Ralph L. Sacco Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor Award

The Ralph L. Sacco Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor Award recognizes the outstanding achievements in the mentoring of future generations of researchers in the field of cerebrovascular disease. Although recipients are expected to be successful physician scientists, the award recognizes mentorship rather than scientific accomplishment, emphasizing the training experiences and successes of the nominee’s mentees, not the mentor’s personal career achievements. The award acknowledges the successful development of mentees who will also go on to become independent physician scientists, ultimately shaping the future of the field. For the purpose of this award, mentoring refers to the process of guiding, supporting and promoting the training and career development of others. Award recipients will be individuals who have actively engaged in sustained efforts aimed at the mentoring of trainees in the field of stroke.


Nomination must be e-mailed no later than Wednesday, August 7, 2024.


The nominee must meet the following criteria to be considered for this award:

  • Current Fellow of the Stroke Council at the time of nomination
  • Nominees may include basic, clinical or translational researchers working in the field of cerebrovascular disease. They should have a record of successfully mentoring researchers in the field of cerebrovascular disease over time.
  • Mentees should be actively involved in research, teaching, mentoring, community activities or other leadership activities in the field of cerebrovascular disease.
  • Nominated by a Member of the Stroke Council who is/are mentee(s) of the nominee who have personal knowledge and first-hand experience of the nominee’s mentoring efforts.
  • Previous recipients of this award are ineligible.

How to Nominate a Candidate / Required Documents

  • The nominator(s) will personally inform their candidate that he/she has been nominated for this award and confirm their willingness to accept the award if selected.
  • Two formal nomination letters, one of which must be from a current or prior mentee, summarizing the nominee’s impact on the training/careers of his/her mentees, and stating why this person should receive the Outstanding Mentor in Stroke Research Award.
  • One additional supporting letter can be submitted.
  • A current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography.
  • A list of current and prior mentees, their current positions, and their accomplishments.


  • Complimentary conference registration
  • Receive $2,000 honorarium plus nominal reimbursement for travel expenses to attend the conference
  • Framed certificate

Nomination materials must be sent via e-mail no later than Wednesday, August 7, 2024. Nominations and/or support letters arriving after this date cannot be considered and hard copies of the materials will not be accepted.

Send all materials in one e-mail to:
Ashley Savage at [email protected]