2010 Mentoring Award

Award for Excellence in Mentoring 2010:
Dr. Denise Haynie and Dr. Mahtab Moayeri


The Bethesda chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) honored two members of the NIH community with its annual Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The awards were presented to Dr. Denise Haynie and Dr. Mahtab Moayeri on March 16 at the National Library of Medicine at the AWIS seminar on Policy, Program and Review.

Dr. Haynie has coordinated the Intramural Research Training Award program for pre-doctoral fellows within the Prevention Research Branch (PRB) of the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for the past ten years. She was presented the mentoring award for her excellence at identifying and recruiting exceptional new summer interns and post-baccalaureate and pre-doctoral fellows to the PRB each year. Denise ensures that fellows have challenging work that develops the skills they will need as students and independent researchers. She provides appropriate guidance for difficult assignments to promote learning and success, helping interns understand how to utilize their new skills and knowledge. She helps the fellows recognize their strengths, focus their interests, and articulate their experiences in ways that translate into success in competitive graduate programs. She is always available to listen and advise interns regarding difficult professional and personal situations or conflicts that arise. In her interactions with fellows, Denise provides an excellent role model for professional behavior, interpersonal skills, and problem solving. She devotes substantial time and effort to ensuring that they have a great and productive experience, while facilitating the work of the PRB. She does this with patience, humor, and a true commitment to high quality mentorship.

Dr. Moayeri, a passionate, highly productive scientist with over 40 scientific publications, was presented the award for mentoring and supervising post-doctoral fellows, technicians, and post-baccalaureate students equally well. She currently is a staff scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the NIH Animal Care and Use Committee. While she guides and inspires, she successfully teaches her mentees to work and think independently, laying the groundwork for them to become successful scientists. Generally, her students are first-authors on multiple publications, and are accepted to prestigious graduate programs. Dr. Moayeri has the unique gift to adjust her mentoring according to the mentees’ needs, and significantly contributes to their decision process for choosing the best graduate program. She is always available, often rearranging her own schedule to avoid delaying meetings and discussions with them, and treats them to lunches and dinners frequently.

AWIS-Bethesda is generously supported by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, the Office of Community Liaison, and the National Library of Medicine.

Connelly and Haynie

Dr. Denise Haynie receives the Award for Excellence in Mentoring from AWIS representative Patricia Connelly.