Benos Early Career Prof. Service Award

2019 Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Awardee


Carmen De Miguel, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Carmen De Miguel has been actively involved in numerous service, mentoring and outreach activities within the APS, other professional societies and within her institution. Her efforts are particularly targeted toward promoting minority and underrepresented groups in science.

Dr. De Miguel spearheads the science outreach efforts of the Section of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine within UAB’s Division of Nephrology, and organizes and coordinates the annual Physiology Understanding (PhUn) week visits to three inner city elementary schools in Birmingham. Her efforts coordinating and leading a group of ~25 volunteer scientists reach more than 300 students every year, most of them from minority backgrounds and low socioeconomic status. As a Hispanic scientist, Dr. De Miguel is particularly devoted to being a role model for students from minority groups. Every year, she volunteers as a mentor in UAB’s summer undergraduate research program (KURE), where she often serves as mentor of Hispanic students. She is also passionate about promoting the participation of women in the STEM field, and she volunteers as a mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences (NEXXT and 1,000 girls, 1,000 futures programs).

Dr. De Miguel’s commitment to the promotion of physiology led her to serve on the APS Education and Communications committees, and she was also a member of the trainee advocacy committee in the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis section. In addition, she is currently serving as a member of the Trainee Advisory Committee in the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension. She also volunteers as an instructor for the APS Online Professional Skills courses and regularly reviews materials for the APS Life Science Teaching Resource Community (LifeSciTRC). In addition to serving APS at the national level, she is also a board member in the Birmingham Physiology Network, a local affiliate of the APS. As a board member, she helped in the organization of several symposia and career panels to promote physiology in the local Birmingham community.

Currently an Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. De Miguel has already established herself as a leader in professional service. The APS Trainee Advisory Committee is honored to present the 2019 Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award to Dr. De Miguel and looks forward to seeing what she will accomplish in the future.

APS congratulates Dr. Carmen De Miguel on this well-deserved recognition.