Distinguished Faculty and Staff Postdoc Mentoring Awards

Distinguished Faculty and Staff Postdoc Mentoring Awards

The Distinguished Faculty and Staff Postdoc Mentoring Awards (previously the Postdoc Mentoring Awards) recognize faculty on the UW-Madison campus that contribute their time, knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm to mentoring and advancing postdocs in their labs. Faculty are nominated by current or former postdocs, and each year we receive numerous nominations from postdocs seeking to recognize the outstanding mentoring they receive. Every year, we can only select a few of the of the outstanding nominations to receive the award, but are grateful for all the work the faculty at UW-Madison engage in with postdocs that makes UW-Madison an excellent place to work and develop. Click through the links below to see the list of award winners from previous years. Faculty will be listed with their degree, and department as of 2024.

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2024 Awardees

Holly K. Gibbs, PhD

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Department of Geography, and an Affiliate of the Energy and Analysis program


Beth Fields, PhD



Mark J. Renz, PhD 

Plant & Agroecosystem Sciences


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2023 Awardees

Jayshree Samanta, PhD

Comparative Biosciences


Snežana Stanimirović, PhD



Susan Thibeault, Surgery, PhD CCC–SLP



2022 Awardees

Richard Lindroth, PhD

Professor of Entomology

Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Cynthia Kelm-Nelson, PhD

Associate Scientist, Department of Surgery

2021 Awardees

Samuel Pazicni, PhD

Professor of Chemistry

Stacey M. Schaefer, PhD

Associate Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds

Paul Stoy

Professor of Biological Systems Engineering

2020 Awardees

Jean-Michel Ané, PhD

Professor of Bacteriology and Agronomy

Hannah Carey, PhD

Professor of Comparative Biosciences

Rebecca Larson, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Danielle McCarthy, PhD

Professor of Medicine

2019 Awardees

Alessandro Senes, PhD

Department of Biochemistry

Mostafa Zamanian, PhD

Department of Pathobiological Sciences

Mitra Sharafi, PhD

Law School, Department of History

Darryl Thelen, PhD

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Claudio Gratton, PhD

Department of Entomology

2018 Awardees

Andrew Alexander, PhD

Departments of Medical Phsyics and Psychiatry

Dane Cook, PhD

Departments of Kinesiology and Exercise Psychology

Erica Hlverson, PhD

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

2017 Awardees

Bruce Barrette, MD, PhD

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Randall Kimple, MD, PhD

Department of Human Oncology

Michelle Ciucci, PhD

Departments of Surgery and Communication Sciences

Anthony Stretton, PhD

Department of Integrative Biology

Patricia McManus, PhD

Chair – Plant Pathology

2016 Awardees

Simon Gilroy, PhD

Department of Botany

Ive Hermans, PhD

Department of Chemistry, Wisconsin Energy Institute

Jan S. Greenberg, PhD

School of Social Work

2015 Awardees

Marsha Mailick, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

Troy Runge, PhD

Biological Systems Engineering

Paul Terry, PhD

Department of Physics

David Gamm, MD, PhD

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Waisman Center

Stephanie Robert, MSW, PhD

Director – School of Social Work

2024 Celebration of Postdoc Excellence

May 17th, 2024 from 5-8 pm

The Distinguished Faculty Postdoc Mentoring Awards will be publicly announced at this event.

This event will be held in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union

2024 Distinguished Faculty and Staff Postdoc Mentoring Awards

Submit your nominations for this year’s Distinguished Faculty Postdoc Mentoring Award!

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Postdoctoral Association (UWPA) is soliciting nominations for its 2024 Distinguished Faculty Postdoc Mentoring Awards. The awards were established to encourage and reward excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in the mentoring of UW-Madison postdocs. Winners of the 2024 Distinguished Faculty Postdoc Mentoring Award will be recognized at the UWPA Celebration of Postdoc Excellence in May 2024. Click here to submit a nomination letter (2 page maximum). You can view the rubric for nomination judging here.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 5 PM, March 31st, 2024. Questions? Contact the UWPA Postdoc Awards Committee (uwpa@postdoc.wisc.edu)