Established in 2019, the goal of this awards program is to celebrate staff excellence in the humane care and use of animals in research within the University of Michigan (U-M) Animal Care & Use Program and the U-M animal research community.
Two awards are distributed each year to one member of each of the following:
- U-M Animal Care & Use Program — including the Animal Care & Use Office and the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, and the
- U-M animal research community
Awards are typically administered during the academic fall semester. Award recipients receive a $200.00 honorarium, commemorative plaque, and recognition across the entire U-M research enterprise.
Criteria for Consideration
Eligible nominees must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:
Excellence in Animal Welfare —
Excellence in Outreach and Education —
Excellence in Innovation and Collaboration —
- Current U-M students (undergraduate or graduate) and staff with a minimum of one year of institutional service in animal care and/or use*
- Must be a current U-M employee at the time of award selection
* Please note: this excludes AFSCME, temporary students and staff, and all faculty.
Nomination packets must include:
- Completed nomination form in UMMS Competition Space, which requires a narrative (minimum 250 words) describing, in reasonable detail, the nominee's contributions related to the elected criteria described above
- At least one, but not more than three, letters of support detailing the specific contributions to excellence made by the nominee. Letters of support must not be more than a single-typed page in length
Previous Award Winners
Hadrian Kinnear, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, was named the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Research Animal Care & Use Award in 2019.
Working alongside Dr. Ariella Shikanov from the Biomedical Engineering Department, Hadrian studies the reproductive consequences of testosterone administration for female-to-male gender transition.
He has also collaborated with experts in Obstetrics & Gynecology to turn a simple idea into a robust and well-refined animal model, which led to his nomination for this award.
Hadrian also serves as a peer mentor for his fellow graduate students who have said, “Hadrian has gone above and beyond teaching me and others in the lab… he ensures that everyone he trains understands why we do certain steps and always puts the health of the animal(s) first. He is always ready to assist when evaluating the best way to do a procedure or evaluating an animal’s behavior, which is an invaluable asset to our lab.”
Congratulations on receiving this well-deserved award, Hadrian!