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KU School of Medicine Executive Dean's Mentoring Awards

Each year, the Executive Dean presents these prestigious awards to individuals who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to mentoring junior faculty, learners, residents and post-doctoral students.

About the Distinguished Mentoring Awards

Nominated by their colleagues and learners, the Distinguished Mentoring Awards are given to deserving individuals to recognize the vital role that mentoring plays in developing the next generation of medical educators. The awards are presented at the Annual Faculty Retreat.

The Awards:

Learn about each of the Executive Dean's Distinguished Mentoring Awards below. Review the 2024 Mentoring Awards Criteria and Descriptions (.pdf) for specifics regarding eligibility criteria and required application materials for each award.

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Mentoring Awards. Submit a nomination via the REDCap form. Nominations will close on Friday, June 28, 2024 @ 5:00pm. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Downs/Hamilton Award
  • The School of Medicine is pleased to announce this new award added in 2024. The Downs/Hamilton Award was created to honor Bette Hamilton who worked on biological research with Cora "Doc" Downs, PhD at KU. The intent of this award is to support women in medical research who are also mentoring female students/residents in their research. 
  • This award is reserved for a female principal investigator who is mentoring a female student/resident. The female faculty member should be involved in innovative biological science research at The University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Rolfe A. Becker, MD and Sylvia Becker Mentoring Award
  • This award seeks to recognize outstanding mentorship of learners (medical students, residents, and/or fellows) and to support efforts for enhanced mentorship. Award recipients receive $1500 in funding to be spent on mentorship activities. 
  • Up to three awards will be given out, with one award given to a faculty member from the Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina campuses respectively. 
Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award - "The Jayhawk"
  • This award is recognizes individuals who have achieved Professor rank and have worked at the KUMC School of Medicine for over 20 years. During that time they must have demonstrated a commitment to fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly, and professional growth of their junior faculty. 
Excellence in Mentoring Award
  • This award acknowledges the exceptional efforts of senior faculty members who ensure junior faculty achieve their full potential in the areas of service, research, and teaching
Honorary Mentoring Award
  • This award is a way to recognize outstanding mentors from outside the KUMC SOM community.
Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
  • This award provides residents (current or alumni) a way to honor faculty mentors who embodied the spirit of mentorship during their residency. This award recognizes the commitments made by faculty members and the dedication to their mentees to reach success in their chosen field or specialty.
Achievement Award for Mentoring Post-docs
  • This award provides post-doctoral fellows (current or alumni) a way to honor faculty mentors who embodied the spirit of mentorship during their post-doc programs. This award recognizes the commitments made by faculty members and the dedication to their mentees to reach success in their chosen field.

Recognition of Honorees

Honorees receive membership to the KU School of Medicine Distinguished Mentors, recognition at the Annual Faculty Retreat and a $5000 financial award (Downs/Hamilton awardee and her mentee), $1,500 in funding (given to recipients of the Rolfe A. Becker and Sylvia Becker Mentoring Award recipients), or a $1,500 financial award (given to Lifetime Achievemnet, Excellence in Mentoring, Honorary Mentoring, Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents/Post-Docs recipients)

Submit a 2024 Executive Dean's Mentoring Award nomination today!

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Mentoring Awards. Submit a nomination via the REDCap form. Nominations will close on Friday, June 28, 2024 @ 5:00pm.

Review the 2024 Mentoring Awards Criteria and Descriptions (.pdf)for detailed nomination information and specific award criteria. 

Contact Elizabeth Harner with nomination questions. 

Previous Honorees

  • 2023
    • Faith Buter, M.D., 2023 Rolfe A. Becker, M.D. and Sylvia Becker Mentoring Award
    • Joel Hake, M.D., 2023 Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
    • Joseph McGuirk, D.O., 2023 Excellence in Mentoring Award
    • Michael Soares, Ph.D., 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award - "The Jayhawk"
  • 2022 (PDF)
    • Margaret Smith, M.D., 2022 Rolfe A. Becker, M.D. and Sylvia Becker Mentoring Award
    • Leigh Eck, M.D., 2022 Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
    • Megha Ramaswamy, Ph.D., 2022 Excellence in Mentoring
    • Martha Barnard, Ph.D., 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award - "The Jayhawk"
  • 2021 (PDF)
    • Andrew Godwin, Ph.D., 2021 Excellence Award in Mentoring
    • Kelsie Kelly, M.D., MPH, 2021 Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
  • 2020 (PDF)
    • Glen Cox, M.D., MHSA, MBA, 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award - "The Jayhawk"
    • Kim Kimminau, Ph.D., MA, 2020 Excellence in Mentoring Award
    • Moben Mirza, M.D., 2020 Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
    • Wendi Born, Ph.D., 2020 Achievement Award for Mentoring Post-Docs
  • 2019 (PDF)
    • Dale Abrahamson, Ph.D., 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award - "The Jayhawk"
    • Steven Weinman, M.D., Ph.D., 2019 Excellence in Mentoring Award
    • David Lisbon, M.D., 2019 Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
  • 2018 (PDF)
    • Belinda Vail, M.D. 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award - "The Jayhawk"
    • Jeffrey Burns, M.D. 2018 Excellence in Mentoring Award
    • Kim Templeton, M.D., 2018 Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
    • Ryan Schroeder, PsyD, 2018 Achievement Award for Mentoring Post-Docs
  • 2017 (PDF)
    • Edward F. Ellerbeck, M.D., MPH, 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award - "The Jayhawk"
    • Alan Yu, MB, BChir, 2017 Excellence in Mentoring Award
    • Monica Kurylo, Ph.D., ABPP, 2017 Achievement Award for Mentoring Post-Docs
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