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Note: The winners of the 2018 Postdoctoral scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring will be announced at the postdoc networking event May 31st. 

Award announcement

This award recognizes postdoctoral fellows’ efforts in mentoring other postdocs in research projects and/or career development. These efforts help to promote a vibrant, collaborative research community at BWH.

The BWH Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Mentoring Circles Program (MCP) and the Office of Research Carrers (ORC) are seeking nominations for exceptional BWH postdoctoral fellows who dedicate time and energy to mentoring fellow postdocs. Nomination is simple. Write a statement of support that gives an example (or many) of how this postdoc has impacted you as a mentor. Nominations must be submitted by a current BWH postdoc and should be no longer than 500 words.

The Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring will be awarded annually to the BWH postdoctoral fellows who best exemplify the role of mentors and who have provided exceptional mentoring to one or more BWH postdocs. Both Faculty and postdocs can nominate.


Award criteria

Recipients of this award are BWH postdoctoral fellows who have extraordinary records of excellence and effectiveness in activities such as:

  • helping with the academic, personal, and professional goals and needs of postdocs;
  • recognizing that there are multiple career options available for postdoctoral appointees and providing assistance in exploring appropriate options;
  • connecting postdocs to appropriate intellectual and professional networks;
  • guiding postdocs toward intellectual and professional independence;
  • sharing career experiences, challenges, or opportunities with the aim of developing mentees’ self-confidence, leadership, communication skills, and professionalism;
  • and helping young scientists to create individual development plans for their professional careers.

The Award

Two winners will receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishments in mentoring from the MCP and ORC, and will be recognized at the annual Mentoring Circles Program Celebration sponsored by the BWH PDA and ORC on May 25th, 2018. In addition, these individuals will be awarded a travel grant of $1,000 sponsored by the ORC and Brigham Research Institute (BRI). 

The award is open to current BWH postdoctoral fellows who mentor BWH postdoctoral appointee(s). (Note that participation as a mentor in the MCP is not a prerequisite for eligibility.)

Award Process

A committee assembled by the MCP and ORC will review the nominations and select the postdoctoral fellows who are judged to have had the greatest positive impact on other postdocs. The committee will be blinded from names of the nominees and will judge according to the nomination letter. Final selections will be announced at the annual Mentoring Circles Program Celebration.

Nomination Procedure

Postdoc candidates for this award must be nominated by members of the BWH postdoctoral community.  All BWH postdoctoral appointees are eligible to submit up to one nomination per year. A candidate may be nominated by multiple postdocs, which will weigh favorably into award candidacy. Self-nomination is not allowed. If you qualify for the award, please encourage your postdoctoral mentees to nominate you.

To nominate a postdoc, postdoctoral appointees should write a letter that provides the following information:

  1. Name, Department, and email address of postdoctoral appointee and relationship to the nominee
  2. Name and Department of postdoctoral nominee
  3. A brief statement (250-500 words) of the postdoctoral fellow’s mentoring and its impact on the postdoctoral appointee’s development. Mentoring can relate to research design and progress, career and professional advice, personal guidance, and/or other aspects of a postdoctoral appointee’s development. The statement may also include descriptive accounts of how the nominee has served as a mentor for postdocs generally, and other mentoring examples as appropriate.

Letters should be submitted electronically to the PDA by email to no later than April 20th, 2018. The subject field of the message should include the phrase “Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring”. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact us at


Past Winners:

The 2017 inaugural recipients of the Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring are Afsoon Fallahi, PhD and Felipe von Glehn, MD, PhD! We thank them for their outstanding efforts in the mentoring of fellow postdocs.

MCP Co-Directors presented awards for the Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring. 2017 Inaugural recipients are Afsoon Fallahi, PhD and Felipe von Glehn, MD, PhD.

Afsoon Fallahi received her PhD degree in Polymer Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran in 2014 with a focus on development of novel semicondcutive and ambipolar polymers for flexible electronics applications. She joined the Khademhosseini lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard-Wyss Institute in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow to integrate her knowledge with tissue engineering and biomaterials. Her research interests are flexible electronics, artificial muscles and the effect of conductive polymers in muscle and heart tissue engineering.

Felipe von Glehn received his MD degree in Brazil, starting his career in Neurology at the University of Campinas. After residency, following his passion for research and teaching, he completed a MSc and PhD in neuroimmunology. During these years, he had the opportunity to provide clinical care to patients, supervise trainees in clinical neurology, and conduct research on Multiple Sclerosis, enhancing knowledge and the quality of patient care at the University of Campinas. In 2013, he started working at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is studying the role of auto-reactive B-cells in the pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis under the supervision of Clare Baecher-Allan PhD.

Learn more about the Mentoring Circles Program.

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