Mentorship Award

The ASTRO Mentorship Awards recognize extraordinary role models in radiation oncology who have excelled as mentors by demonstrating outstanding commitment to the professional development of their mentees as clinicians, educators and researchers. The awards seek to recognize and promote the work of mentors in radiation oncology. Mentors play a critical role in the development of the next generation of radiation oncologists and radiation scientists. The Mentorship Awards signal the commitment of ASTRO to fostering the careers of the next generation of radiation oncology professionals by recognizing individuals who have dedicated their time, energy and expertise to advance the careers of others.

Congratulations to the inaugural ASTRO Mentorship Award recipients

Congratulations to Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, FASTRO, University of Michigan, and Charles Thomas Jr., MD, FASTRO, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Jagsi and Dr. Thomas will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 25 at the ASTRO Annual Meeting in San Antonio.


Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, FASTRO
University of Michigan


Charles Thomas Jr., MD, FASTRO
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Award winners will receive the following recognition and benefits:

  • Recognition at the ASTRO Awards Ceremony during the ASTRO Annual Meeting
  • Award Plaque
  • Complimentary ASTRO Annual Meeting Registration
  • Invitation to the President’s Reception during the ASTRO Annual Meeting

Nomination Requirements

Nominations must be submitted by a colleague or mentee with personal knowledge of the nominee’s mentoring activities.

Eligibility Criteria for Nominees

  • Must be an ASTRO member at the time of nomination submission
  • Must have had a record of sustained mentoring of multiple individuals over time

Nomination Process

Below is a list of required documents (pdf format) to be submitted by email to the mentorship award committee by the nomination deadline. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered for review.

  • Nominee’s NIH-style Biosketch
  • List of nominee’s mentees including name, position during mentorship period, years of mentorship, current position
  • A minimum of two and maximum of four letters of recommendation from mentees of the nominee over the past 20 years. Letters must be dated and signed (2-page limit per letter). The letter should explain the qualities the mentor exhibited and the impact on the mentee’s academic and/or professional development

The nomination requires providing answers to the following questions within the letters of recommendation:

  1. What has the nominee done to guide, support, and promote training and development of their mentees?
  2. What distinguishes the nominee from other outstanding mentors?

Number of Awards and Selection Criteria

Up to two Mentorship Awards will be awarded. Nominations will be evaluated based on the overall strength of the nomination and on how the nominee exemplified elements including, but not limited to:

  • Concern and support for mentees career development
  • Exhibiting positive role modeling
  • Offering professional guidance
  • Supporting career growth and development
  • Demonstrating a long-term commitment to mentorship
  • Impact of mentees on the field

Questions? Email us.