Outstanding Postdoc and Faculty Mentor Awards 2019

2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS

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The Penn State Postdoc Society is pleased to announce Dr. Molly Hanlon as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Postdoc Award.  Dr. Hanlon was nominated by Drs. Jonathan Lynch, Kathleen Brown, Erin Connolly, and Teh-hui Kao.  She is a postdoc in the Department of Plant Science. In the words of her nominators “Molly is a truly exceptional young scientist, conducting novel research with vigor and creativity, managing a highly complex and multidisciplinary research project, and mentoring young scientists, all while maintaining very active outreach.”​ Dr. Hanlon will be presented with a plaque acknowledging this honor at the 12th Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on September 18, 2019.

 

 

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The Penn State Postdoc Society is pleased to announce Dr. Klaus Keller as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award. Dr. Keller is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences and the Director for the Center for Climate Risk Management.   He was nominated by a current postdoc in his lab, Dr. Mahkameh Zarekarizi. Dr. Keller’s dedication to helping his postdoctoral mentees through professional development and teaching opportunities, maintaining consistent and open communication, providing constructive feedback, and providing opportunities to attend scientific meetings led to his selection as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor. ​Dr. Keller will be presented with a plaque acknowledging this honor at the 12th Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on September 18, 2019. 

The awards ceremony at the exhibition will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the HUB. Postdocs, research associates, faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. More details about the 12th 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

 

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.”​