Outstanding Trainee & Leading Mentor Awards
Each year the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences recognizes outstanding trainees and leading mentors (OTLMA) during the first Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds of the year.
The aim of the Outstanding Trainee in Cancer Prevention award is to acknowledge the extraordinary performance and dedication of trainees preparing for careers in cancer prevention. Awards are given to research trainees and postdoctoral fellows. Along with the title of Outstanding Trainee in Cancer Prevention and a certificate denoting the achievement, each recipient will also receive a cash prize to use toward educationally related resources or activities.
The Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention award acknowledges the extraordinary performance and dedication of mentors to trainees preparing for careers in cancer prevention. The leading mentor in cancer prevention will receive a certificate of achievement and a cash honorarium.
The next OTLMA ceremony is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2023.
Nominate an Outstanding Trainee or Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention
Annual nomination period: Sept. 15 through Oct. 31
Past OTLMA Ceremony Photos
Awardees (left to right): Dr. Joel Fokom Domgue, Carol Wang, and Dr. Jan Blalock
Dr. Janice Blalock accepts the Leading Mentor Award from Dr. Ernest Hawk, Vice President of Cancer Prevention
Outstanding Postdoc Trainee & CPRTP Alumni, Dr. Joel Fokom Domgue, thanks his mentors, colleagues, and family.
Awardees (left to right): Carol Wang, Dr. Joel Fokom Domgue and Dr. Janice Blalock
Outstanding Research Trainee, Carol Wang (center) with Health Disparities Research Team
Leading Mentor Awardee, Dr. Janice Blalock (center) with Behavioral Science Research Team
Eligibility, Nomination & Review Process
- Eligibility period: Any trainee appointed at MD Anderson Cancer Center at any time during the last fiscal year (Sept. 1 of the previous year through Aug. 31 of the current year) are eligible.
- Example: For the event in 2023, you may nominate a trainee you mentored at any time during 9/1/21 and 8/31/22. If the nominated trainee was appointed beginning 9/1/21 through 12/31/21, the trainee is eligible. The trainee may be appointed at any time within the eligibility period and is not required to be appointed during the entire fiscal year.
- The outstanding research and postdoctoral trainee winners from the previous award year will not be eligible to be nominated this year. See Previous Award Winners below.
- Eligibility period: Any individual of MD Anderson Cancer Center who has mentored a trainee in cancer prevention during the last fiscal year (Sept. 1 of the previous year through Aug. 31 of the current year) are eligible.
- Example: For the event in 2023, you may nominate an individual who mentored you at any time during 9/1/21 and 8/31/22. If the nominee mentored a trainee from 8/30/22 to 10/1/22, they are eligible. As long as the nominee mentored the trainee at any time within the eligibility period noted above, the individual is eligible.
- The leading mentor winner(s) from the previous award year will not be eligible to be nominated this year. See Previous Award Winners below.
Criteria for Nominators and Nominees
Who Can Nominate?
- Trainees may nominated by MD Anderson Cancer Center faculty or staff members.
- Mentors may be nominated by anyone who was/is a trainee appointed at MD Anderson Cancer Center within the last fiscal year (Sept. 1 of the previous year to Aug. 31 of the current year).
- NOTE: Self-nominations are not accepted.
- Made unique contributions to their area of research within cancer prevention and control.
- Demonstrates the core values of MD Anderson Cancer Center: Caring, Integrity, Discovery, Safety, and Stewardship.
- Exemplifies good character and leadership by performing above and beyond what is required in assigned position or through service to others.
- Consistently demonstrates professionalism, dedication, motivation, and enthusiasm in education duties and activities.
- The mentor must have a faculty appointment as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor.
- Nominations of individuals with non-faculty titles (e.g., Program Director, Postdoctoral Fellow) are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- Demonstrated extraordinary performance as a teacher, coach, and sponsor in the field of cancer prevention.
- Serves as a role model, enthusiastic about inspiring trainees to work in the field of cancer prevention.
- Contributes to the field of cancer prevention.
- Encourages trainees to reflect on individual strengths and weaknesses (understanding of self, strengths and weaknesses).
- Serves as a role model for the core values of MD Anderson (caring, integrity, discovery, safety, and stewardship).
Submission Process and Review Committees
Submit Your Nomination
To submit a nomination, complete the online oustanding research trainee nomination form or leading mentor nomination form between September 1 and October 31 (11:59 p.m., Central time).
Review of Trainee Nominations
- Division Head/VP of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
- Chairs of the five departments within the division
- Directors of the CPRTP
- Faculty reviewers with conflicts of interest will not participate in the review.
Review of Mentor Nominations
- The selection committee of trainees who will review the nominations and select the Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention will be made up of at least five current trainees from the division.
- The selection committee members may nominate mentors; however, they will not score or comment on their nominations during the selection process.
- Reviewers with conflicts of interest will not participate in the review.
Winners of the awards will be announced and honored at the first Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds of year following the nomination deadline. The research trainee awardees will give a 90-second elevator speech at this event and both trainee and mentor awardees will receive a certificate and cash honorarium. The award announcement will be posted in Employee Notes and the Alumni and Faculty Association Newsletter.
