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 this award must have demonstrated a desire to encourage and implemented practices such as enhancing networking and career planning skills, and will have made an active effort to help their postdoc(s) prioritize professional development, work towards future career goals or create career plans.

The recipient of the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award will then be nominated for the NPA Gallagher Mentor Award.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is currently accepting nominations for the 2022 Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

  • To nominate someone: If you have a faculty mentor to nominate for this award, please complete the application here.
  • Nomination deadline: nomination materials for 2022 are due by August 31, 2022, 11:59 PM.

Please reach out to our office if you have any questions about the nomination process!


Eben Kenah and Grzegorz Rempała are 2021’s Mentors of the Year

The OPA is pleased to announce that Dr. Eben Kenah and Dr. Grzegorz Rempała are the winners of 2021’s Faculty Mentor of the Year Award!

Dr. Eben Kenah

Dr. Eben Kenah is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics. Prior to joining Ohio State, he held academic positions at the University of Florida and the University of Washington. Dr. Kenah’s primary research interest is in infectious disease epidemiology. He has developed novel statistical methodologies based on causal inference, survival analysis, and statistical inference for improved study design and analysis of epidemic data. Besides his prolific academic credentials, he has also gained experience infield epidemiology as a biostatistical consultant at ICDDR,B in Bangladesh. Dr. Kenah has been a continuous grantee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including multiple R01s.

Dr. Grzegorz (Greg) Rempała

Dr. Grzegorz (Greg) Rempała is a Professor of Biostatistics and Mathematics. He was the Interim Director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) from September 2016 to December 2017. He was one of the leading figures at Ohio State in the Infectious Diseases Institute’s pandemic response modeling during the COVID-19 pandemic. His mathematical interests are classical probability theory, mathematical statistics, and the theory of stochastic complex systems. He also works in computational genomics and bioinformatics, as well as mathematical epidemiology. Dr. Rempała has been a continuous grantee of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is also an elected fellow of the Collegium of Eminent Scientists of Polish origin at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York.

Wasiur Khuda Bukhsh stressed their commitment to fostering independent research among their advisees, their dedication to helping their mentees connect with other researchers, and their willingness to guide trainees along their larger career paths.

Being nominated for this award is an indication of high quality mentoring, For this reason, we would like to honor the nominees by listing them here.

2021 Nominees

Megan Ballinger, Internal medicine

Nominated by Caymen Novak

 

 

 

Magaret KalcicMargaret Kalcic,  Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Nominated by Sushant Mehan

 

 

 

Elizabeth Kirby, Psychology

Nominated by Jiyeon Denninger

 

 

 

 

Laura Kubatko, Statistics – Evolution Ecology, and Organismal Biology

Nominated by Kristina Wicke

 

 

Jinghua Li, Materials Science and Engineering

Nominated by Yan Dong

 

 

 

 

Jianjie Ma, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Nominated by Dathe Benissan-Messan

 

 

 

Antonio Ramirez

Antonio Ramirez, Materials Science and Engineering

Nominated by Rafael Giorjao

 

 

 

 

 


Kentaro Fujita is 2020’s Mentor of the Year

The OPA is excited to announce that Dr. Kentaro Fujita is the winner of 2020’s Faculty Mentor of the Year Award!

Dr. Kentaro Fujita

Dr. Fujita is a professor in the Department of Psychology. He was nominated by a former postdoctoral advisee, Laura Wallace. Dr. Fujita works with his mentees to promote their overall professional development, establish a strong community in the research group, connect his advisees with other researchers in the field, and guide them on their career trajectory. You can read the nomination letter for Dr. Fujita here.

Being nominated for this award is an indication of high quality mentoring, For this reason, we would like to honor the nominees by listing them here.

2020 Nominees

Lapo Alinari

Lapo Alinari, Hematology-Internal medicine

Nominated by Youssef Youssef

 

 

 

Bala Balasubramaniam

Bala Balasubramaniam, Food Science and Technology

Nominated by Jie Xu

 

 

 

Richard Bruno

Richard Bruno, Human Sciences

Nominated by William Quarles

 

 

 

 

Harris Kagan

Harris Kagan, Physics

Nominated by Suyog Shrethsa with support from Dr. Kagan’s former mentees Dr. Bin Gui (Postdoc, Carnegie Mellon University), Prof. Paul Jackson (University of Adelaide, Australia) , Prof. Yi Yang (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan).

