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The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award honors faculty members whose distinguished careers have resulted in the mentoring of individuals who have gone on to have their own distinguished careers. In its broadest sense, mentoring is meant to include research training, classroom teaching, clinical training, and faculty career development. The Distinguished Mentor Lecture is given by an eminent person in a field related to the career interests of the award recipient.
The 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF).
2016 Distinguished Mentor Awardee: Dr. John E. Donelson, PhDDr. Donelson, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, has an outstanding record of mentoring trainees, faculty and staff at all levels. By his example, and with his guidance and leadership, he has influenced the lives and careers of many scientists and physicians at Iowa and beyond.
2016 Distinguished Mentor's Lecturer: Dr. Thomas R. Cech, PhDDr. Cech is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, HHMI Investigator and received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989 for his discovery of catalytic properties of RNA.
Candidates for the Distinguished Mentor Award should be outstanding mentors whose mentees have gone on to distinguished careers of their own. Candidates should have spent a significant portion of their career at Iowa. Candidates may include: a) Mentors who have finished their active careers or achieved emeritus status, or b) Senior active faculty who have already made a substantial impact in the training of individuals who have gone on to success as independent faculty members. Candidates should be known for their collegiality, dedication to their profession, and the betterment of the Carver College of Medicine and the University of Iowa.
UI Carver College of Medicine faculty, staff and alumni may submit nominations. Complete nominations should include: a letter outlining the rationale for the nomination, the nominee's curriculum vitae, a list of former trainees, and up to ten supporting letters from colleagues and former trainees.
Nominations will remain active for three years. Nominators may update previous nominations that are still active. Please send all nominations to Angie Robertson.
The deadline for the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award nominations is July 31, 2016.
The Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor's Lecture are made possible through a generous gift from Daryl Granner, 58BA, 62MS, 62MD, and Nancy Granner, 58BA. Dr. Granner is a distinguished almunus, Professor Emeritus, and Founding Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, UI Carver College of Medicine.
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