Please join the UAB School of Public Health in congratulating Drs. Affuso, Cutter, Michael and Sen as this year's recipients of the 2011 Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship!
The award, now in its fifth year, recognizes exceptional faculty mentorship and demonstrates that UAB is a university that values the commitment to excellence in mentorship that is exhibited by its faculty, says Bryan Noe, Ph.D., dean of The Graduate School.
“This award recognizes faculty who have been outstanding mentors, advisors and role models to the students and trainees with whom they have worked,” Noe says. “We are particularly pleased to see that faculty from different disciplines and departments across campus were nominated for their dedication to assisting students, postdoctoral fellows and other trainees to realize their career goals.”
Olivia Affuso (Epidemiology)
“She continually seeks opportunities for her students, mentees, friends, etc. to grow. Whether in the School of Public Health, the Graduate School or life in general, Dr. Affuso is on a continual search for the next big and better thing and takes those she mentors along for the ride.”
Gary Cutter (Biostatistics)
“He guides students along in a manner that allows students the freedom to explore topics that are of genuine interest to them, provide opportunities to grow and go outside one’s comfort zone. And if one finds themselves with the need for a push or an explanation, he seems to always be available and helpful.”
Max Michael, Dean
“Multidisciplinary work requires an individual who can understand several different points of view and bring people together to work for a common purpose. Dr. Michael is one of the rare individuals who can seamlessly transition from the individual-based world of the clinician to the population-based world of the public-health professional, and he actively mentors students to help them learn to do the same.”
Bisakha Sen (Health Care Organization and Policy)
“Dr. Sen highly holds mentoring excellence and champions her students and mentees through commitment to professionalism, code of ethics, and beyond expectation quality. She is a role model to me and my peers and has inspired us to become better, life-long learning researchers.”