Excellence in Mentoring Award

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.

As of 2019 there will be two awards: i) Scientific mentoring; and ii) Technical/administrative mentoring. Each 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 Scientific Category: Dallas Abbott, Marine Geology and Geophysics, LDEO

Awardee Technical/Administrative Category: Nichole Anest, Biology and Paleo Environment, LDEO

Nominees Scientific Category: Dallas Abbott, Roger Buck, William D'Andrea, Park Williams, LDEO
Awardee Scientific Category: Jerry McManus, Geochemistry, LDEO
Awardee Technical/Administrative Category: Jean Hanley, Geochemistry, LDEO
Nominees Scientific Category: Michael Kaplan, Jerry McManusPark Williams, LDEO
Nominees Technical/Administrative Category: Nichole Anest, Jean Hanley, Naomi Manahan, LDEO
Awardee: Jason Smerdon, Ocean Climate and Physics, LDEO
Nominees: Kevin Griffin, Jean Hanley, Jason Smerdon, LDEO
Awardee: Arlene Fiore, Professor, DEES
Nominees: Solange Duhamel, LDEO; Arlene Fiore, DEES; Joaquim Goes, David Goldberg, Jerry McManus, Richard Seager, Jason Smerdon, and Mingfang Ting, LDEO.
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.
Awardee: Natalie Boelman, Biology and Paleo Environment and Gisela Winckler, Geochemistry, LDEO.
Nominees: Xiaoshi Xing, CIESIN; Alessandra Giannini, IRI; Natalie Boelman, Louise Bolge, Wallace Broecker, Steven Goldstein, Robert Newton, Pratigya Polissar, David Walker, Gisela Winckler, LDEO.
Awardee: Daniel Osgood, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI).
Honorable Mention: Natalie Boelman, Sidney Hemming, Peter Kelemen, Gisela Winckler, LDEO.
Special Mention: Mark Becker, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).
Nominees: Mark Becker, CIESIN; Pietro Ceccato, Daniel  Osgood, IRI;  Michela Biasutti, Natalie Boelman, Louise Bolge, Wallace Broecker, Sidney Hemming, Peter Kelemen, Yochanan Kushnir, Gisela Winckler, LDEO.
Awardee: Bärbel Hönisch, Geochemistry, LDEO.
Nominees: Robert Anderson, Louise Bolge, Merry (Yue) Cai, Jean Hanley, Bärbel Hönisch, Susanne Straub, LDEO.
Awardee: Joerg Schaefer, Geochemistry, LDEO.
Nominees: Bärbel Hönisch, Joerg Schaefer, Catherine Tozer, LDEO.


Awardee: Adam Sobel, Ocean and Climate Physics, LDEO.
Nominees: Nicholas Christie-Blick, Edward Cook, Sidney Hemming, Juerg Matter, Naomi Naik, Adam Sobel, Maya Tolstoy, LDEO

Awardee: Alexey Kaplan, Ocean and Climate Physics, LDEO
Nominees: Nicholas Christie-Blick, Alexey Kaplan, Douglas Martinson, Juerg Matter, LDEO.

Awardee: Marc Spiegelman, Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, LDEO.
Nominees: Beate Liepert, Marc Spiegelman, Bruno Tremblay, LDEO.

Awardee: Kevin Griffin, Biology and Paleo Environment, LDEO.
Nominees: Bruno Tremblay, Kevin Griffin, Marc Spiegelman, LDEO.


Awardee: Robert Anderson, Geochemistry, LDEO.
Nominees: Robert  Anderson, Marc Spiegelman, Dale Chayes, Jean Lynch-Stieglitz, Robin Bell, Bruno Tremblay, Kevin Griffin, LDEO.

Awardee: Gordon Jacoby, Tree Ring Lab, LDEO.
Nominees: Robert Anderson, Gordon Jacoby, Marc  Spigelman, Jean Lynch-Stieglitz, Bill Ryan, Robin Bell, Marc Levy, LDEO.

Awardee: Sidney Hemming, Geochemistry, LDEO.
Nominees: Robert Anderson, Robin Bell, Mark Cane, Peter DeMenocal, Sidney Hemming, Alexey Kaplan,  Bill Menke, William Ryan, Chris Scholz, Marc 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.

  • provides intellectual leadership, by acting as an advisor or guide in research

  • develops an effective environment for research and scholarship

  • fosters the development of talents, for example research skills, teaching ability, presentation and writing skills, time management skills or the preparation of grant and fellowship applications

  • fosters the development of technical skills and provides crucial support and guidance for acquiring expertise in a specialized research environment, such as the laboratory, in the field, and on research cruises, etc.

  • acts as a successful professional role model

  • acts as an advocate and guide in administrative matters

  • promotes young scientists within the broader research community and helps young scientists develop a network of professional colleagues

  • advises young scientists regarding career options, including both academic and alternative career choices, and alerts young scientists to opportunities to enrich their careers

  • is supportive on both a professional and personal level

  • involves young scientists in the full range of the scientific process, from defining a problem to reporting results.

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 individuals who have been directly mentored by the nominee within the last two years.  The nominator may also solicit letters of support from persons outside Lamont, who, within the past two years, were mentored by the nominee at Lamont. 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. Note: In order to protect privacy and confidentiality, individual letters for each nominee must be submitted by the letter writer directly to the committee, and not as part of a larger dossier.

All materials will be confidential. The selection committee will evaluate the submitted letters and provide the Directorate with a recommendation of one individual in each category to receive the award.  The top three nominees will be recognized at the award ceremony.

III. Eligibility


All members of LDEO, IRI, and CIESIN, with at least 5 years of service (not including time as a graduate student) are eligible for the award. Past recipients of the award are eligible for re-nomination after 5 years.


All members of LDEO, IRI, and CIESIN  may submit nominations. Nominations may also be submitted by persons outside of these units who were members of these units within the past two years. Further, nominations may be submitted by individuals from related CU departments - e.g., Barnard, APAM, E3B, EEE - if they were mentored by a member of LDEO, IRI, or CIESIN.  The nominator must have been directly mentored by the nominee, but the nominee need not be the nominator's principal mentor. Each person may submit one nomination per year. There is no limit on the number of supporting letters an individual may submit.

Letters of nomination and letters of support will be kept on file for at least one year. If re-nominated, letters of support will be reused by default unless withdrawn or replaced by the author.  Further, if an individual is re-nominated more than once, the committee will review the three most recent nomination dossiers for that indivdual in the last five years.

Members of the selection committee may not submit nominations or supporting letters and are ineligible for the award during their time of service on the committee.

IV. The Award Selection Committee

To see this year's committee membership and learn more about the committee's charge, go to the Mentoring Award Committee web page.