UW Graduate School

Graduate School Mentoring Award for Postdoctoral Trainees

Postdoc Mentoring Award Winner for 2017 Announced!

The Graduate School and the UW Office of Postdoctoral Affairs awards an annual Mentoring Award for Postdoctoral Trainees to recognize and honor the tremendous role postdocs play in student research and training at UW. The patience postdocs demonstrate in spending time investing in students, even while advancing their own research and career, is a model of what we would hope to see among mentors. As we heard over and over again in the letters: postdocs serve as mentors who guide, push and inspire students to become their best selves. The Mentoring Award recipient receives an honorarium of $2,000.

Postdoc Mentoring Award Winner for 2017

Damien Wilburn
Senior Fellow in Genome Sciences

This year, we received a record number of nominations from five Schools and Colleges across campus. The letters reflected stories from many graduate students who valued their postdocs for their expertise, patience, availability, creativity, kindness, and the investments each of them make in the next generation of researchers. It is so clear to us that our research and teaching missions at UW could not function without postdocs. The review committee made up of faculty, postdocs and graduate students wanted to recognize a few more postdocs as finalists. We also want to recognize all nominees for their excellent mentorship.

Postdoc Mentoring Award Finalists for 2017

  • Armin Alaghi, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Nirveek Bhattachajee, Bioengineering
  • Charles Cherqui, Chemistry
  • Giles Eperon, Chemistry
  • Clara Fuchsman, Oceanography
  • Atom Lesiak, Pharmacology/Psychiatry
  • Maya Rosen, Psychology

Postdoc Mentoring Award Nominees for 2017

  • Miriam Ben-Hamo, Biology
  • Peter Hofsteen, Pathology
  • Sarah Holliday, Clean Energy Institute
  • Mrinalini Hoon, Biological Structure
  • Josh Kaplan, Pharmacology
  • Yannis Konstas, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Chloe Lahondere, Biology
  • Lindsey Madison, Chemistry
  • Kenny Matreyek, Genome Sciences
  • Andrew Rhines, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Aaron Robitaille, Pharmacology
  • Dan Shao, Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine
  • Caiti Smukowski Heil, Genome Sciences
  • Cristina Valensisi, Genome Sciences
  • Clement Vinauger, Biology

Nominations – Next Cycle Starts in December 2017

Has a postdoc made a difference in your life this year? Whether in the lab, in the field, or in the classroom, the Graduate School wants to acknowledge the essential role postdoctoral trainees play in our research and teaching missions here at University of Washington.

The Graduate School is seeking nominations for exceptional UW postdoctoral trainees who dedicate time, energy and effort to mentoring graduate students. Nomination is simple. Write a nomination letter that gives an example (or many) of how this postdoc has impacted you as a mentor. Submissions should be in a single letter of 250-500 words, and can be submitted by students, postdocs, faculty or staff. Collaborations on letters are welcome, but multiple letters will not be accepted. If multiple letters are submitted, we will ask you to combine them into a single submission (reviewers are examining quality of impact the postdoc has made, not quantity of nominations).

A review committee will select finalists based on mentoring qualities so specific examples are encouraged. Finalists will be announced by April 1 and recognized at end of year ceremonies. The award winner receives $2,000 in discretionary funds.

In posting your nomination, please include the following elements:

  • Postdoc fellow’s name saved in the file name
  • Department affiliation, along with program or lab group, as relevant
  • Descriptive account of how the postdoc has served as a mentor for graduate students in particular, and other mentoring examples as appropriate
  • Your relationship to the postdoc (nominations can come from faculty, students, staff and fellow postdocs)

Questions? Contact Associate Dean Kelly Edwards, with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Core Programs in the Graduate School at uwopa@uw.edu.

Timeline for Nomination and Final Announcement

Nomination Process

Timeline

Accepting Nominations Now–Feb. 15, 2017
Reviewing Nominations Feb. 16–March 15, 2017
Decision and Announcement March 15, 2017
Award Ceremony May 2017

Past Postdoc Mentoring Awardees: 2014–2016

2016 Awardees

  • Christina Bandaragoda, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Stacia Dreyer, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

2015 Awardee

  • Clare Towse, Bioengineering

2014 Awardees

  • Felice Dunn, Biological Structure
  • Irini Topalidou, Biochemistry

On behalf of the Graduate School, thank you to all of the postdocs on campus who contribute to our rich learning environment and the future of students.