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. The recipient must demonstrate leadership, communication, and management skills, as well as have encouraged and maintained an accessible, professional, and supportive lab environment that enhances the mentee experience.

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

  • To nominate someone: If you have someone you would like 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!

Dalton Snyder is the 2021 Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor of the Year

Dalton Snyder

Dr. Dalton T. Snyder is a research associate in the Resource for Native Mass Spectrometry Guided Structural Biology (nMS->SB) under Professor Vicki Wysocki. He obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry and applied mathematics from the University of Evansville in 2014 and later earned his PhD in chemistry (with a focus on mass spectrometry) under Dr. R. Graham Cooks at Purdue University in 2018. Since joining the nMS->SB Resource, he has focused on simplification and dissemination of surface-induced dissociation technology for the native mass spectrometry community. His current research interests include gas-phase hydrogen-deuterium exchange of native proteins and protein complexes as well as study of amyloid beta aggregation pathways by native mass spectrometry.

Dr. Snyder’s mentees recognized his incredible scientific worth ethic, his dedication to training students and creating a welcoming work environment, and his empathy with others.

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

  • Ahmed Abdelhamid, Food Science and Technology
  • Da Chen, Food Science and Technology
  • Ji Yeon Denninger, Psychology
  • Yan Dong, Material Science Engineering
  • Kalpana Deepa Priya Dorayappan, OB-GYN
  • Israel Garcia-Cano, Food Science and Technology
  • Gerald Gourdin, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Johnny Greco, Physics
  • Joanna Hodges, Human Sciences
  • Katie Kroeper, Psychology
  • Drew Nassal, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
  • Wolfgang Pfeifer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Timothy Yokley, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Wenjia Joyce Zhao, Psychology

Faith Brennan is the 2020 Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor of the Year

Dr. Faith Brennan is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Phillip Popovich in the Department of Neuroscience. Since joining the lab in 2016, Dr. Brennan has investigated the pathophysiology of traumatic spinal cord injury, with a particular interest in immune responses to neurotrauma. During her post-doctoral tenure, she has become a role model for more than a dozen other trainees and technical staff, several of whom expressed multiple ways in which Dr. Brennan demonstrates outstanding leadership, management, communication skills, and selfless devotion to supporting others.

Dr. Brennan received a PhD from the University of Queensland (Australia), where she won the 2015 Dean’s award for Outstanding PhD thesis. Her post-doctoral research at OSU is supported by fellowships from the Craig H. Neilsen foundation and the Wings for Life Spinal Research Foundation. Dr. Brennan served as chair of the post-doctoral association’s international committee until 2019.

2020 Nominees

  • Ahmed Abdelhamid, Food Science and Technology
  • Adrienne Antonson, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
  • Lawrence Ball, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
  • Jenny Barker, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Lisa Barrow, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • Sara Elgamal, Internal Medicine
  • Johnny Greco, Physics
  • Christopher Grieco, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Norman Groves, Molecular Genetics
  • Kristyn Gumpper, Internal Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Joanna Hodges, Human Sciences
  • Megan Kemski, Food Science and Technology
  • Melanie Krook, Clinical and Translational Science, Internal Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Ashish Manandhar, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Kattia Palacio-López, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • Japan Patel, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Kayla Perry, Entomology
  • Eric Piechota, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Simon Power, School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Marcos Rivera, Office of Student Academic Success
  • Veronica Roman-Reyna, Plant Pathology
  • Suyog Shrestha, Physics
  • Rajni Shukla, Microbial Infection and Immunity
  • Kristina Slagle, School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ashley Staples, Educational Studies
  • Terrin Tamati, Otolaryngology
  • Sriram Vijayan, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Xiaoying Zhao, Food Science and Technology

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, Entomology
  • 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