Faculty Mentoring Awards

Established in 2006, the Faculty Mentoring Awards, sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, recognize outstanding faculty members who go the extra mile to guide, mentor and teach. Each year the Council recognizes three recipients with an award of $5,000 each in the categories of faculty-to-undergraduate student mentoring, faculty-to-graduate student mentoring and faculty-to-junior faculty mentoring.

2021-2022 Winners

Virginie Papadopoulou
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Virginie Papadopoulou, Ph.D., joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill as a Research Assistant Professor in 2017. Her current research focuses on refining ultrasonic imaging in decompression sickness; using oxygen microbubbles to control tumors and improve radiotherapy; and enhancing topical drugs using contrast agents. Dr. Papadopoulou received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Imperial College London.

Elizabeth Olson
Chair, Department of Geography and Global Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Olson is a Professor of Geography and Global Studies, and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her current research engages themes of inequality, justice, and care through the experiences of adolescents and young adults who are caregivers to family members with chronic illness, disability, or other medical conditions. Dr. Olson received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado.

Tanya Garcia
Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Dr. Tanya Garcia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics. Garcia’s passion for biostatistics was discovered at University while developing statistical models to show the progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's and Alzheimer's disease. As a faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Garcia is passionate about empowering trainees to tackle obstacles without judgment or fear. Dr. Garcia received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A&M University.


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Year Faculty to Undergraduate Student Faculty to Graduate Student Faculty to Junior Faculty
2019-20 Debra Murray, Health Education Donald Raleigh, History Pamela Lothspeich, Asian Studies
2018-19 Maria Ferris, Pediatrics Oswaldo Estrada, Romance Studies Allen Anderson, Music
2017-18 Irving Hoffman, Medicine Karen McCulloch, Allied Health Sciences Marcia Van Riper, Nursing
2016-17 Michele Berger, Women’s and Gender Studies Mark Fraser, Social Work M. Gregory Forest, Mathematics
2015 Christopher Armitage, English and Comparative Literature Daniel Riffe, Media and Journalism Susan Girdler, Psychiatry
2014 Kelly Hogan, Biology Donna Gilleskie, Economics Giselle Corbie-Smith, Social Medicine
2013 Sherryl Kleinman, Sociology Jeanne Moskal, English and Comparative Literature Silvia Tomaskova, Anthropology