SfRBM Mentoring Excellence Award

The SfRBM Mentoring Excellence Award will recognize outstanding mentorship provided by a current member of the SfRBM. The award recipient could be a junior, mid-career or senior principal investigator, who will be nominated by trainees of the SfRBM. The award would include:

  • $500 cash award
  • Waived registration to the SfRBM's 23rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA
  • Plaque presented at the Closing Banquet

Past Recipients

2016 Rakesh Patel, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
2015 Alvaro Estevez, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
2014 Ines Batinic-Haberle, Ph.D., Duke University
2014 Allan Butterfield, Ph.D., University of Kentucky


All principal investigator members of the SfRBM who have mentored at least 2 trainees into successful career transitions. Current members of the SfRBM Council are not eligible for this award. This award is given once in a lifetime. 


Trainees should submit a nomination letter (not to exceed 2 pages, using single-space, 10 pt Arial font with 1-inch margins all around) justifying their candidate’s excellence in mentorship.  Nominations will be handled in strict confidence. Trainees can nominate their own mentor or another professional mentor who has demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

  1. Mentor discusses the trainee's career goals and contributes to a career development plan
  2. Mentor provides constructive feedback on research progress and writing skills
  3. Mentor encourages the trainee to apply for grants and fellowships
  4. Mentor stimulates trainee participation in scientific meetings and training opportunities
  5. Mentor encourages the trainee to work on projects independently and creatively
  6. Mentor encourages the trainee to mentor those more junior than him/herself
  7. Mentor encourages the trainee to participate in professional associations
  8. Mentor facilitates networking with other researchers
  9. Mentor encourages the trainee to find a healthy balance between work and personal life
  10. Mentor supports the trainee at times where personal hurdles pose a threat to the trainee’s career progress
  11. Mentor fosters a work environment that is caring and respectful of everyone’s needs
  12. Mentor has a strong record of past trainees successfully advancing in their careers


Up to 5 letters (only the first 5 received will be judged if more are submitted) of recommendation from current or past trainees who remain at the trainee level at the time of nomination and a complete mentor activity form are required to be considered for the award. The letters of nomination must provide concise detail on how the mentor excels in the categories outlined above. Scoring will be favored to those mentors with a high level of training students vs. postdocs due to the commitment involved. The SfRBM trainee council will be responsible for the evaluation of candidates. The trainee council will notify the Professional Development Committee once a candidate has been selected for the award.

Completed submissions should be received by SfRBM no later than August 31, 2016. Emailed submissions are required and can be sent to