Call for Nominations: 14th Annual Mentorship Awards 2023

Children's National Research Institute at Children's National Hospital
Children's National Hospital

14th Annual Mentorship Awards 2023

Children's National Research Institute at Children's National Hospital

Mentorship is a critical determinant of a successful academic career. In recognition of the importance of mentorship, these three awards were established in 2009-10 in the fields of Basic/Translational Research, Clinical Research and Education.  The Elda Arce award has now replaced one of these awards. We ask that you submit nominations for two awards, one in Basic/Translational Research and the other in Clinical Research by Monday March 13, 2023. This year the awardees will be announced during the Awards Ceremony for Research, Education and Innovation Week (April 17-21, 2023), on Thursday, April 20th and will be presented along with the Elda Arce Teaching Scholar Award.

Award Criteria

These 2 awards are based on the training experiences and success of the mentees supported and trained by the nominee and should not focus on the mentor’s achievement alone. Such commitment and extraordinary effort by a mentor may be demonstrated by:

  • The number of individuals mentored
  • Mentorship quality as judged by support provided in mentee’s presentation and publication
  • Providing career and work-life balance support, encouragement, and essential strategies for life in the scholarly scientific community
  • Continued long term interest in the mentee’s professional advancement
Eligibility Criteria
  • Past mentor nominees may be resubmitted. Please consider resubmission as the quality of submissions has exceeded our expectations in the past several years
  • Member of Children’s National Hospital/Children’s National Research Institute community who are full time faculty at George Washington University School of Medicine 
  • May include basic, translational, behavioral clinical or community researchers / investigators
  • Sustained record of mentorship over time
Exclusion Criteria
  • Prior recipient of a Mentor Award 
  • Members of Selection Committee
Nomination Package

Please email completed packet in (PDF format) via email by Monday, March 13, 2023 to: Naomi Luban, MD (, Rachel Smilow ( and Julia Miller (

Nomination Package should include the following:
  • Nomination form
  • NIH Biosketch or Curriculum Vitae of mentor
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter should be written by the sponsor/nominator (not to exceed 2,000 words) who summarizes the nominee/mentor's impact on the training / career of their mentees. One additional letter (not to exceed 1,000 words) from a second mentee which details “firsthand” how the nominee influenced the mentee's career. Maybe from outside of CNH/CNRI. 

The letters should be addressed to: Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D., Interim Chief Academic Officer, Children’s National Hospital Interim Director, Children’s National Research Institute Director, District of Columbia Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (DC-IDDRC)

Specifics of the Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

The sponsor/nomination letter should reference how the nominee has modeled excellence in research, presentation, and publication and has aided in the ability to obtain funding and/or in academic success.

Further, the letter should include detail on how the nominee has advanced the mentees' professional development, created a supportive environment for research and scholarship, encouraged communication, ensured accessibility, and engendered collaborations.

Awards Committee

Applications will be evaluated on mentoring ability, quality of the mentorship relationship and outcome(s) of the mentoring relationship. The Award Committee is composed of Drs. Vittorio Gallo, Stephen Teach, Dewesh Agrawal, Mark Batshaw and Naomi Luban. In addition to the recognition, the award carries a $1,000 prize for each awardee.

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