At a ceremony on April 2, 2012, Michael Brenner was one of 20 recipients of the 2011 Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship. The award recognizes exceptional faculty mentorship and demonstrates that UAB is a university that values the commitment to excellence in mentorship that is exhibited by its faculty, says Bryan Noe, Ph.D. dean of the Graduate School. “This award recognizes faculty who have been outstanding mentors, advisors and role models to the students and trainees with whom they have worked,” Noe says.
An excerpt from one of Dr. Brenner’s nomination letters stated “Rather than giving me simple answers to questions in study, research and even life, he has always tried to teach me how to find it. In other words, he favored my encountering big challenges in order to teach me how to trouble shoot effectively.
Dr. Brenner is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and McKnight Brain Institute.