American Society of Hematology

ASH Mentor Award

Mentorship is one of the most important determinants of a successful career in hematology, yet it is often a component of career development that, while prized by recipients, is rarely rewarded. In recognition of the value the Society places on mentorship, the ASH Mentor Award was created to reward outstanding mentors in the hematology community. Superb mentors from any of the different branches of hematology are eligible for this award, including adult or pediatric hematologists; academic or community practitioners; basic, clinical, or translational researchers; hematopathologists; transfusion medicine specialists; and individuals working in industry or government. It is anticipated that awardees will have had a sustained career commitment to mentoring, a significant positive impact on their mentees' careers, and through their mentees have advanced research and patient care in the field of hematology.

Each year two outstanding mentors are selected. The two awards reflect the constituency represented by the recommended nominee and can include superb mentors from any of the different branches of hematology; including adult or pediatric hematologists; academic or community practitioners; basic, clinical, or translational researchers; hematopathologists; transfusion medicine specialists; and individuals working in industry or government.

View past Mentor Award recipients

Award Criteria

This award is based on the training experiences and success of the nominee’s mentees, not the mentor’s personal career achievements. For the purpose of this award, mentoring is defined as the process of guiding, supporting, and promoting the training and career development of others. The key roles of a mentor include, but are not limited to providing:

  • Intellectual growth and development
  • Career development
  • Professional guidance
  • Advocacy
  • Positive role modeling
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Selection Process Timeline

Nomination packages due. NEW nomination process, please see "Nomination and Selection Process" for detailsApril 4, 2015
Study section to meet to review scores and decide on recommendations for Awards and Executive CommitteesLate April 2015
Final selections will be sent to the ASH Awards Committee and the ASH Executive Committee for final approvalMay 2015
Winners notifiedJune 2015
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Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion

  1. All nominees and nominators must be members of ASH. If you are not a member of ASH, you may apply today to join our global community of hematologist.
  2. Nominees of all nationalities and all countries of residence are eligible; however, all application materials must be submitted in English.
  3. Nominees may include adult or pediatric hematologists; academic or community practitioners; basic, clinical, or translational researchers; hematopathologists; transfusion medicine specialists; and individuals working in industry or government.
  4. Nominees should have a sustained record of mentoring over time.
  5. Nominators must be a mentee of the nominee, or colleagues who have personal knowledge of the nominee’s mentoring efforts.
  6. Mentees should be actively involved in research, teaching, mentoring, or other leadership activities.
  7. The nominator, primary, and secondary mentee must be three individuals.

Exclusion

  1. Prior recipients of the ASH Mentor Award are ineligible for future awards.
  2. Voting members of the ASH Executive Committee, the ASH Awards Committee or the Mentor Award Study Section are ineligible for a mentor award during their tenure.
  3. Self-nominations and posthumous nominations will not be accepted.
  4. Recipients of the William Dameshek Prize, Henry M. Stratton Medal, and E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize are ineligible for the year they receive the award.
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Nomination Packages

Nominations for the ASH Mentor Awards will now be accepted throughout the year. Any nomination submitted prior to the award deadline (April 4, 2015) will be considered for the current year's review cycle. Nominations submitted after the award deadline will be considered for the following year's review cycle.

You can now submit a nomination package online or by email.

If you would like to submit your nomination package online, please follow the steps below:

  • A copy of the nominee's current CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • A letter written by the nominator that summarizes the nominee's impact on the training/careers of his/her mentees.
    • Two letters written by the primary and secondary mentee (can be a former or current mentee) who can each provide a first-hand account of how the nominee influenced his or her career. Academic, clinical, and educational achievements on the part of the mentee will all be considered important. These mentees must be willing to complete a structured telephone interview about the nominee's mentoring capacity.
    • Optional: Up to three additional letters of support from junior and senior faculty will be accepted, but are not required. Ideally, at least one letter should be written by a mentee who can provide a first-hand account of how the nominee influenced his or her career. Academic, clinical, educational, and regulatory achievements on the part of the mentee will all be considered as important.
  • Nominations are reviewed and scored on the following criteria: 1) intellectual growth and development, 2) career development, 3) professional guidance, 4) advocacy, and 5) being a role model. Each of these criteria are scored individually, therefore the nomination and support letters should provide sufficient detail and specific examples that speaks to each of these elements.

Provided are some examples of questions that should be answered within the nomination packet to provide the level of detail the study section expects in reviewing submissions for the Mentor Award. Please note this list is not complete, simply examples for you to use in preparing your nomination:

  • Most of the nominations received are for outstanding candidates. Therefore, please provide details on what distinguishes your mentor from the others.
  • Are there specific examples where the mentor remained involved in your professional development, or that of other mentees, on an on-going basis, after your career was started? Was there a difference in support for those that stayed at the mentor’s institution compared with those that went elsewhere?
  • How does your mentor handle stress, disappointment, or setbacks involving his/her mentees? Describe the environment/atmosphere your mentor provides.
  • How has your mentor intervened to help you make specific decisions regarding the path of your career? How helpful is your mentor in negotiating job offers, both at the home institution as well as others?
  • How does your mentor balance things in their own lives from your perspective and how does he/she promote this balance for their mentees?

