Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

The Faculty Mentor of the Year Award recognizes a faculty member who has engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars.

The recipient of the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award will then be nominated for the NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award.


P. (Saday) Sadayappan is 2018’s Mentor of the Year

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce that P. (Saday) Sadayappan is the 2018 recipient of the annual Mentor of the Year Award. 

A.J Zanyk Photography 2015

Dr. Sadayappan is a professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering. He was nominated by a former postdoctoral mentee, Dr. Aravind Sukumaran Rajam, who has moved on to a senior engineer position. As an exceptional mentor and advisor, Dr. Sadayappan has guided a number of postdoctoral scholars who have moved onto positions in academia and industry. Dr. Sadayappan has prepared his trainees for academic and non-academic positions by providing them with opportunities for professional development such as improving teaching and communication, learning new technical skills, and honing scientific writing.

You can read Dr. Aravind Sukumaran Rajam’s nomination letter for Dr. Sadayappan here.


2018 Finalists

John Beacom

Professor

Department of Physics

Nominated by Katie Auchettl, Ami Choi, Tim Linden, Tuguldur Sukhbold, and Michael Troxel. Read the nomination letter for Dr. Beacom here.

 

Andrew Michel

Associate Professor and Associate Director of CAPS

Department of Entomology

Nominated by Hilary Edgington. Read the nomination for Dr. Michel here.

 


2018 Nominees

Jill Heathcock 

Associate Professor and Director of Infant Lab

Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Nominated by Gardenia Barbosa

 

Margaret Kalcic

Assistant Professor

Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

Nominated by Grey Evenson, Asmita Murumkar, Vinayak Shedekar, Xiaoqiang Liu

 

Philip Popovich

Professor and Chair of The Department of Neuroscience

Department of SBS-Neuroscience

Nominated by Manoj Gottipati

 

Michael Durand

Associate Professor

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

Nominated by Asmita Murumkar, Renato Frasson, Rui Wei

 

Mark Partridge

Professor and Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy

Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics

Nominated by Alexandra Tsvetkova

 

 


Gerald Frankel is 2017’s Mentor of the Year

The Postdoctoral Advisory Council (PAC) is pleased to announce that Gerald Frankel is the 2017 recipient of the annual Mentor of the Year Award.

Dr. Frankel pictured with Dr. Marcela Hernandez of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the postdocs who nominated him.

Dr. Frankel is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and is the Director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at The Ohio State University. He was nominated by four of his postdoctoral mentees, who have articulated the quality of training, support, and mentorship they have received while working in his laboratory. In addition to conducting an extremely productive working atomsphere for his mentees, Dr. Frankel has notably made efforts to enhance the postdoctoral experience for the individuals that nominated him, by providing hands-on experiences for professional and personal development.


2017 Nominees

Jill Rafael-Fortney

Professor

Department of Physiology and Cell Biology

Nominated by Keryn Woodman

 

Rafael Bruschweiler

Ohio Research Scholar

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Nominated by Bo Zhang

 

Stefan Niewiesk

Interim Chairperson

Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Nominated by Margaret Martinez

 


Noah Weisleder is 2016’s Mentor of the Year

The Postdoctoral Advisory Council (PAC) is pleased to announce that Noah Weisleder is the inaugural recipient of the annual Mentor of the Year Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who has shown outstanding service, advocacy, and support of the postdoctoral scholars under his or her mentorship. Mentors are nominated by their mentees.

mentor

Dr. Weisleder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology in the College of Medicine and was nominated by two of his postdoctoral mentees who articulated the outstanding training, support and mentorship they have received while working in his laboratory. In addition, Dr. Weisleder has been a strong supporter of the Postdoctoral Association and has become involved in other initiatives through the PAC, such as moderating a peer writing group for postdoctoral scholars working on faculty applications. Through his mentorship and involvement, Dr. Weisleder demonstrates his interest and dedication to serve the postdoctoral community at Ohio State. 


2016 Nominees

John Beacom 

Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Director of CCAPP

Department of Physics

 


Rafael Bruschweiler

Ohio Research Scholar

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

 

Adriana Dawes 

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

 

 

John Gunn

Professor, Graduate Faculty

Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity

 

 

 

Sandor Gyorke

Professor

SBS – Physiology & Cell Biology

 

 

 

Nam Lee

Associate Professor

Pharmacology

 

 

Ann McAlearney

Professor of Family Medicine, Vice Chair for Research

Department of Family Medicine

 


Milap Nahata

Professor

Pharmacy Practice and Administration

 

 

Andrew Ward

Professor

Department of Food Agricultural, and Biological Engineering