The call for nominations for the 2017 Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees is now open. The deadline has been extended to Friday, March 3, 2017.

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.

How to Nominate a Mentor
The following information must be submitted as one PDF to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, March 3, 2017:
1. Nomination form (Download the Nomination Form)
2. List of nominee’s past trainees and current positions (Sample Trainee Table)
3. Mentor’s brief biosketch
4. Primary nomination letter, which must come from a current trainee of the mentor (postdoctoral fellow, physician fellow, or CHOP-based graduate student)
5. Minimum of 3 additional letters of support; maximum of 5 letters. This can be other mentees, former trainees, faculty, etc., who can speak to the quality of mentorship. Letters of nomination must address the 6 criteria listed in the below section (individual paragraphs addressing each criterion specifically are recommended).

The nominee should:
1. Serve as advisor, teacher, and advocate
2. Create a supportive environment for research
3. Provide trainees with the resources necessary to take full advantage of institutional, academic, and professional opportunities (publications, conferences, networking, etc.)
4. Provide future career guidance for various career paths (academia, industry, government, teaching, non-research, etc.)
5. Maintain accessibility by providing consistently open lines of communication
6. Provide mentorship and guidance in responsible conduct of research (RCR)

Selection Process
Nomination packets will be reviewed by the Research Trainee Advisory Committee (RTAC). The committee will take the nominees’ career/experience level into consideration and may elect to choose more than one winner.

Award Presentation
The winner of the Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees will be invited to present at the first Faculty Luncheon series of the 2017-2018 academic year. The winner will be featured on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs’ Research Trainee Web Portal, in a Bench to Bedside article, and be recognized with an award plaque.

Please direct any questions to Colleen Ambron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..