Dr. Kara Bernstein awarded Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award

The Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments. Dr. Bernstein was selected as one of the Junior Scholar Awardees that included faculty who, by virtue of the exceptional quality of their early contributions, have demonstrated great potential as scholars and have achieved some international standing. Candidates for this award must have received their highest degree no more than 12 years before the time of nomination.

Kara's award notes that she previously receveid the Stand Up to Cancer Innovation Grant and the 2016 American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, signaling her place as a young scientist of note who regularly is invited to speak at national and international conferences. "Kara is one of the most exceptional and talented young scientists that I have encountered throughout my career as a cancer researcher," writes one peer in support of her nomination, which another said: "[Kara] is a delight to interact with, engaging and excited about not just her own science but everything else going on around her. She is clearly on a trajectory that will ensure prominence in this field in the years to come."

Chancellor Gallagher's letter added its own praise for her accomplishements: "Your strong work ethic, promoting quality and timely research, can be seen in your 23 peer-reviewed publications, six review articles, and an impressive record of grant awards for your research...An effective mentor and teacher to a diverse range of students, from post-doctoral fellows to high school students from minority and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, you have successfully integrated your mentorship and the productive operations of your laboratory, [with] a number of your students contributing to papers published from your laboratory."

For the full list of awardees please visit the Pitt Chronicle website.