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ATTENTION TRAINEES: Nominations Now Open for Mentoring Award

Published on January 3, 2022 in Announcements · Last updated 1 year ago


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Call for Nominations - 2022 Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2022 Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees. The deadline to submit nominations is Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm.



The Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees recognizes faculty who effectively guide and monitor advanced training and professional development of postdoctoral fellows, physician fellows, and CHOP-based graduate students, in an ongoing partnership sustained by mutual respect. The award is designed to honor faculty members who have provided exceptional support as research mentors.
Please Note: The primary nominator must be a Postdoctoral Fellow, Physician Fellow, or CHOP-based Graduate Student.


Nominees must be CHOP-based faculty in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Past trainee nominators are encouraged to update and resubmit previous nominations.


The primary nominator will need to answer the following questions in the nomination form. Each question is limited to 250 words or less.

  1. Please describe how your mentor has served as an advisor, teacher, and advocate.
  2. How has your mentor created a supportive environment for research?
  3. Please describe how your mentor provides trainees with the resources necessary to take full advantage of institutional, academic, and professional opportunities (publications, conferences, networking, etc.).
  4. How has your mentor provided future career guidance for various career paths (academia, industry, government, teaching, non-research, etc.)?
  5. Please describe how your mentor maintains accessibility and provides consistently open lines of communication.
  6. Please discuss how your mentor provides mentorship and guidance in responsible conduct of research (RCR).

How to Nominate a Mentor

The following information must be submitted to the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs by the deadline Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm:

  1. Nomination form, which includes the 6 criteria questions listed above, to be completed by the primary nominator (must be a current postdoctoral fellow, physician fellow, or CHOP-based graduate student being trained by the nominee)
  2. One PDF (uploaded via the nomination form) containing:
    1. List of nominee's past trainees and current positions - Example Trainee Table
    2. Mentor's brief biosketch
    3. Maximum of 3 additional letters of support. Letters can be provided by other mentees, former trainees, faculty, etc., who can speak to the quality of mentorship. Competitive letters of support will address all 6 of the criteria listed below (individual paragraphs addressing each criterion specifically are recommended).

Selection Process

Nomination packets will be reviewed by the Academic Training Advisory Council (ATAC). The council will take the nominees’ career/experience level into consideration and may elect to choose more than one winner.

Award Presentation

The winner will be invited to present at the June 28, 2022 session of the Research Institute Seminar Series, featured in Cornerstone, and be recognized with an award plaque.