The recipient of the 2021 IUPUI Outstanding Graduate and Professional Student Mentor award is Dr. Matthew Allen, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology in the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Allen studies the tissue-level mechanisms responsible for musculoskeletal integrity in health and disease, and how pharmaceutical intervention influences skeletal properties.
His nomination lauded his personalized mentoring, mentoring beyond his own lab, and innovative approaches to mentoring: “Dr. Matt Allen persistently advocates and supports his mentees with their professional development and well-being at the core of his holistic mentoring approach. Dr. Allen is keenly aware that mentoring students should not occur with a one-size-fits-all approach, and he draws upon his own experiences and training to develop an environment that fosters scientific creativity and independence strengthening his trainees’ ability to perform successfully in science and academia.”