Scientists are often judged by their number of papers, citations, or scientific awards but many of our greatest minds have also served the field as influential mentors to junior colleagues. For women, obtaining a strong mentor is a crucial part of advancing their careers in a male-dominated field. There is no strict formula or instructions for mentorship, and scientific mentors can serve a variety of roles. A mentor may be someone who helps you prepare for a presentation or provides guidance in achieving work-life balance. Mentors may provide advice on a range of personal to professional concerns or obstacles.
To highlight the invaluable colleagues who support and inspire us, we created the WiSE Mentorship Awards. These two awards – one for Faculty/Administrator level mentors and one for Graduate Student/Post-Doc level mentors – serve to honor individuals who have served as personal or professional mentors to women here at CSHL. Awards are given every two years.
The 2nd WiSE Mentorship Awards were announced at 2019's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory In-house symposium, November 2019. Congratulations to Dr. Molly Gale Hammell in the faculty category and Dr. Sarah Starosta in the Postdoc/student category! They were profiled in WiSE Wednesday pieces. Thank you for your Mentorship work!
We also would like to congratulate our honorable mentions: Sydney Gary, Jason Sheltzer, Anne Churchland, Chris Vakoc, Alyson Kass-Eisler, Camila dos Santos, and Amanda McBrien
Photos by Jue Xiang