Outstanding Mentor of the Year
To recognize some of our best faculty mentors, the OUR established the STAR Scholars Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award in 2011. STAR Scholars were able to nominate their faculty mentors by submitting an official nomination form and writing a letter explaining why they believed their Mentor deserved the award. These words of gratitude were then incorporated into a personalized letter, signed by Provost Greenberg, for each of the nominated mentors, thanking them for their service.
This year’s Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley (Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences). Dr. Bradley received a plaque engraved with his name, as well as a $1,000 grant to support his further work with undergraduate researchers.
Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley, Chemistry - College of Arts & Sciences
This year’s Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Sriram Balasubramanian (School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems). Dr. Balasubramanian received a plaque engraved with his name, as well as a $1,000 grant to support his further work with undergraduate researchers.
Dr. Sriram Balasubramanian, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems)
Dr. Sriram Balasubramanian joined the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, & Health Systems at Drexel University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2010. He also serves as an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Balasubramanian is the Director of the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory at Drexel University, and his research efforts include studying the structural characteristics of the spine and thoracic cage for pediatric deformities, pediatric head and neck injury research, and developing age-equivalent animal models for pediatric long bones. Dr. Balasubramanian mentors several undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineering students in his lab. He has mentored eight STAR Scholars over the past three years, who have participated in various collaborative projects with researchers from Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems; Drexel University College of Medicine; CHOP; and University of Pennsylvanian - School of Veterinary Medicine.
In Summer 2011, Dr. Balasubramanian was awarded the first ever "Outstanding Mentor of the Year" Award for his work with four STAR Scholars: Rohan Agarwal, Muzammil Hasan, Nathan Lear, and Sona Rathod. He was recognized on behalf of his commitment to the students' academic growth throughout their STAR experiences. The students recognized his "great knowledge, kindness, and connection to the students in the lab" and noted that they are "proud to call him ... professor, mentor and teacher." We recognize Dr. Balasubramanian's commitment to the education of these and other undergraduate students and are proud to have named him the first official Outstanding STAR Mentor of the Year, 2011.