Mentoring Awards

The MHRC Training Program relies on dedicated mentors who go above and beyond to help guide young investigators in the field of health disparities research.

The MHRC invites students, scholars, alumni, and MHRC Research Award recipients to nominate candidates for the Excellence in Mentoring Award. The $500 award recognizes faculty members who not only have provided outstanding mentoring but have contributed substantially to the career development and retention of students and scholars.

Faculty members eligible for consideration are those who mentor an undergraduate or graduate student, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty scholars, or grant recipients. Previous Excellence in Mentoring Award recipients are eligible to be nominated again, to encourage continued excellence. Three mentors will be selected to receive this award to be presented at the annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium.

Please use the nomination form to nominate your mentor. Send nominations to Ann Smith at

Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipients

Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP - UAB                        
for mentoring J. Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD           

Roberta M. Troy, PhD - Tuskegee University
for mentoring Devin Jacob and the Tuskegee University Summer Cancer Research Training Program participants

Danielle K. Powell, MD, MSPH - UAB    
for mentoring Edinam Kokutse

Turner Overton, MD - UAB School of Medicine
for mentoring Ricardo Franco, MD

Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez, PhD – UAB School of Arts and Sciences
for mentoring Jonathan Casiano
Monika Safford, MD – UAB School of Medicine
for mentoring Haiyan Qu, PhD

Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH – UAB School of Medicine
for mentoring Amanda Willig, PhD
John C. Higgenbotham, PhD, MPH – UA Department of Community and Rural Medicine
for mentoring Leah Yerby, PhD
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD – UAB School of Health Professions
for mentoring Krista Casazza, PhD, RD

Felix Aikhionbare, PhD – Morehouse School of Medicine
for mentoring Gregory Adams, Jr.
Linda Moneyham, DNS, RN, FAAN – UAB School of Nursing
for mentoring Comfort Enah, PhD and Carrie Ann Long Gakumo, PhD
Nefertiti Durant, MD, MPH – UAB Department of Pediatrics
for mentoring Chelsea Marion

Maja Altarac, MDMPH, PhD – UAB Health Care Organization & Policy
for mentoring Keokunthea Dy, MPH 
Upender Manne, MS, PhD – UAB Pathlogy
for mentoring Harvey L. Bumpers, MD, FACS
Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN – UAB School of Nursing
for mentoring Angela Jukkala, PhD, RN

David B. Allison, PhD – UAB Biostatistics
for mentoring Olivia Thomas, PhD
Jose Fernandez, PhD – UAB Nutrition Sciences-Physiology & Metabolism
for mentoring Akilah Dulun Keita, PhD, Krista Casazza, PhD, Dana Marie Thomas, PhD and Jennifer Williams
Sheri Spaine Long, PhD – UAB Foreign Languages
for mentoring Lorena Vasquez

Edward W. Hook, MD – UAB Medicine
for mentoring Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD
James A. Mobley, PhD – UAB Surgery
for mentoring Senait Asmellash, PhD
Isabel Scarinci, Phd, MPH – UAB Preventive Medicine
for mentoring Lorena Loran-Pothuisje