Previous Keynote Speakers & Awardees
These honorees of the prestigious Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences: Outstanding Trainee and Leading Mentor Award in Cancer Prevention, were MD Anderson trainees or mentors from September 1 through August 31 of the fiscal year indicated.
The outstanding research trainee(s) made unique contributions in their area of research within cancer prevention and control; and consistently demonstrated professionalism, dedication, motivation and enthusiasm in education duties and activities. The leading mentor(s) served as a role model, teacher, coach, and a sponsor in the field of cancer prevention; was enthusiastic about inspiring trainees to work in cancer prevention, and encouraged trainees to understand and reflect on self, strengths and weaknesses. Both the trainees and mentors demonstrated MD Anderson Cancer Center's mission and core values: caring, integrity, and discovery.
Awardees by Fiscal Year
|Fiscal Year||Keynote Speaker||Outstanding Research Trainee(s)
||Outstanding Postdoctoral Trainee(s)||Leading Mentor(s)||Ceremony Date|
|2021-2022||Dr. Olivera Finn||TBD||TBD||TBD||1/13/2023|
|2020-2021||Dr. Deborah Schrag||Jose Enriquez, Cancer Systems Imaging||Dr. Puja Aggarwal, Epidemiology and Biostatistics||Dr. Jian Gu, Professor, Epidemiology||1/14/2022|
|2019-2020||Dr. Carol Fabian||Ashley Taylor, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Sukh Makhnoon, Behavioral Science||Dr. Scott Kopetz, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology||1/15/2021|
|2018-2019||Dr. Rena Pasick||Carol Wang, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Joel Fokom Domgue, Epidemiology & Biostatistics||Dr. Janice Blalock, Behavioral Science||1/10/2020|
|2017 - 2018||Dr. Thomas Cech||Michael Robertson, Behavioral Science||Dr. Onyema Greg Chido-Amajuoyi, Epidemiology & Biostatistics||Dr. Alex Prokhorov, Behavioral Science||1/4/2019|
|2016-2017||Dr. Bernard Levine||Melissa Kok, Epidemiology and Smruthy Sivakumar, Epidemiology
||Dr. Ashley Housten, Health Services Research
||Dr. Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, Epidemiology||1/5/2018|
|2015-2016||Dr. Amelie Ramirez||Margaret Raber, Pediatrics
||Dr. Jinhai "Stephen" Huo, Health Services Research
||Dr. Michelle A. T. Hildebrandt
|2014-2015||Dr. Martin Chalfie||Kyle Chang, Clinical Cancer Prevention
||Dr. Ashish Deshmukh, Health Services Research
||Dr. Xifeng Wu, Epidemiology
||Dr. Ellen Gritz||Francis "Anthony" San Lucas, Epidemiology||Dr. Hao Hu, Epidemiology; Dr. Nicholas Whiting, Cancer Systems Imaging||Dr. Shine Chang, Epidemiology; Dr. Chad Huff, Epidemiology||1/9/2015|
|2012-2013||Dr. Nancy Hopkins||Carmen Galvan, Behavioral Science||Dr. Diana Stewart, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Scott B. Cantor, Health Services Research; Dr. Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Health Disparities Research||1/9/2014|
|2011-2012||Dr. Gayle Slaughter||Selina Vattathil, Epidemiology||Dr. Shelly Hovick, Behavioral Science||Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, General Oncology||1/7/2013|
|2010-2011||Dr. Richard Tapia||Maria Chang, Behavioral Science||Dr. Allison Burton, Behavioral Science||Dr. Susan Peterson, Behavioral Science||1/6/2012|
|2009-2010||None||Xia Pu, Epidemiology||Dr. Yessenia Castro, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Karen Basen-Engquist, Behavioral Science; Dr. Jason Robinson, Behavioral Science; Dr. Xifeng Wu, Epidemiology||12/10/2010|
|2008-2009||None||Rosenie Thelus Jean, Epidemiology||Dr. Michael Businelle, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Shine Chang, Epidemiology||12/7/2009|
|2007-2008||None||E. Amirian, Epidemiology; Mary Katherine Bispeck, Behavioral Science; Jessica Clague, Epidemiology||Dr. Hui Zhao, Epidemiology||Dr. David Wetter, Health Disparities Research||2008|
Nominations and Awards Management
Kava L. Lewis, M.A.
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
Office of the Vice President of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Keynote Speaker and Event Management
Previous OTLMA Awardees & Keynote Speakers
2019 Outstanding Trainee Awardees: Michael Robertson & Dr. Onyema Chido-Amajuoyi (center)
2018 OTLMA Awardees, Mentors with Dr. Ernest Hawk, Vice President of Cancer Prevention and Dr. Peter WT Pisters, President of MD Anderson Cancer Center
2017 OTLMA Awardees: Drs. Maggie Raber, Michelle Hildebrandt, and Jinhai 'Stephen' Huo
2015 OTLMA Awardees (left to right): Drs. Hao Hu, Chad Huff, Shine Chang, Nicholas Whiting, and Francis 'Anthony' San Lucas
2014 OTLMA Predoctoral Awardee, Carmen Galvin (center) with Dr. Susan Peterson and Dr. Ernest Hawk
2013 OTLMA Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gayle Slaughter, with Drs. Carrie Cameron, Shine Chang, Ernest Hawk and Robert Chamberlain, CPRTP Founder