Outstanding Postdoc and Faculty Mentor Awards

Penn State Postdoc Society (PSPS) recognizes outstanding postdoctoral researchers and faculty mentors of postdocs with an annual award.

This year PSPS is pleased to announce Dr. Suvrath Mahadevan as the 2017 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor for his exceptional dedication to the mentoring of postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Mahadevan was nominated by multiple postdoctoral scholars for his exceptional availability and responsiveness, ability and willingness to provide recognition to his students for their work, and his commitment to providing priority to professional development opportunities and exposure to new skills and knowledge.

PSPS recognizes Dr. F. Joseph Pollock with 2017 Outstanding Postdoc Award. Dr. Pollock was nominated by his faculty mentor Dr. Monica Medina for his outstanding contribution to research, teaching and service while in the Department of Biology at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Pollock's exceptional achievements include not only an impressive publication record and grant writing leading to international multi-laboratory projects, but also teaching and mentoring several undergraduate and graduate students and founding an international program for high school students interested in marine science. This year, PSPS awards committee received 26 nominations for the Outstanding Postdoc award and it was a challenge to determine the recipient of this award as all nominations were outstanding. The awards sub-committee was chaired by Dr. Arnab Bhowmick, Dept. of  Ecosystem Science and Management and Dr. Lydia Harding, Dept. of Animal Sciences.

The Penn State Postdoc society would like to commend all the applicants for their achievements and encourage submission for next year.

Dr. Mahadevan and Dr.Pollock will be presented with a plaque acknowledging this honor in a ceremony at the 10th Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on Friday, September 22, 2017.

The awards ceremony is open to postdocs, research associates, faculty, staff and students and will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Heritage hall, HUB. More details about the Tenth Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition that is jointly organized by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Penn State Postdoc Society can be obtained at www.research.psu.edu/opa and by contacting postdocaffairs@psu.edu