Dr. Rebecca Shlafer Recognized With CTSI's Outstanding Junior Mentor Award

Published by CTSI on September 23, 2015

Laurel Davis and Nancy Raymond accepting award on Rebecca Shlafer's behalfPictured (L to R): Accepting on Dr. Shlafer's behalf is Laurel Davis, ARP Scholar, and Shlafer's mentee; and Nancy Raymond, Professor, UMN. 

On Thursday evening, CTSI honored Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, with the second annual Outstanding Junior Mentor award (shown at right: Laurel Davis, a mentee of Dr. Shlafer, accepts the award on her behalf).

The award recognizes exceptional research mentors who are assistant professors, using nominations provided by the mentees themselves. Nominees are evaluated based on the research guidance they provided as well as their interpersonal and motivational skills, promotion of career development, mentor training record, and NIH biosketch.

Dr. Shlafer is an Assistant Professor with the University’s Department of Pediatrics, and has mentored 19 individuals over the past six years. 

Her research focuses on understanding the developmental outcomes of children and families with multiple risk factors. She is particularly interested in children with parents in prison, as well as the programs and policies that impact families affected by incarceration

Letters nominating Dr. Shlafer for the award were full of praise for her dedication, integrity, energy, passion, professionalism, approachability, and scientific knowledge.

Following are excerpts from these letters, which were written by individuals ranging from Dr. Shlafer’s mentees to the head of her division:

“Dr. Shlafer, even at this early stage in her career trajectory, creates opportunities for others. She leads by example, is guided by principle, and believes deeply that opening doors to others is an integral part of a satisfying academic career.”

“Dr. Shlafer gives everything she has in every endeavor she undertakes, and she is one of those very rare people who somehow makes everyone else want to do their best as well.”

“Dr. Shlafer conducts herself with such integrity that she has become known in the community as a scholar of the highest standards. She is truly a role model for how to be an effective community-engaged scholar and how to work with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.” 

“I look up to Dr. Shlafer as a mentor and as a scientist. As I look toward my own academic future, there is no one I would like to emulate more than Dr. Shlafer.”

Dr. Shlafer received $500 for this honor.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Shlafer!

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