Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award

The Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award is awarded on an annual basis to faculty members who excel in the mentoring of postdoctoral scholars. A good mentor not only teaches their mentees but also serves as an advocate, advisor and positive role model during the period of direct training and most often, in the following years.


Nominations must be made by a postdoctoral scholar at UB or Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and are limited to one nomination per postdoc, per year. Postdocs who have moved to their next position may submit for up to one additional year. Nominations will be collected in the fall semester and winners will be selected in the spring semester. Nominators wishing to nominate the same mentor (e.g., postdocs in the same lab) are welcome to coordinate their nominations, but each person should submit their own letter of nomination.

The nomination period is closed.

Thank you for your nominations. Check back in fall 2024 for the next nomination cycle.

Eligibility, Criteria and Selection

A nominee must be a faculty member of the University at Buffalo. Awardees are not eligible to receive the Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award more than once.

The Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award recognizes mentors who excel in the mentoring of postdoctoral scholars through support, encouragement and promotion of your research training, professional and personal development, and career goals.

Mentoring Excellence Categories

Professional Preparation

  • Provides career guidance to mentee and encourages career development awareness.
  • Promotes responsible conduct of research and articulates expectations clearly.
  • Advocates for postdoctoral welfare and training.

Fostering Independence

  • Balances sufficient supervision with freedom for mentee to develop independence.
  • Facilitates introduction of mentees to others in their field.

Beyond the Postdoc

  • Represents a positive role model and provides intellectual leadership.
  • Is supportive, encouraging and enthusiastic.
  • Is approachable and understanding, with a genuine interest in the welfare (scientific and otherwise) of the mentee.

Postdocs will be asked to identify the categories in which the nominee excels as a postdoc mentor. Nominations are not limited to the categories above, but must include one or more specific examples of how the nominee has provided you personally with excellent mentoring in each category selected. Nominators are encouraged to prepare responses in a separate document, and copy/paste their prepared text onto the online nomination form.

The recipient of the award will be chosen by the Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award Selection Committee, which will consist of faculty and postdocs.


Year Winner
2023 Paul Cullen Biological Sciences
2022 Steven Fliesler Ophthalmology
2021 R. Lorraine Collins Community Health and Health Behavior

Maria Testa

Samina Raja


Urban and Regional Planning


Omer Gokcumen

David A. Kofke

Biological Sciences

Chemical and Biological Engineering

2018 Peter F. Biehl
2017 Gregory G. Homish Community Health and Health Behavior
2017 Wenyao Xu
Computer Science and Engineering
2016 Mira Edgerton Oral Biology
2015 Greg A. Valentine
Richard J. Salvi
Communicative Disorders and Sciences
2013 M. Laura Feltri
2012 Marilyn E. Morris Pharmaceutical Sciences
2011 Margarita L. Dubocovich
Pharmacology and Toxicology
2010 Laurie K. Read
Microbiology and Immunology
2009 Philip Coppens Chemistry