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Postdoc Awards

2021 POSTDOC AWARDS CEREMONY IS MAY 24 AT 5PM – REGISTER HERE!

Each spring the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) partners with the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (VPA) to recognize postdocs who demonstrate excellence in research, service, mentorship, and a commitment to the postdoc community, as well as their mentors who demonstrate willingness to share expertise and advice, service to the community at large, along with other mentoring activities. Below please find more information about each award.

Postdoc of the Year AWARD

Sponsor: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)

Eligibility: All current Vanderbilt-affiliated (VU and VUMC) postdoctoral fellows, scholars and trainees are eligible for nominations.

Criteria: Nominee must demonstrate excellence in research, scholarship or creative expression as evidenced by one or more of the following:

  • Publication record since January 2020
  • Presentations: papers or posters at local, regional, national or international conferences/meetings since January 2020
  • Awards and honors: internal and/or external recognition of excellence in research, scholarship or creative expression

Consideration will also be given to:

  • Service: committees and organizations (internal and/or external), teaching, volunteering, etc.
  • Mentoring within a lab or school, establishing or leading projects and initiatives (internal and/or external)
  • Accepted presentations at conferences/meetings that were canceled due to COVID-19

Nomination Process and Selection:

  • The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs solicits nominations from faculty in each school.
  • The Postdoctoral Fellows Advisory Committee reviews and votes on all nominations; if needed, ad hoc members will be selected by the OPA.
  • The committee may select honorable mentions in addition to the award winner.

Faculty Mentor of the Year AWARD

Sponsors: Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (VPA) and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)

Eligibility: Anyone who has served as a mentor to a postdoctoral fellow, scholar or trainee at Vanderbilt in any capacity is eligible for this award.

Criteria:

  • Willingness to share expertise and advice.
  • Support of the mentee’s current career stage and advancement towards the mentee’s chosen career direction.
  • Service to the community at large, including other mentoring activities.
  • Scholarship within the mentor’s own career: publications, awards, presentations, and honors.

Nomination Process and Selection:

  • The VPA solicits nominations from all postdocs at Vanderbilt.
  • The VPA Executive Board reviews and votes on all nominations.

Postdoctoral Mentor of the Year AWARD

Sponsors: Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (VPA) and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)

Eligibility:

  • All current Vanderbilt-affiliated (VU and VUMC) postdoctoral fellows, scholars and trainees who have served as mentors are eligible for nominations.
  • Self-nominations and nominations by others are accepted.

Criteria:

  • Willingness to share expertise and advice.
  • Support of the mentee’s current career stage and advancement towards the mentee’s chosen career direction.
  • Service to the community at large, including other mentoring activities.
  • Scholarship within the mentor’s own career: publications, awards, presentations, and honors.

Nomination Process and Selection:

  • The VPA solicits nominations from members of the Vanderbilt community.
  • The VPA Executive Board reviews and votes on all nominations.

Postdoc Service Award

Sponsors: Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (VPA) and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)

Eligibility:

  • The nominee must be a current postdoc at Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Self-nominations and nominations by others are accepted.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated sustained leadership skills to foster postdoc experience at Vanderbilt.
  • Demonstrated meaningful contribution in national and international societies relevant to their research field, e.g., moderating sessions at national/international conferences.
  • Engaged in scholarly research activities outside regular lab responsibilities to advance science, e.g., reviewing manuscripts for journals.
  • Service to the community at large, including other mentoring activities.

Nomination Process and Selection:

  • Service activities should be clearly listed on the postdoc’s CV.
  • The VPA solicits nominations from all postdocs at Vanderbilt.
  • The VPA Executive Board reviews and votes on all nominations.

Limitation: Each postdoc is eligible to receive the service award once during his or her tenure at Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

 

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

2020 Award Winners

Read more: Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association announces 2020 award winners

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