This award recognizes the importance of quality mentoring (science, technical or administrative), which benefits the institution as a whole, its junior members and the mentors themselves.
The award recipient will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a certificate. The recipient's name will be engraved on a plaque to be displayed at the Observatory.
Go to the Mentoring Award Committee web site to learn about the committee's charge and see the current membership.
Awardee: Robert Newton, Research Scientist, Geochemistry, LDEO.
Nominees: Laia Andreu Hayles, Louise Bolge, Arlene Fiore, Jim Gaherty, Robert Newton, Steve Goldstein, Andy Juhl, Heather Savage, Jason Smerdon, LDEO; Elisabeth Sydor, Xiaoshi Xing, CEISIN.
Nominees: Xiaoshi Xing, CIESIN; Alessandra Giannini, IRI; Natalie Boelman, Louise Bolge, Wallace Broecker, Steven Goldstein, Robert Newton, Pratigya Polissar, David Walker, Gisela Winckler, LDEO.
Honorable Mention: Natalie Boelman, Sidney Hemming, Peter Kelemen, Gisele Winckler, LDEO.
Special Mention: Mark Becker, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).
Nominees: Robert F. Anderson, Louise Bolge, Merry (Yue) Cai, Jean Hanley, Bärbel Hönisch, Susanne Straub, LDEO.
Nominees: Bärbel Hönisch, Joerg M. Schaefer, Catherine Tozer, LDEO.
Nominees: Nick Christie-Blick, Ed Cook, Sidney R. Hemming, Juerg Matter, Naomi Naik, Adam Sobel, Maya Tolstoy, LDEO.
Nominees: NIcholas Christie-Blick, Alexey Kaplan, Douglas Martinson, Juerg Matter, LDEO.
Nominees: Beate Liepert, Marc W. Spiegelman, Bruno Tremblay, LDEO.
Nominees: Bruno Tremblay, Kevin L. Griffin, Marc Spiegelman, LDEO.
Nominees: Robert F. Anderson, Marc W. Spiegelman, Dale Chayes, Jean Lynch-Stieglitz, Robin Bell, Bruno Tremblay, Kevin L. Griffin, LDEO.
Nominees: Robert F. Anderson, Gordon C. Jacoby, Marc W. Spigelman, Jean Lynch-Stieglitz, Bill Ryan, Robin Bell, Marc Levy, LDEO.
Nominees: Robert F. Anderson, Robin Bell, Mark Cane, Peter DeMenocal, Sidney R. Hemming, Alexey Kaplan, Bill Menke, Bill Ryan, Chris Scholz, Marc W. Spiegelman, Martin Visbeck, LDEO.
I. Selection Criterion
The sole criterion for the award is excellence in mentoring. The following are just some of the qualities that can contribute to good mentoring. A candidate need not have all of these qualities to be considered an excellent mentor.
II. Selection Process
Nominators should submit a letter of nomination (not to exceed 2 pages) describing how the nominee has been instrumental in supporting, encouraging and promoting their professional development. Nominators are encouraged to cite as many specific examples as possible. Renominations are encouraged.
Nominators are encouraged to solicit letters in support of the nomination from members of the Observatory who have been directly mentored by the nominee within the last two years. The nominator may also solicit letters of support from persons outside the Observatory who, within the past two years, were mentored by the nominee while in residence at the Observatory. Letters of support should not exceed 2 pages each. Letters of support containing substantive statements about the nominee's mentoring abilities and style (see section I) will be most helpful to the selection committee. Letters of support are not required for full consideration of a nominee, but will likely strengthen his or her case.
All materials will be confidential. The selection committee will evaluate the submitted letters and provide the Observatory Director with a recommendation of one individual to receive the award. All nominees will be recognized at the award ceremony.
IV. The Award Selection Committee
The selection committee is composed of 2 members of the LDEO Scientific Staff, 1 Postdoc, 2 Graduate Students, 1 representative from CIESIN, 1 representative from IRI, and award recipients from each of the previous two years. To see this year's committee membership and learn more about the committee's charge, go to the Mentoring Award Committee web site.