Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award

Established in 2009, 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, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Research Institute on Addictions, or Hauptman-Woodward Institute, and are limited to one nomination per postdoc, per year. Nominations will be collected in the fall semester and winners will be selected in the spring semester.

The nomination period is now closed.

Thank you for your nominations. Read about our most recent award winner.

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 in consecutive years. The following attributes will be considered in the selection of award recipients:

  • 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
  • Provides career guidance to mentee and encourages career development awareness.
  • Balances sufficient supervision with freedom for mentee to develop independence.
  • Promotes responsible conduct of research and articulates expectations clearly.
  • Facilitates introduction of mentees to others in their field.
  • Advocates for postdoctoral welfare and training.

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
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