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Best Postdoc Mentor Award

Winner announced!

Congratulations to  Isha Sharma from Northwestern University, United States!

Dr Sharma has been awarded a $1000 research grant for her outstanding mentorship in the lab.

"I am overwhelmed to receive best post doc mentor award. Blessed to receive all love and appreciation from peers as well as from my juniors. Thanks a lot.

Thank you so much Proteintech for giving me this recognition. This award boosted my morals. Certainly its going to propels me to become better version of myself. I never knew that so many people out there support and admire me because of my mentorship."

- Isha Sharma

Isha Sharma's nomination:

“I was astonished to see her warm and helping nature. I think that it’s quite difficult to find people who help me to establish myself and start my project as overseas student. I had some language problems in the beginning, she treated me very patiently. I remember I had trouble in finding chemicals and antibodies, and placing orders in the first two months, she literally taught me hand by hand.” Fei (Northwestern University)

Thank you to everyone who participated in this years award.

2019 finalists!
  • Alexandria Holland (University of Nottingham)
  • Piotr Przanowski (University of Virginia)
  • Nicole Bertoletti (Yale University)
  • Daniel Lam (Technical University of Munich)
  • Isha Sharma (Northwestern University)

Read more about the 5 finalists and their positive impact in the lab below.

Alexandria Holland (University of Nottingham)

“The lab has been a complete joy since she arrived. I always feel I can ask her for help or advice and she always has a suggestion ready. She is such a positive force and I really enjoy coming into University to see her. I can’t imagine our lab or office without her and the environment since she joined has been undoubtedly better. She motivates us all to become better researchers and people.” Rowan (University of Nottingham)

Piotr Przanowski (University of Virginia)

“Over last 3 years at UVA he mentored more than 10 undergraduate students and 2 master students. His dedication to “not only learn but also teach” is exquisite. All of his students who already graduated, started medical or graduate school. During the training Dr. Przanowski focuses on teaching not only basic techniques, like cloning, cell culture or mice handling, but also critical scientific thinking. His students got awarded for science projects conducted under his mentoring (i.e. The Double Hoo Research Grant, The Harrison Undergraduate Research Award). They are also authors of multiple scientific articles.” Roza (University of Virginia)

Nicole Bertoletti (Yale University)

“For the past year I have had the pleasure of working with Nicole Bertoletti in the lab and, as an undergraduate researcher, I am grateful to have Nicole as a mentor. She is a passionate and patient scientist and teacher who takes the time to address any questions that I have in lab and offer advice on my project. I appreciate how she encourages me to figure out concepts on my own, nudging me in the right direction whenever needed, rather than telling me what they are. As soon as I joined the lab, Nicole reached out and offered her support as a mentor whom I could refer to for help, making my transition to the lab much easier. Experiences like this over the past year have helped me to become more confident in the lab and a more independent scientist.” Brandon (Yale University)

Daniel Lam (Technical University of Munich)

“After my graduation, I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to take; I was unfocused and uninspired. After working with Daniel, I was inspired to pursue a PhD and I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Miami. He broadened my knowledge of neuroscience while encouraging questions, and trained me thoroughly and respectfully. The techniques he taught me have undoubtedly contributed to my own accomplishments, efficiency, and success in graduate school. His positive reinforcement in the workplace gave me more confidence in myself and in my research. Without his fantastic mentorship, I would not have pursued a PhD. There is no one more deserving of this award than Daniel.” Melanie (University of Miami)

Best Postdoc Mentor Award 2019 - Nominate your postdoc mentor to win $1000 towards their research.

In recognition of the critically important role that mentors play in supporting and helping postdoctoral research, Proteintech is offering one  $1000 reward for outstanding mentorship. The winner will also receive a Proteintech 'Best mentor' mug.

Terms and Conditions apply.*  Sign up to the  Proteintech e-newsletter  for updates.

Open for nominations June 10 2019
End of nomination period July 10 2019 - Extended to July 12!
Finalist announcement and start of the voting period July 17 2019
End of voting July 31 2019
Winner announcement August 5 2019

Nominees must be based in a research lab in a University or research Institution. 

Who can nominate?

Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students are invited to nominate a distinguished mentor who has positively influenced their development as a researcher.

Researchers nominating their mentors are to submit the short nomination form including a 250-word summary explaining why they feel this mentor deserves the award.

The Voting process

5 candidates will be shortlisted by the Proteintech judging panel. The winner will be the nominee who receives the most public votes.

Best Postdoc Mentor Award Hall of Fame

Congratulations to all past winners of the Best Postdoc Mentor Award! Each winner received a $1000 reward for their outstanding mentorship in the lab.

2018 Winner

Dr. Callie Kwartler 

University of Texas Houston, United States

“Her ability to juggle her own projects as well as advise on other projects is admirable and demonstrates qualities of a PI. She has challenged me as a PhD student to approach questions and data in different ways. She provides a positive learning environment where I can hone my research skills and become a great scientist. Dr Kwartler has provided mentorship and guidance in balancing professional and personal life. When I joined the lab a year ago my house flooded during Hurricane Harvey, she helped me find stability in balancing work and the move out of my house. She has been a constant support throughout the year as both a mentor and a friend and I strive to become a mentor like her in the future.”

- Statement from Jamie Wright (University of Texas Houston Medical School)

2017 Winner

Dr. Janet Kumita

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

I am continually amazed by her efforts, and cannot think of another person more deserving of this recognition. As stated in the introduction for this award, “many critical mentors in science go unheralded.” Janet does not take on the vast responsibilities that come with playing a key role in managing an entire Centre on top of mentoring many researchers to get recognition, but I am certain there is no one in the Centre who does not appreciate and respect all that Janet does for us. Our Centre is undoubtedly a better place because of Dr. Kumita, and we are all most fortunate and grateful for her guidance.

- Statement from Ryan Limbocker, University of Cambridge 

2016 Winner

Dr. Joshua Morgan

University of Delaware, United States

Josh consistently bolsters the quality of work and scientific questioning, student motivation, and collaborative atmosphere among every lab in the department, and he deserves to be recognized for his contributions. Talking to Josh when grad school is downright discouraging helps to remind me that I love research, and I wouldn’t rather do anything else. His mentoring has inspired me to be a better mentor to my undergrads and to younger grad students in the department.

- Statement from Jilian Melamed, University of Delaware.

Terms and Conditions

  • Only nominators from Universities and Research Institutions are eligible to take part in this competition.

  • Nominees must be based in a University Institution or research lab in the US or Europe.

  • All Winners agree to the use of their names and likenesses in publicity without notice or any additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By entering this contest, the winners acknowledge that Proteintech has the right to publicize and broadcast their name, voice, and likeness, the fact that they won, and all matters incidental thereto. These activities may include the following: An interview, featuring on Proteintech blog/website, and associated press releases.

  • Any applications submitted after this date will not be eligible.

  • Nominators can only enter one nominee. Any further entries will not be eligible. Nominators must complete the application form in full.

  • The winner will be decided by a public voting process once Proteintech Group has shortlisted the entries. The shortlist of nominees will be made at Proteintech Group’s discretion.

  • The $1000 award (or local currency equivalent) will be paid to the University laboratory or Research Institution to support the research of the awardee.

  • Award will not be awarded to employees of for-profit organizations (i.e. biotech or pharmacological companies).

  • The finalists will be contacted by email and also announced online.

  • By submitting this application, you agree to receive information from Proteintech. Your information will never be sold or used by a third party.

  • Proteintech has the right to terminate this award at any time during the process.

  • During voting process, each participant may only vote once per day.

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