MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award


MICHR established this award in order to recognize and honor the efforts and accomplishments of faculty who demonstrate consistent, high quality research and career mentoring in areas of clinical and translational and health research.

The MICHR Mentor Award recognizes the value of mentoring to the University of Michigan in assisting early career investigators to reach across disciplinary boundaries in pursuit of science. It also recognizes the important role mentoring plays in ensuring the personal and professional development of a mentee. This award is part of MICHR's continuing efforts to foster a culture of mentoring, especially in the area of clinical and health research.

View the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Awardees

Eligibility: Nominees must be faculty who have a sustained track record at the University of Michigan* of successfully mentoring students, fellows and/or early career faculty. Nominees may come from any discipline in any school, department or program at the University of Michigan and need not have any affiliation with MICHR. Nominations are not limited by department or program. You are encouraged to identify faculty who guide students, fellows, and early career faculty throughout their professional training. The successful mentor serves as advisor, teacher, advocate, sponsor, colleague, and collaborator. Only one nomination packet per nominee will be considered by the Award Review Committee.

Award: The recipient will receive a plaque and letter of recognition, as well as access to a travel award for a mentee. The MICHR Mentor Council expects to make five awards, adding to the distinguished group of mentor awardees.

Selection Criteria: Nominees should be scholars with a demonstrated commitment to fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly, and professional growth of their students, fellows, and trainees. They should demonstrate consistent, high quality mentoring in clinical and translational research and be a demonstrated career mentor. Nominations should address the nominee’s contribution to mentoring at the University of Michigan. Review criteria will be based on four competencies (Supports a diverse workforce, Communications, Career Development, and Research)** and includes:

  • Supports a diverse set of mentees
    • For example: Evidence of supporting women and under-represented minorities*** in the health sciences.
  • Communication and relationship management
    • For example: Is an excellent listener, probes, and gives feedback.
  • Psychological support
    • For example: Through guidance and dialogue, enhances capacity of mentees to reflect on and improve relationships.
  • Career and professional development
    • For example: Provides guidance to help navigate academic/institutional environment and assists with expanding mentees’ professional network.
  • Professional enculturation and scientific inquiry
    • For example: Is a role model of ethical behavior and teaches the rules of science through lab and clinical research meetings.
  • Research development
    • For example: Assists mentee in designing and implementing a research plan.
  • Clinical and translational investigator development
    • For example: Models and advises mentee on building an effective multidisciplinary team.

The Award Review Committee is looking for nominations that demonstrate competency in all four competency areas.

More specific criteria can be found on the .pdf instructions

Nomination Process: Nominations may be submitted by any faculty member, fellow or graduate student at the university, and should be addressed to the Award Review Committee. All nominators should work with their department/program chair and/or associate dean in preparing their nomination package:

  • Online Nomination Form (the nomination form is available through Competition Space)
  • A one-page nomination letter explaining the reason for the nomination. What about the nominee's qualities and accomplishments that make the individual a superior choice for the award?
  • Letters of support which demonstrating the nominee’s significant contributions to mentoring. At least two of these letters must be from current and/or former mentees of the nominee. The letters of support should not exceed five pages.
  • A letter from a chair, associate dean, or senior colleague to address the nominee’s overall mentoring capabilities, not to exceed one page.
  • Nominee's CV.
  • A list of mentees, including: name of mentee, type of trainee, dates they were mentored, current position-title and location. This table is available for many faculty members through their administrative assistant or research administrator.

Deadline: March 1, 2016.

Nominations should be addressed to the Award Review Committee. Only one nomination packet per nominee will be considered by the Award Review Committee.

Questions? Contact MICHR-EDU@umich.edu

Selection: Selection of the awardees will be made by consensus of the MICHR Mentor Award Review Committee and the MICHR Director.

Announcement of the Award: The recipients will be announced in June 2016.

*A sustained track record would be associate level or above for tenure-track faculty, or at least ten years of mentoring experience for non-tenure track faculty.
**For more information on competencies for mentoring, please refer to “Deriving Competencies for Mentors of Clinical and Translational Scholars” by Abedin et al, CTS Journal, 2012:
***Women, under-represented minority (URM) populations, those with disabilities, those who identify as lesbian, gay, or transgender (LGBT), and those from backgrounds disadvantaged by socio-economic status, cultural or language barriers, or rural geography are all under-represented in the biomedical workforce. More information can be found on the NIH website

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