Research Awards

Annual Award for Excellence In Mentoring

Background

Mentoring is the foundation for the development of the next generation of scientists and health professionals. The Annual Award for Excellence in Mentoring has been designed to recognize outstanding performance in the mentoring of students in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

Basic science mentoring may be related to, but is perceived as differing from, classroom teaching, and it may be distinct and separable from the usual measures of research productivity. Clinical mentoring is more than knowledge-sharing and more active than role-modeling. It includes provision of support, encouragement, challenge and assistance in goal-setting and self-evaluation. It is a distinct form of education and more often a "personal" professional relationship. Mentoring may include support in relation to clinical research and quality improvement.

The usual measures of teaching excellence may not adequately capture the impact of such instruction and stimulated the creation of this recognition.


Award

Up to four awards are available, including:

  • Tier I Basic Science Mentoring Award.
  • Tier II Basic Science Mentoring Award.
  • Tier I Clinical Mentoring Award.
  • Tier II Clinical Mentoring Award.

A commemorative certificate and $500 will be presented to the faculty member(s) who have made outstanding contributions to the mentoring of trainees.


Eligibility

All academic and clinical staff in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta are eligible nominees. Candidates may not hold the award more than once.

  • Tier I Basic Science Mentoring Award: 15 years or more since first academic/clinical appointment.
  • Tier II Basic Science Mentoring Award: less than 15 years since first academic/clinical appointment.
  • Tier I Clinical Mentoring Award: 15 years or more since first academic/clinical appointment.
  • Tier II Clinical Mentoring Award: less than 15 years since first academic/clinical appointment.

Nomination Process

Deadline: Original copy of the nomination is to be submitted to the Office of Research, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, 2-13 HMRC by 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Faculty members are to be nominated by current or former students or fellows mentored by the nominee or be co-nominated by Department Chairs or Divisional Directors.

An application should include:

  • A one-page statement as to why the nominee qualifies for the award and identifying which category, with an emphasis on those essential and unique features of mentoring
  • A list of trainees trained by the nominee, their numbers of peer-reviewed publications, their significant awards/recognitions and their career paths
  • A current abbreviated CV for the nominee (Maximum 10 pages)
  • A poll of the views of a representative sample of trainees mentored. Collection of statements should not exceed two pages (should also indicate who is being quoted)
  • Two letters of support from individuals previously or currently mentored by the nominee

Please do not include any additional material in this package.


Award Adjudication

Adjudication will be conducted by a committee chaired by the Vice-Dean, Research and the Associate Dean Research, Graduate Programs. The committee is made up of FoMD Associate Deans, previous winners of the awards and graduate coordinators.

Criteria for Assessment of Nominees:

  • Extent of mentoring in terms of time commitment
  • Apparent quality of the mentoring as judged by:
    • the impact statements from individuals mentored (current/former)
    • the achievements of those mentored, including publications, awards/recognitions, community contributions, teaching responsibilities and evaluations, and the career paths achieved
    • letters of support from individuals mentored (current/former)
    • the collegiality of the mentoring experience and the desirable characteristics of the mentoring environment (assessed from statements of support)

If you require further information, please contact:

Jen Freund
Office of Research
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
2-13 Heritage Medical Research Centre
Tel: 780-492-9721
Email: fmdgrd@ualberta.ca