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 10, 2020.
Nominate an Outstanding Trainee or Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention
Annual nomination period: Sept. 1 through Oct. 31
2019 OTLMA Ceremony Photos
Outstanding Trainee Awardees, Dr. Onyema Chido-Amajuoyi and Michael Robertson, with Dr. Karen Calabro, who accepted the Leading Mentor award on behalf of Dr. Alex Prokhorov.
Outstanding Postdoc Awardee, Dr. Onyema Chido-Amajuoyi, makes remarks after accepting his award from Dr. Ernest Hawk.
Outstanding Research Trainee & CPRTP Alumni, Michael Robertson pictured with his primary mentor, Dr. Karen Basen-Engquist, Professor, Behavioral Science
Cancer Prevention Vice President pictured with Outstanding Trainees, Michael Robertson and Dr. Onyema Chido-Amajuoyi.
Outstanding Trainee Nominees, Dr. Margaret Raber and Emily Steinman
Leading Mentor Awardee, Dr. Alex Prokhorov
Eligibility, Nomination & Review Process
- Only trainees appointed during the last fiscal year (Sept. 1 of the previous year through August 31st of the current year) are eligible.
- Example: If it is 2019, the trainee must be appointed between 9/1/18 and 8/31/19.
- 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.
- Any faculty member of MD Anderson Cancer Center who has mentored a trainee in cancer prevention during the last fiscal year (Sept. 1st of the previous year through August 31 of the current year) are eligible.
- Example: If it is 2019, you may nominate a faculty who mentored you between 9/1/18 and 8/31/19.
- The leading mentor winner(s) from the previous award year will not be eligible to be nominated this year. See Previous Award Winners below.
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 in the last fiscal year (Sept. 1 of last year to Aug. 31 of this year).
- NOTE: Self-nominations are not accepted.
- Made unique contributions to his/her area of research within cancer prevention and control.
- Demonstrates the core values of MD Anderson Cancer Center: Caring, Integrity and Discovery.
- 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, and demonstrated extraordinary performance as a teacher, coach, and sponsor in the field of cancer prevention.
To submit a nomination, email the completed outstanding research trainee nomination form or leading mentor nomination form, with required materials to Apply@CancerPreventionTraining.org by midnight, October 31.
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.
The following 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 core values: caring, integrity, and discovery.
Awardees by Fiscal Year
|Fiscal Year||Outstanding Research Trainee(s)
||Outstanding Postdoctoral Trainee(s)||Leading Mentor(s)||Ceremony Date|
|2017 - 2018||Michael Robertson, Behavioral Science||Dr. Onyema Greg Chido-Amajuoyi, Epidemiology & Biostatistics||Dr. Alex Prokhorov, Behavioral Science||1/4/2019|
|2016-2017||Melissa Kok, Epidemiology and Smruthy Sivakumar, Epidemiology
||Dr. Ashley Housten, Health Services Research
||Dr. Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, Epidemiology||1/5/2018|
|2015-2016||Margaret Raber, Pediatrics
||Dr. Jinhai "Stephen" Huo, Health Services Research
||Dr. Michelle A. T. Hildebrandt
|2014-2015||Kyle Chang, Clinical Cancer Prevention
||Dr. Ashish Deshmukh, Health Services Research
||Dr. Xifeng Wu, Epidemiology
||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||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||Selina Vattathil, Epidemiology||Dr. Shelly Hovick, Behavioral Science||Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, General Oncology||1/7/2013|
|2010-2011||Maria Chang, Behavioral Science||Dr. Allison Burton, Behavioral Science||Dr. Susan Peterson, Behavioral Science||1/6/2012|
|2009-2010||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||Rosenie Thelus Jean, Epidemiology||Dr. Michael Businelle, Health Disparities Research||Dr. Shine Chang, Epidemiology||12/7/2009|
|2007-2008||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, B.A.
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
Keynote Speaker and Event Management:
Office of the Vice President of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Previous OTLMA Awardees & Keynote Speakers
2013 OTLMA Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gayle Slaughter, with Drs. Carrie Cameron, Shine Chang, Ernest Hawk and Robert Chamberlain, CPRTP Founder
2014 OTLMA Predoctoral Awardee, Carmen Galvin (center) with Dr. Susan Peterson and Dr. Ernest Hawk
2015 OTLMA Awardees (left to right): Drs. Hao Hu, Chad Huff, Shine Chang, Nicholas Whiting, and Francis 'Anthony' San Lucas
2017 OTLMA Awardees: Drs. Maggie Raber, Michelle Hildebrandt, and Jinhai 'Stephen' Huo
2018 OTLMA Mentor Awardee, Dr. Carrie Daniel-MacDougall (far right) with (left to right), Dr. Shine Chang, The Julie & Ben Rogers Award Senior Board Member, Regina Rogers, and Dr. Carrie Cameron
2018 OTLMA Awardees, Mentors with Dr. Ernest Hawk, Vice President of Cancer Prevention and Dr. Peter WT Pisters, President of MD Anderson Cancer Center