Awards and recognition

Postdoctoral Award for Exceptional Mentoring

Robert del Carlo, 2023 Postdoc Mentoring Awardee

Robert del CarloRobert del Carlo is the 2023 recipient of the Postdoctoral Award for Exceptional Mentoring. He has demonstrated an excellent record of mentoring throughout his postdoc appointments as well as continuing his own excellence in research and scholarship. He has had far-reaching impacts across several programs on campus and throughout the Northern Nevada community. Robert has mentored nearly 20 undergraduate and graduate students and has been able to build their confidence and independence by taking a tailored approach with each individual student. His nominator stated that Robert "exudes an authenticity, openness, and kindness, along with a gentle confidence, such that people gravitate to him as a leader." Not only has he mentored students through research but also through personal and professional development issues. Specifically, within the EECB graduate program, Robert has helped graduate students navigate issues regarding food insecurity, financial stability, and issues around diversity and inclusion. For his outstanding mentorship, Robert will be honored at the Spring 2023 Honor the Best Ceremony. 

Not only has Robert excelled in his current postdoc position in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences but also in his undergraduate and graduate years at the University. He served many years with ASUN as an undergraduate. In his graduate program, Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, he held several graduate teaching and research assistant positions where he also mentored students. He is a classically trained biophysicist turned bioinformatician. The theme of his research has been the use of precise molecular measurements and advanced computational tools to study the development and consequences of toxin resistance across phyla (snakes, mosquitoes, lice, and wood rats). Congratulations to Robert on this outstanding award!


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 at the University, and exceptional postdocs can play a transformative role in developing the next generation of researchers.

Nominations now open

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs currently seeks nominations for exceptional 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.

Nominations are due March 1, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Loren Pietsch, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives at

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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.