John E. Larsh, Jr. Award for Mentorship

Online submission

Purpose: The purpose of the John E. Larsh Jr. Award for Mentorship is to recognize a current member of the faculty at the School who best exemplifies the qualities of mentoring and commitment to students that Dr. Larsh embodied and valued so highly.
 
History: The Award, established in 1997 to pay tribute to Dr. Larsh and his contribution to UNC’s public health school, is presented annually and includes a plaque and monetary prize of $4,000. The recipient may use the funds in any way that enhances his or her ability to mentor and support students.

 

Stage I:

Nominations will be solicited from the Gillings School of Global Public Health community at large. Nominations are to be submitted online via Qualtrics survey and must be received by March 21, 2014.

The Academic Programs Committee will review all nominations.

Stage II:

The Committee will request from the department of the nominee the following information, relevant to his/her mentoring activities in the School:

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)

If not included in the CV, the department or nominee must provide the following information for the past ten years, including NAMES of students involved for EACH category below.

 

Doctoral students:

  • A list of the total number of doctoral student dissertations the nominee has personally supervised (or is in the process of supervising)
  • A list of the total number of doctoral student committees on which the nominee has served, including names of the students involved
  • A list of the total number of doctoral students the nominee has mentored in other ways

 

Postdoctoral students:

  • A list of the total number of postdoctoral students the nominee has mentored

 

Master’s students:

  • A list of the total number of all master’s student theses/papers the nominee has personally supervised (or is in the process of supervising)
  • A list of the total number of master’s student theses/papers on which the nominee has served as a second reader
  • A list of the total number of students the nominee has advised
  • A list of the total number of students the nominee has mentored in other ways

 

Undergraduate students:

  • A list of the total number of undergraduate students the nominee has advised and/or mentored in a significant way, including a short explanation of these mentoring relationships

 

Assisting students in preparing awards/fellowship applications:

  • A list of the number and types of student awards, grants and fellowships the nominee has helped students obtain (e.g., student funding to enable them to conduct their research, awards for outstanding papers), including the names of the students 

 

Selection criteria: All full- or part-time faculty members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are eligible for consideration. Factors to be considered in judging excellence in mentoring will be determined by the Academic Programs Committee. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintenance of high standards and outstanding moral character as a role model
  • Long-term commitment to overall growth of students
  • Availability (accessibility) to students
  • Stimulation of learning, generating passion and intellectual curiosity
  • Research guidance and oversight that generates excitement
  • Personal traits leading to excellence in mentoring

 

Mentoring done at the University as well as in other settings should be considered when making a nomination, as being a mentor is a full-time, around-the-clock commitment.

 

With the information provided, the Academic Programs Committee will prepare a recommendation to the dean, who will make the final decision about the award recipient. The associate dean for academic affairs will deliver the award at spring Commencement.

 

2013

Morris Weinberger, PhD

Health Policy and Management

2012

 P.K. Sen, PhD

Biostatistics

2011

Gerardo Heiss, PhD

Epidemiology

2010

William Zelman, PhD

Health Policy and Management

2009

Don Lauria, PhD

Environmental Sciences and Engineering

2007

Gary Koch, PhD

Biostatistics

2005

Jo Anne Earp, ScD

Health Behavior

2003

Lawrence Kupper, PhD

Biostatistics

2001

David Leith, PhD

Environmental Sciences and Engineering