Mentoring Award Committee


The selection committee will evaluate the letters of nominations and the letters in support of nomination and will supplement the submited materials with a recent CV or resume and a biographical sketch of the candidate, obtained through the Director's Office. All materials will be confidential.

The committee will provide the Director's Office with a recommendation of one individual to receive the Excellence in Mentoring Award. The award will be presented at a ceremony.

In addition to recommending an award recipient to the Observatory Director, the selection committee will also:

-consider mentoring at the Observatory in a broad sense, and make recommendations to the Director about how to improve mentoring at the Observatory,

-plan an event that highlights the importance of mentoring to accompany the award ceremony, and

-recommend to the Observatory Director new committee members for the following year.


2015 Membership

  • Kuheli Dutt - Co-Chair

–   Lamont Research Professors

  •  Mingfang Ting

– 1 Representative from CIESIN

  • Malanding Jaiteh

 – 1 Representative from IRI

  • Katia Fernandes

–   Staff Associate

  • Nicole Anest

1 Postdoctoral Research Scientist:

  • Roger Fu

– 2 Graduate Students:

  • Sophia Brumer
  • Dan Sousa

– Committee Member:

  • Bärbel Hönisch

– Award recipients from each of the previous 2 years:

  • Natalie Boelman, 2015 recipient
  • Gisele Wincker, 2015 recipient
Kuheli Dutt is a non-voting Ex-officio member of the Award committee representing the Office of Academic Affairs & Diversity.  The Office of Academic Affairs & Diversity has been established within the LDEO Directorate to develop policies that not only promote diversity among the scientific staff but also ensure the integrity of academic processes. Accordingly, there is participation from this office in all key LDEO processes pertaining to the appointment, advancement, and retention of the scientific staff. This includes governance, promotions, appointments, and awards committees.

In years where award recipients from the previous two years are not available to serve on the selection committee, these positions will be filled by appointment of the Observatory Director.

In the years when appropriate, the committee will add members from the technical and/or administrative staff.

Committee members will be asked to serve for a term of two or three years, at the discretion of the Observatory Director.