2022-23 PAICE Program seed funding awards announced

Congratulations to two University postdocs on their seed grant being awarded through the PAICE program! Mohana Kuppuswamy Parthasarathy, from the Department of Psychology, and Daniel Haden, from the Department of Physics, are collaborating on the proposal: Development of a comprehensive Amblyopic Aniseikonia test in a dichoptic system. Congrats to these two outstanding members of our University community!

Mohana Kuppuswamy Parthasarathy


MohanaMohana Kuppuswamy Parthasarathy is an Optometrist from India. She is doing her postdoctoral fellowship with Michael Webster in the Department of Psychology. Her current research is focused on visual adaptation with multifocal contact lenses and medical images. Her areas of research interest include visual adaptation, perceptual learning, medical imaging and community health.

Daniel Haden


Daniel HadenDaniel Haden is a physicist who earned his degree from the University of Nebraska in the generation of x-ray radiation from short-pulse lasers. His research interests include high-intensity lasers, computational physics and high energy density physics. Currently, Daniel is researching electron-ion equilibration in warm-dense-matter in a postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Thomas White in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

UNRPA wins Burroughs Wellcome Fund award

Postdocs are highly trained experts but can sometimes struggle to transition to fulfilling careers that leverage both their skills and intellectual curiosity. Following the launch of the University of Nevada, Reno Postdoctoral Association (UNRPA) and their trialing of a successful one-day career workshop, we are excited to announce that they have won a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees Award! This award will allow the UNRPA to run a semester-long Postdoctoral Academic and Industry Career Empowerment (PAICE) program tailored specifically to postdoc needs.

UNRPA Executive Board

This program will educate about how to make the most of postdoctoral training; provide a deep dive on the transition from training to academic faculty or fulfilling industry careers with guidance from experts; and build a collaborative research network to provide support during this period of training and onwards through their careers – including nurturing these networks with interdisciplinary postdoc-to-postdoc seed grants. This award advances the UNRPA's mission to empower postdocs to become bold and effective leaders in academia, industry and community.

Postdoctoral Award for Exceptional Mentoring

Meet Katelyn McDonough, 2022 Postdoc Mentoring Awardee

Katelyn McDonough smiling while sitting next to a microscope

Katelyn McDonough is the 2022 recipient of the Postdoctoral Award for Exceptional Mentoring. She demonstrates an outstanding ability to balance excellence in mentoring along with excellence in research and scholarship, including strengths in collaborative efforts, publication, and presentation records. Katelyn is an excellent role model for students and has supervised over 90 undergraduate and graduate students throughout the course of her career. Her nominators for this award noted "She is patient and giving with her time and works to elevate those around her". For her outstanding mentorship, Katelyn was honored at this year's Honor the Best Ceremony.

Katelyn is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. As an archaeologist, Katelyn looks at material remains to investigate past relationships between people, diet, health, and ecosystems in western North America over the past 14,000 years. During her postdoc, Katelyn is working with plants, parasites, coprolites (ancient feces), and tools from archaeological sites in Nevada and Oregon to understand what people’s lives and environments were like in the past.

This summer Katelyn is partnering with Dr. Geoffrey Smith and graduate student Richie Rosencrance, both from the University of Nevada, Reno, and University of Oregon archaeologist Dennis Jenkins to lead an archaeological field school in central Oregon. Field school gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience doing archaeological fieldwork and enhances their understanding of the Great Basin’s natural and cultural history. This will be Katelyn’s tenth year teaching the field school and she looks forward to many more seasons ahead. Katelyn enjoys working with students in classroom, lab, and field settings, and views mentorship as one of the most fulfilling aspects of working in academia.

About the Postdoctoral Award for Exceptional Mentoring

The Graduate School’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the University of Nevada, Reno’s Mentoring Award for Postdoctoral Scholars. Postdocs play a vital role in our research, teaching, and outreach missions here at UNR and exceptional postdocs can play a transformative role in developing the next generation of researchers.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs annually seeks nominations for exceptional UNR postdocs who dedicate time, energy, and effort to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. The Postdoctoral Award for Exceptional Mentoring recipient receives a one-time honorarium of $1,000 and a certificate of achievement presented at the “Honor the Best” ceremony.

Nominations are evaluated on the quality and impact of the postdoc’s mentoring contributions, so specific examples are encouraged with particular attention to the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated record of mentoring and serving as a role model for students.
  • Ability to balance excellence in mentoring with excellence in research and scholarship, including strengths in collaborative efforts, publication, and presentation records.
  • Contribution toward supporting traditionally underrepresented groups within the postdoc’s discipline.

Questions? Contact Loren Pietsch, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives at lpietsch@unr.edu