The Graduate Student Council and the Office of Graduate Studies are pleased to announce that Professor Gregory Holmes is a recipient of the 2011 Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award. The Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award is awarded annually to members of the Dartmouth faculty who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering the professional and personal development of graduate students.
One of this year’s two recipients, Gregory Holmes, is a professor of neurology and pediatrics and the Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Director of the Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth Medical School. His main research is concerned with the prevention and treatment of epilepsy.
Though there were several worthy faculty nominees, Dr. Holmes stood out due to the numerous letters of recommendation that were submitted on his behalf from his students. One such student, Sabrina Taylor, spoke of the qualities that make Dr. Holmes such a desirable mentor.
“Besides seeing me through my time as a graduate student, he demonstrates a keen interest in helping me succeed in the long-run,” comments Taylor. “He provided me with insights into the type of work I need to complete in order to get where I would like to go.”
A fourth-year graduate student in Holmes’s lab, Amanda Hernan, spoke of Dr. Holmes’s ability to combine both the clinical aspects of his laboratory research with practical interaction with patients. After switching labs during her second year of graduate school, Hernan recalls Holmes’s efforts to promote her personal development as a scientist through clinical research that has clear applicability to the study of epilepsy.
“Dr. Holmes is not only an outstanding clinician, but he is also a dedicated researcher,” says Hernan. “He exemplifies the type of translational ‘bench-to-bedside’ research that the PEMM program was designed to accomplish.”
Marcella Lucas, a third-year student within the PEMM program who works in Dr. Holmes’s lab, described the instrumental help that Holmes provided in helping her prepare for academic conferences and publication.
“I was fortunate enough to speak at the University of Vermont’s ‘Neuroscience, Health and Behavior’ Forum this past January, and my research is already under second review in a top journal,” says Lucas. “This is largely due to Greg Holmes’s motivation, optimism, and support.”
Learn more about past Faculty Mentoring Award Winners.
by Erin O’Flaherty
photo by Wes Whitaker
photo: Marcella Lucas and Dr. Holmes