International Cytokine & Interferon Society

ICIS Mentorship Award

2024 Mentorship Award: Susan Kaech is a Salk Institute Professor, Director of the NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, and holder of the NOMIS Chair.

ICIS Mentorship Award

The ICIS Mentorship Award recognizes ICIS members who have made significant and sustained contributions to the career development of trainees and to the profession through outstanding mentoring. 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. A minimum of three mentees will write a supporting letter on how this person has impacted their development, career and lives, to be submitted together by one of the mentees (an ICIS member). Please nominate your mentors now as this award is actively recruiting candidates for consideration. 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
Eligibility Criteria:
    • To be eligible, the person needs a minimum of three mentees who are willing to write a supporting letter (one page, single spaced) on how this person has impacted their development, career and lives. 
    • Both the nominee and the corresponding nominator must be ICIS members (not a member, apply today)
    • Nominees may include academic, government or industry members

    • Nominees should have a sustained record of mentoring over time 

    • Self-nominations and posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

    • Candidates that were nominated in the preceding year but did not win the award are automatically reconsidered as eligible in the ensuing year.

    • The nomination must be made by a Regular, Industry or Student/Postdoc Member of the Society and include a minimum of two additional letters of nomination. The winner of this award will be announced at the annual meeting.

The Awardee will receive an ICIS Crystal and travel costs to attend the Society’s Annual Meeting up to $1500, and complimentary meeting registration for the year of the award. Mentees are invited to present the Award to their Mentor at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

Past Award Winners:

Jacob S. Yount is the 2023 ICIS Mentorship Award Winner

Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson is Awarded the 2022 ICIS Mentorship Award

Ludmila (Mila) Prokunina-Olsson has been chosen for the 2022 ICIS Mentorship Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of immunity and cancer genetics through not only her own seminal discoveries and scientific accomplishments but also through the next generation of scientists she has nurtured, taught and guided. Dr. Prokunina-Olsson’s admiration for diversity and ability to recognize potential, particularly in minority scientists, and then develop a trajectory for their success, have played an important role in establishing the careers of her fellows who then go on to become mentors themselves. MORE DETAILS

Howard A. Young, PhD, Senior Investigator at the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA

Dr. Howard Young has been chosen to be the first recipient of the newly established ICIS Mentorship Award in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to the career development of trainees and to the profession through outstanding mentoring over four decades. Howard has trained a number of post-docs and post-bacs who have gone on to establish their own labs around the world and who, in turn, mentored hundreds of additional trainees following the example that Howard set of promoting high-level human and scientific interactions. 

Nominating Mentees:

  • Professor Ram Savan
  • Professor Elizabeth J. Kovacs
  • Professor Antonio Sica  MORE DETAILS
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