MBI now accepting nominations for leadership awards

Published: February 14th, 2019

Category: MBI News

By Jackie Hart

TEO MobileThe McKnight Brain Institute’s Education and Outreach Committee is pleased to begin accepting nominations for two award programs: the Toffler Leadership Awards and the McKnight Leadership Awards. The deadline to submit nominees for both awards is March 15, 2019.

Toffler Leadership Awards

Through funding provided to the MBI by the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust for Neuroscience Research and Education Fund, the Toffler Leadership Awards recognize UF students enrolled in a Ph.D., M.D. or combined doctoral program who are pursuing neuroscience research.

The Toffler Leadership Awards honor those who have demonstrated leadership in the fields of neuroscience research and/or education. This leadership should have been shown, at least in part, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. Students may be nominated for the award by faculty through a letter not to exceed one page that should be sent to jada.lewis@ufl.edu. Based on nomination letters, the MBI will select a small number of trainees and ask them to submit an application package. Students should not submit application packages unless they have been invited to submit.

McKnight Leadership Awards

The second accolade, the McKnight Leadership Awards, is open to all clinical and post-doctoral fellows and assistant professors working in the field of neuroscience at UF. The MBI has dedicated $2,500 per year in support of this program and anticipates two awards will be given annually.

The McKnight Leadership Awards recognize outstanding leadership in neuroscience research and/or education that should have been shown, at least in part, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. Individuals may be nominated for an award by other faculty through a letter not to exceed one page that should be sent to jada.lewis@ufl.edu. Once selected, nominees will submit an application packet that details their achievement.

“The McKnight Brain Institute attracts some of the most talented trainees and faculty in neuroscience,” said Jada Lewis, Ph.D, a professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of neuroscience and joint chair of the MBI’s Education and Outreach Committees. “Awards like this give us the opportunity to honor those helping to take our research and educational efforts to the next level.”

The deadline to submit nominations for both of these award programs is March 15, 2019. Candidates will be evaluated by the MBI’s Outreach and Education Subcommittee, and the chairs of that committee will oversee the process. Awards will be announced at a subsequent MBI Research Evening event and awardees will be expected to attend the presentation of awards.

For questions regarding either awards, please email Lewis at jada.lewis@ufl.edu. For more information about all of the MBI’s education and outreach opportunities, click here.