2013 Outstanding Postdoc Award
Honoring the achievements of exceptional postdoctoral scholars for their comprehensive efforts in research, teaching, mentoring, innovation, and University or community service.

Current UNL postdoctoral scholars* in any discipline, who were first hired as a postdoc between January 1, 2008 and July 31, 2012 may be nominated for their accomplishments while at UNL.

Nominations will be accepted from a faculty member, PI, mentor, or other individual qualified to assess the nominee's achievements.

Criteria to be considered include, but are not limited to, achievement of the nominee in:
  • Innovation or research contribution in his or her discipline
  • Research productivity while at UNL (including publications, presentations, and awards)
  • Student mentoring or project management
  • Teaching and outreach to Lincoln or other nearby communities
  • Service (e.g., graduate, departmental, and University committees, or community groups)

*For the purposes of this award, the term "postdoctoral scholar" includes individuals who've earned a doctoral degree AND have a temporary appointment in the UNL payroll system (titles including, but not limited to, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Assistant Professor, and Senior Research Associate).

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Nominations should be received by 5 p.m. CDT,
September 2 October 2, 2013.


Nominating Process:
  • Nominators should complete the form at the Nominate link above, including a letter of nomination addressing the research, teaching, mentoring, service, and other relevant activities of the nominee.
  • When we receive the nomination we'll notify the nominee, and request email addresses for the two individuals who'll provide letters of support.
  • We'll send the nominee's letter writers a private link to an online letter of support form.
  • Letter writers need to provide letters of support before 5 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
  • Awardees will be honored at the Postdoc Awards Luncheon associated with the UNL Fall Research Fair.
2013 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award
Honoring a UNL faculty member or PI who has demonstrated a sustained commitment and exceptional ability in mentoring postdoctoral scholars' professional and career development.

Any UNL faculty members or PIs currently advising one or more postdoctoral scholars may be nominated for exemplifying a sustained commitment to the mentoring of postdocs and significant contributions to their postdoctoral scholars' professional and career development.

Criteria to be considered include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing intellectual leadership, ensuring postdocs have a mastery of the content and skills of their discipline
  • Modeling a record of excellence in research or creative work, teaching, and service
  • Establishing clear expectations and goals
  • Creating a supportive training environment tailored to the individual needs of the postdoc to promote career and professional development (i.e., individual development plan)
  • Promoting ethical standards and holding trainees accountable
  • Encouraging participation in formal opportunities for career or professional development (e.g., networking, conferences)
  • Appropriately crediting postdoc for involvement in research and publications

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Nominations should be received by 5 p.m. CDT,
September 2 October 2, 2013


Nominating Process:
  • Nominators should complete the form at the Nominate link above, including a letter of nomination outlining the nominee's positive impact, support, and mentoring of postdoctoral scholars.
  • Nominators must also provide email addresses for two individuals who'll provide a letter of support.
  • When we receive the nomination, we'll notify the nominee and send the letter writers a private link to an online letter of support form.
  • Letters of support should come from postdoctoral scholars advised by the nominee, or from other individuals able to assess the nominee's mentoring activities (such as a colleague or department chair).
  • Letters of support must be received before 5 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
  • Awardees will be honored at the Postdoc Awards Luncheon associated with the UNL Fall Research Fair.