The NICHD Mentor of the Year Award is an opportunity to recognize individuals whose mentoring has made a difference in someone’s life at NIH. The two mentoring award categories are fellows and investigators. Nominations were invited from all trainee groups in NICHD, and each nominator had to write a statement, on which the selection committee based their decisions. The selection committee included NICHD clinical and postdoctoral fellows, and postbac fellows.
For the fellow mentoring award, there were two finalists:
- Dr. Sarine Markossian, nominated by summer student Kunal Khurana
- Dr. Elias Leiva-Salcedo, nominated by graduate student Katrina Furth
And the winner of this year's fellow Mentor of the Year award is Dr. Elias Leiva-Salcedo (pictured at right).
Excerpts from Dr. Leiva-Salcedo’s nomination:
“Dr. Leiva-Salcedo consistently shows patience and generosity with his time and resources while teaching me how to collect high-quality, reproducible data and develop concise, testable hypotheses. I have learned many life lessons regarding scientific integrity and perseverance in the midst of difficulty. The mentorship provided was particularly noteworthy as Dr. Leiva-Salcedo committed countless hours to my training as an electrophysiologist and has always inspired me to achieve my full potential.”
For the investigator award, there were three finalists:
- Dr. Mark Stopfer, nominated by postdoc fellow Nitin Gupta
- Dr. Brant Weinstein, nominated by two postdoc fellows, Amber Stratman and Matthew Butler
- Dr. Tonja Nansel, nominated by two postbac fellows, Dexter Thomas and Benjamin Gee
The winner of this year's investigator Mentor of the Year award is Dr. Brant Weinstein (pictured below, with Dr. Constantine Stratakis).
Excerpts from Dr. Weinstein’s nomination:
“Dr. Weinstein is someone who can show you what you as a trainee are capable of—and is always leading the lab by example. One of his greatest attributes is letting us make mistakes, learn from them and come out of it not feeling less than we are. Dr. Weinstein is extremely supportive of me developing my own ideas and always fosters engaging scientific discussions both in our one-on-one and group meetings. His mentorship has been crucial in allowing me to grow as a scientist and a person in many ways.”
Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners!