculty being nominated.
  • Up to three endorsement letters (two required) for the nomination (one page limit/Endorser). Limit of three total endorsements 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 (8 page limit) with a list of current and past postdoctoral scholars and their placement/position upon leaving UC San Diego.

Application Process

A complete application will include:

  • Online application form completed by the Principal Postdoctoral Nominator, which includes the following information:
    • Name, department, payroll title and email address of:
      • Principal Postdoctoral Nominator
      • Postdoctoral Co-Nominator (if applicable)
      • Up to three Endorsers (two required)
      • Department Chair
      • Note that all email addresses will receive a confirmation email of the completed nomination.
    • Narrative statement completed by the Principal Postdoctoral Scholar Nominator(s) (up to 900 words) demonstrating how and why the nominee is an excellent faculty mentor.
  • Documents to be uploaded for a complete online submission:
    • Nomination signature form with the signatures of the Principal Postdoctoral Nominator, Postdoctoral Co-Nominator (if applicable); up to three Endorsers (two required) and Department Chair
    • Up to three endorsement letters for the nomination (one page limit/Endorser). Limit of three total endorsements per nomination.
    • Abridged curriculum vitae for faculty nominee (8 page limit) with a highlighted list of current and past postdoctoral scholars and their placement/position upon leaving UC San Diego.
  • Please ensure that nominator statement and endorsement letters address the specific award criteria as listed.

If you submit the form outside of the current nomination period, your application will not be reviewed.

Online Application Form

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Form

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by an internal selection committee composed of faculty, representative(s) from the Postdoctoral Association and member(s) of the Office of Postdoctoral Scholar Affairs and/or Graduate Division. Awardees will be selected by the Dean of the Graduate Division from the finalists selected by this committee.

Award finalists will be notified by the end of August, 2021.

Ceremony and Award

The Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award recipient will receive an engraved plaque and $1000 to directly support mentorship for their postdoctoral scholars and. 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 their research interest, postdoctoral scholar enrollment fees in a course that will advance their career development, or 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 their research interest or to enroll in a course that will advance their career development. Only UC San Diego postdoctoral scholars with a postdoctoral titlecode are eligible to nominate and receive the cash award.

Finalists will be recognized and honored and the 2021 recipients for these awards will be announced at the virtual Awards Ceremony during Postdoc Appreciation Week on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Mentor finalists and postdoctoral nominator(s) are expected to attend the ceremony.

Recipients

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Check out videos of 2020's Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award recipients.

 

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Check out videos of 2019's Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award recipients.

 

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Check out videos of the 2018 Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award reciepents.

 

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2016 Chancellors Awards Mentors

 

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

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

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

2012

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

Strathdee 2012 Chancellors Award Mentor

 

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For questions, please contact Heather Dillon at hadillon@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5915.