 

Eben Kenah

Eben Kenah, Biostatistics, College of Public Health

Nominated by Wasiur KhudaBukhsh

 

 

 

 

Rosa Lapalombella

Rosa Lapalombella, Internal Medicine

Nominated by Lindsey Brinton

 

 

 

Namal Liyanage

Namal Liyanage, Microbial, infection & Immunity

Nominated by Rajni Kant

 

 

 

Ann McAlearney

Ann McAlearney, CATALYST

Nominated by Sarah MacEwan

 

 

 

Antonio Ramirez

Antonio Ramirez, Welding Engineering

Nominated by Rafael Giorjao

 

 

 

 

Amy Shuman

Amy Shuman, English

Nominated by Sona Hill

 

 

 

 

Susan Travers

Susan Travers, School of Biosciences, College of Dentistry

Nominated by Kalyanasundar Balasubramanian with support from Andrew Harley

 

 

 

 

Allan Tsung

Allan Tsung, Surgery

Nominated by Amblessed Onuma

 

 

 

Shiyu Zhang

Shiyu Zhang, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Nominated by Wenjie Tao

 

 

 

 


John Beacom is 2019’s Mentor of the Year

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce that John Beacom is the 2019 recipient of the annual Mentor of the Year Award. 

John Beacom

Dr. Beacom is the Henry L. Cox Professor of Physics and Astronomy, a Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP).  He is a member of OPA’s Postdoctoral Advisory Council and is the mentor for Presidential Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Steven Prohira.  Dr. Beacom was nominated by a group of 14 present and recent CCAPP postdocs, led by Dr. Tim Linden.  Dr. Beacom takes a comprehensive approach to mentoring, covering scientific development, communication skills, interdisciplinarity, how to teach and mentor, public outreach, and anything else needed to help people do their best work and grow into scientific leaders.  This year alone, four of his postdoc and student mentees are starting faculty jobs.

In 2020 the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), in partnership with Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. awarded John Beacom the Mentor Award. The award recognizes a faculty member or advisor who has engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars.

See his acceptance speech here.

You can read the nomination letter for Dr. Beacom here.

2019 Nominees

Li WuLi Wu

Professor

Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity

Nominated by Shuliang Chen, Wuxun Lu, and Nagaraja Tirumuru

 

Tasha PosidTasha Posid

Surgical Educator and Education Specialist

Department of Urology

Nominated by Sabrina Amin

 

Monica CoxMonica Cox

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Engineering Education

Nominated by Julie Aldridge and Meseret Hailu

 

Magaret KalcicMargaret Kalcic

Assistant Professor

Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

Nominated by Grey Evenson, Asmita Murumkar, Vinayak Shedekar, and Michael Brooker

 

Kelly KelleherKelly Kelleher

Professor

College of Medicine

Nominated by Samantha Boch

 

Kai ZhaoKai Zhao

Associate Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

Nominated by Chengyu Li, Jennifer Malik, and Zhenxing Wu

 

Derek HoustonDerek Houston

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Nominated by Chi-Hsin Chen, Carrie Davenport, Jongmin Jung, Claire Monroy, Jessa Reed, Terrin Tamati, and Yuanyuan Wang

 

Anne CoAnne Co

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Nominated by Jose Lorie Lopez

 

Erin HertleinErin Hertlein

Assistant Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

Nominated by Ola Elgamal and Amina Adul-Aziz

 


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. 

P. Sadayappan

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

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

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 HeathcockJill Heathcock 

Associate Professor and Director of Infant Lab

Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Nominated by Gardenia Barbosa

 

Margaret KalcicMargaret Kalcic

Assistant Professor

Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

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

 

Philip PopovichPhilip Popovich

Professor and Chair of The Department of Neuroscience

Department of SBS-Neuroscience

Nominated by Manoj Gottipati

 

Michael DurandMichael Durand

Associate Professor

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

Nominated by Asmita Murumkar, Renato Frasson, Rui Wei

 

Mark PartridgeMark 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 atmosphere 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-FortneyJill Rafael-Fortney

Professor

Department of Physiology and Cell Biology

Nominated by Keryn Woodman

 

Rafael BruschweilerRafael Bruschweiler

Ohio Research Scholar

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Nominated by Bo Zhang

 

Stefan NiewieskStefan 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 BeacomJohn Beacom 

Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Director of CCAPP

Department of Physics

 


Rafael Bruschweiler

Rafael Bruschweiler

Ohio Research Scholar

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

 

Adriana DawesAdriana Dawes 

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

 

 

John Gunn

John Gunn

Professor, Graduate Faculty

Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity

 

 

 

Sandor GyorkeSandor Gyorke

Professor

SBS – Physiology & Cell Biology

 

 

 

Nam Lee

Nam Lee

Associate Professor

Pharmacology

 

 

Ann McAlearneyAnn McAlearney

Professor of Family Medicine, Vice Chair for Research

Department of Family Medicine

 


Milap NahataMilap Nahata

Professor

Pharmacy Practice and Administration

 

 

Andrew WardAndrew Ward

Professor

Department of Food Agricultural, and Biological Engineering