Outstanding Postdoc and Faculty Mentor Awards 2019

Penn State Postdoc Society (PSPS) recognizes outstanding postdoctoral researchers and faculty mentors of postdocs with an annual award. Below is the call for 2019.

Call for Nominations

The Penn State Postdoctoral Society (PSPS) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 5th Annual Penn State Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award.

This award will recognize an outstanding faculty member who has demonstrated their commitment to exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars at Penn State University.

The award selection criteria will include, but are not limited to:

1.      Mentor accessibility (e.g. providing open lines of communication to postdoctoral scholars)

2.      Establishment of clear expectations and achievable goals

3.      Fostering a productive working environment that enhances the overall postdoctoral experience (e.g. research, teaching and community service)

4.      Providing guidance and assistance in professional development (e.g. completing an individual development plan, encouraging participation in conferences and helping to build a professional network)

5.      Appropriately crediting postdoc for their involvement in research presentations and publications

The recipient of the 5th Annual Penn State Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award will be honored during a special ceremony and presented with a beautiful customized plaque acknowledging her or his outstanding contribution to Penn State’s vibrant postdoctoral culture.

Nominations will only be accepted from current postdoctoral scholars or fellows or those whose appointments ended after July 1, 2018 (see instructions below).


Nomination Process

Deadline for submissions: THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE at the end of May 17, 2019.

To submit a nomination, please provide the following:

1.      The nominated mentor’s full name, title and department

2.      A copy of the nominee’s CV

3.      A short essay (600-word limit) describing why you feel the mentor should be selected for the Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award (see selection criteria above)

4.      Submit the items above via email to PSUPostdocSociety@gmail.com by the end of May 17, 2019.

The award recipient will be notified on or before July 1, 2019. The Penn State Postdoctoral Society will announce the award through Penn State news outlets in July 2019 and the plaque will be presented at the Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition in September 2019.

 

Call for Nominations

The Penn State Postdoctoral Society (PSPS) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 5th Annual Penn State Outstanding Postdoc Award.

The award recognizes a postdoctoral scholar or fellow for his/her overall achievements at Penn State University.

The award selection criteria will include, but are not limited to:

1.      Research productivity and/or innovation

2.      Science communication (including via social and popular media)

3.      Teaching, mentoring and/or project management

4.      Collaboration (externally or within the lab, department or university)

5.      Community service and/or engagement 

The recipient of the 5th Annual Penn State Outstanding Postdoc Award will be honored during a special ceremony and presented with a beautiful customized plaque acknowledging her or his outstanding contribution to Penn State’s vibrant postdoctoral culture.

Nominees can either be current postdoctoral scholars or fellows or those whose appointments ended after July 1, 2018.  Nominations will be accepted from faculty members, PIs, mentors, or other individuals qualified to assess the nominee’s achievements (see instructions below).


Nomination Process

Deadline for submissions: THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE at the end of May 17, 2019.


To submit a nomination, please provide the following:

1.      The nominated postdoc’s full name and department

2.      A copy of the nominee’s CV

3.      A short essay (600-word limit) describing why you feel the nominated postdoc should be selected for the Outstanding Postdoc Award (see selection criteria above)

4.      Submit the items above via email to PSUPostdocSociety@gmail.com by the end of May 17, 2019.

The award recipient will be notified on or before July 1, 2019. The Penn State Postdoctoral Society will announce the award through Penn State news outlets in July 2019 and the plaque will be presented at the Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition in September 2019.

 

 

2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS 

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The Penn State Postdoc Society is pleased to announce Dr. Glenn Sterner III as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Postdoc Award.  Dr. Sterner was nominated by Drs. Gary Zajac, Derek Kreager, Pete Forster, and Ashton Verdery.  He was a postdoc in the Justice Center for Research.  Dr. Sterner’s extensive publication record, success at procuring grants, commitment to outreach, and dedication to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students led to his selection as the 2018 Outstanding Postdoc. Dr. Sterner is now an assistant professor at Penn State Abington.

 

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The Penn State Postdoc Society is pleased to announce Dr. Christina Grozinger as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award.  Dr. Grozinger is a distinguished professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research.    She was nominated by current and former postdocs of her lab, Drs. Rong Ma, Maggie Douglas, Dave Galbraith, and Doug Sponsler.  Dr. Grozinger’s dedication to the growth of her postdoctoral mentees through providing opportunities to write grants, guest lecture, and attend scientific meetings along with her attention to their wellbeing by supporting a balanced work and family life and maintaining consistent, open communication led to her selection as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor.  In the words of her nominators, she “is a supportive and encouraging mentor, and her effective mentorship directly translates to both research productivity and subsequent careers for her postdoctoral mentees.”​