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AVS Recognition for Excellence in Mentorship


The AVS seeks to recognize individuals from all scientific/engineering backgrounds, including but not limited to: academicians, technicians, industrial researchers, and teachers, who, through mentoring, have enhanced the careers of future generations who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in science, engineering, and technology. Their mentoring and leadership in an effort to fully develop the world's human resources is critical to the best scientific and engineering progress.

This recognition is specifically for people that have gone above and beyond their regular job duties by leading programs that have broad impact in training and mentoring, and promote diversity, belonging, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Recipients of this honor will have their profile displayed on the AVS website, be featured in the AVS newsletter, and receive a certificate of recognition. It is possible that more than one recognition for excellence in mentorship could be made annually. 

Do you have a mentor or someone that helped guide you in your career?

Nominate that person for making a difference in people’s lives and going above and beyond their job duties to enhance the careers of future generations.

Eligibility & Nominations

Nominations from AVS members, including self-nominations, for this honor are welcome and should include the following items:

  1. Nominator Letter (maximum of 1 page) including nominator contact information and a high level summary describing the nominee’s mentoring accomplishments and their effective guidance to a significant number of persons who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in science, engineering and technology (including persons with disabilities, women and underrepresented minorities).
  2. Nominee's Name, Affiliation, E-mail, website/s.
  3. A high-resolution photograph of the nominee in a science/engineering setting.
  4. A short biography of the nominee.
  5. A support letter detailing the said mentorship from someone who has directly benefitted from the nominee’s mentoring (maximum of 2 pages). The nominee does not need to be an AVS member.
Nomination packages should be sent to Nominations will be accepted once per year and will be considered for up to two years from the date of receipt.

Nomination Deadlines

Nominations will be accepted on March 31 each year.


Year Nomination Biography Interview Media Release
2023 Amber Reed    
2022 Alexandra Joshi Imre Interview  
2022 Mark Losego Interview  
2022 Talat Rahman    
2020 Suntharampillai “Theva” Thevuthasan Interview  
2018 Michael Khbeis    
2017 Bruce Smith    
2017 Susan Trolier-McKinstry    
2017 Arnold Burger Interview  
2016 Mauro Sardela Jr. Interview  
2015 Federico Rosei Interview Media Release
2015 Stephan Burdin Interview  
2015 Vincent Smentkowski Interview  
2014 Christine Ortiz    
2014 Alex Demkov Interview Media Release
2014 Lynnette Madsen Interview  
2013 Michelle Manuel Interview  
2013 Liesl Folks Interview Media Release
2013 Nava Setter Interview  
2012 Joseph A. Gardella, Jr. Interview