Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor of the Year Award

This award is presented to a postdoctoral researcher, fellow, or scholar who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring of junior trainees (high school, undergraduate, or graduate students) through leadership and support.

Moriah Flagler is the 2019 Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor of the Year



Moriah Flagler is a teacher, theatre-maker, and scholar.  Her research focuses on community-based devising, applied improvisation, and digital storytelling. Her recent scholarship examines how devising digital stories with middle school-aged Spanish speakers foregrounded their community cultural wealth in a schooling system that often strips Latinx youth of their languages and cultures through subtractive assimilation. Moriah received the 2019 Distinguished Thesis Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for her study, “Storied Moments: Foregrounding Community Cultural Wealth through Digital Storytelling.” 

Moriah holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education from The University of Arizona.  She is currently a postdoctoral researcher and the Artistic Director of Be the Street, an Ohio State University community-engaged devising program where she continues to explore the intersections of place, identity, connection, story, and social justice.

2019 Nominees

  • Sara Koenig, Molecular Biology
  • Suyog Shrestha, Physics
  • Melanie Krook, Cancer Biology
  • Jose Lorie Lopez, Chemistry
  • Lindsey Brinton, Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Johnny Greco, Physics
  • Ji Young Kim, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Israel Garcia Cano, Food Science and Technology
  • Hardy Castada, Food Science and Technology
  • Devendra Dusane, Microbial Infection and Immunity
  • Anna Conrad, Plant Pathology

Leanna Perez is the 2018 Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor of the Year


Dr. Leanna Perez pictured with her PI, Dr. Irene Hatsu, and the undergraduate research assistants who nominated her for the award.

Dr. Leanna Perez is a postdoctoral researcher in the Hatsu Lab in the Department of Human Sciences. She has interdisciplinary research experience in nutrition and psychiatry and is currently coordinating a clinical research trial for children with ADHD. Her research involves identifying dietary patterns and multinutrient interventions that could inform integrative treatment options for youth with psychiatric or developmental disorders.

Dr. Perez is incredibly enthusiastic about student mentoring and advocacy, and also serves as the current chair for the Policy & Advocacy Committee of the PDA. She has a true passion for learning the stories of each student in her lab and finding a place in research that fits their individual strengths and interests.

2018 Nominees

  • Stephen Baumler, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Will Cantara, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Hardy Castada, Food Science And Technology
  • Veena Devi Ganeshan, Plant Pathology
  • Angela Filous, Neurology
  • Laura Hopkins, Human Sciences
  • Melanie Krook, Internal Medicine
  • Carl Pfendner, Physics
  • Tasha Posid, Psychology
  • Francesco Sammartino, Neurosurgery
  • Suyog Shrestha, Physics
  • Jeffrey Skidmore, Biomedical Engineering
  • Frances Sivakoff, Entomology
  • Vineeta Tanwar, Cell Biology and Physiology/Nursing
  • DeWayne Williams, Psychology
  • Marshleen Yadav, Radiology Oncology

Tasha Posid is the 2017 Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor of the Year


Dr. Noah Weisleder of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, presenting the award to Dr. Tasha Posid, with Abby Mills, an undergraduate research assistant who nominated Dr. Posid

Dr. Tasha Posid is a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive Development Lab of the Department of Psychology. She was nominated by an undergraduate research assistant who articulated the genuine efforts Dr. Posid has put forth into improving the undergraduate research experience, as well as the outstanding support and mentorship she has received while working with Dr. Posid. In addition to her commendable mentoring capabilities, Dr. Posid has also demonstrated excellent leadership amongst her trainees in the research environment. Congratulations Dr. Posid!

2017 Nominees

  • April Joice, Pharmacy
  • Dario Palmieri, Cancer Biology and Genetics
  • Devendra Dusane, Microbial Infection and Immunity
  • Frances Sivakoff, Entamology
  • Huimin Wang, Materials Science and Engineering
  • James Beacham, Physics
  • Jyoti Katoch, Physics and the Center for Emergent Materials
  • Marlena Ryba, Psychology
  • Michelle Roley-Roberts, Nisonger Center
  • Mohammad Elnakish, Physiology & Cell Biology
  • Qadeer Ahmed, Center for Automotive Research
  • Safiya Khurshid, Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Xiaoyi Lu, Computer Science and Engineering