It is suggested that the nominees participate in the process of assembling the nomination package, since their mentoring achievements may have spanned many years, beyond the experience of individual mentees.

If you are having trouble completing your nomination package online, please email awards@hematology to request assistance. An Awards staff member will be happy to walk you through the process.

If you would prefer to submit your nomination package by email, please follow the steps below:

  • A completed nomination form:
  • A copy of the nominee's current CV
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • A letter written by the nominator that summarizes the nominee's impact on the training/careers of his/her mentees.
    • Two letters written by the primary and secondary mentee (can be a former or current mentee) who can each provide a first-hand account of how the nominee influenced his or her career. Academic, clinical, and educational achievements on the part of the mentee will all be considered important. These mentees must be willing to complete a structured telephone interview about the nominee's mentoring capacity.
    • Optional: Up to three additional letters of support from junior and senior faculty will be accepted, but are not required. Ideally, at least one letter should be written by a mentee who can provide a first-hand account of how the nominee influenced his or her career. Academic, clinical, educational, and regulatory achievements on the part of the mentee will all be considered as important.

Completed forms should be sent via e-mail, along with the above checklist materials to awards@hematology.org

The file should be named in the following format: Mentor Award [nominee’s] Lastname-Firstname Year.pdf.

Nominations are reviewed and scored on the following criteria: 1) intellectual growth and development, 2) career development, 3) professional guidance, 4) advocacy, and 5) being a role model. Each of these criteria are scored individually, therefore the nomination and support letters should provide sufficient detail and specific examples that speaks to each of these elements.

Provided are some examples of questions that should be answered within the nomination packet to provide the level of detail the study section expects in reviewing submissions for the Mentor Award. Please note this list is not complete, simply examples for you to use in preparing your nomination:

  • Most of the nominations received are for outstanding candidates. Therefore, please provide details on what distinguishes your mentor from the others.
  • Are there specific examples where the mentor remained involved in your professional development, or that of other mentees, on an on-going basis, after your career was started? Was there a difference in support for those that stayed at the mentor’s institution compared with those that went elsewhere?
  • How does your mentor handle stress, disappointment, or setbacks involving his/her mentees? Describe the environment/atmosphere your mentor provides.
  • How has your mentor intervened to help you make specific decisions regarding the path of your career? How helpful is your mentor in negotiating job offers, both at the home institution as well as others?
  • How does your mentor balance things in their own lives from your perspective and how does he/she promote this balance for their mentees?

Please be sure to include all necessary documents in the order below in one PDF document; separate e-mails will not be considered.

Nominations that are not formatted correctly, that contain incorrect documents, or that are missing required documents will not be considered.

It is suggested that the nominees participate in the process of assembling the nomination package, since their mentoring achievements may have spanned many years, beyond the experience of individual mentees.

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Nomination and Selection Process

New- Nominations for Mentor Awards will now be accepted throughout the year. Any nomination submitted prior to the award deadline will be considered for the current year’s review cycle. Nominations submitted after the award deadline will be considered for the following year’s review cycle.

Nominations may be made by any member of ASH, based on either having been mentored by the nominee or by personal observation of mentoring provided to others by the nominee. Nominators may be mentees of the nominee or colleagues who have personal knowledge of the nominee's mentoring efforts.

The ASH Mentor Award Study Section, which reviews nomination packages, includes, but is not limited to one chair and one member from each of the following committees; the ASH Awards Committee, the ASH International Members Committee, the ASH Committee on Practice, the ASH Committee on Promoting Diversity the ASH Committee on Training Programs, and the ASH Trainee Council.

Nomination packages will be forwarded to the Mentor Award Study Section for review. Nomination packages are reviewed and scored by the members of the Study Section on a mentoring score card. Several members of the Study Section review each nomination package.

Nominations are scored based on the Award Criteria and the overall strength of the nomination package. Final selections will be based on a consensus of the entire Study Section. The Study Section will encourage nominators of highly ranked, but unsuccessful, nominees to resubmit their application in subsequent years. Final selections are sent to the ASH Awards Committee and the ASH Executive Committee for final approval by the end of June. Awardees are notified in July.

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2013 Mentor Winners Announced

ASH is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2013 Mentor Awards:

John Adamson, MD, Stanford Cancer Center and Stanley Schrier, MD, University of California- San Diego

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Questions

Questions about the ASH Mentor Award may be directed to awards@hematology.org. back to top