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The Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen
Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award was established to recognize Dr. Bodil
M. Schmidt-Nielsen (1918-2015), the first woman President of the American
Physiological Society, and a distinguished physiologist who made significant
contributions in her field of fluid and electrolyte balance, and renal function.
The first award was presented in 2004 to Clinton Webb, PhD.
The award of $1,000 and a
commemorative plaque will be presented at the annual Experimental Biology
meeting. At the Bodil M. Schmidt-Nelsen Distinguished Mentor and
Scientist Award Lecture and Reception, the
awardee will meet with APS members and young trainee scientists, and present
their perspectives on effective mentoring. This presentation should
highlight the awardee’s philosophy and approach to the mentoring and training of
young physiologists at all stages of their career (undergraduate, graduate,
postdoctoral, early career). The awardee can provide an overview of influences
that were important to their own development as a physiologist, specifically
focusing on how their training and mentors shaped their approach to
The awardee is encouraged to develop their “Top 5 Mentoring
Tips” for trainees to consider as they identify their own mentors and develop
their own style of mentoring. Overall, the goal of the awardee’s presentation is
to highlight how they have fostered the scientific, professional and personal
development of their trainees, and it should provide insight into how they
provide an environment that is exceptionally conducive to education in
The awardee will also be expected to develop their talk
into a Mentoring Forum column for publication in The Physiologist (online
and in print). Awardees will receive reimbursement of expenses incurred in
association with the delivery of their presentation at the Experimental Biology
For more information about Dr. Schmidt-Nielsen’s
achievements, please see the APS Living History Project and an article in
Advances in Physiology Education at:
An article, from the March 2017 issue in The Physiologist, on the first Bodil Schmidt-Nielsen Honorary Symposium held in Copenhagen in September 2016.