J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

The Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring recognizes the positive impact Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff have on the lives of students. It was established by J. Bruce Jackson, Adelbert '52, in honor of Dean Carl F. Wittke, who served as an advisor, mentor, and friend to Dr. Jackson when he was an undergraduate student at Western Reserve University.

The Jackson Award celebrates faculty and staff who have guided a student in their academic and career paths; fostered the student's long-term personal development; challenged the student to reflect, explore and grow as an individual; and supported and/or facilitated the student's goals and life choices.

  • Nominations should be submitted online. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 12, 2018.

The winners of the 2017 Jackson Award winners are Jeffrey Garvin, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and Daniel Pendergast, Senior Director of Operations for the Technology Transfer Office.

A student nominator for Garvin said that, "There is not a day in the lab that I don't learn something. Jeff spends a lot of his time at the bench, and is readily available to help us out with any questions or issues we come across. He takes the time to sit down with us and explain concepts. Jeff's mentorship has helped instill in me pride for the work I do in this lab."

Pendergast's nominator reflected that, "As a result of his willingness to guide me to new connections and career options, I now know many people at leading national financial institutions that would make post-collegiate career searching much easier. He consistently went above and beyond what any student employee supervisor would do for their student interns in trying to align me networking opportunities and career options."

Both were honored at the 2017 Commencement exercises on May 21 during the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony.

2017 Jackson Award winners