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Clinical/Laboratory Research Professional Award
Nominations due: Oct. 27, 2021 (before midnight)

Many of our UC College of Medicine staff serve our research mission in a way that vastly transforms productivity and drives the research enterprise. To recognize this service the CoM Office of Research is soliciting nominations for the Clinical Research Professional Award and the Laboratory Research Professional Award. A single award will be presented to each a clinical and a laboratory research employee who, in the opinion of the CoM research leadership, shows an outstanding commitment to advancing the CoM research mission. The recipients of this recognition will be honored with an award of $1,000.

These are two separate and distinct awards. Applicants should further review the Clinical Research Professional RFA or the Laboratory Research Professional RFA for specific information unique to each award. Nominations should be submitted electronically through the submission portal. Questions should be sent to Brieanne Sheehan

Application requirements for either award

To be considered, the nominating application must be in the form of a single pdf that includes the following:

  • Cover sheet (include name, email address, professional title, department, and contact information of those who provided a recommendation),
  • A letter of recommendation from CoM faculty supervisor (not to exceed two pages),
  • Nominee’s CV Clinical CV Example and Laboratory CV Example)
    • Optional: Include a table with the following information for which more detail is given in the CV and which includes only work for a UC CoM principal investigator: number of years of service, publications/manuscripts, poster presentations, oral presentations, clinical trials, UC, national, or international committees.
    • Optional: Include a paragraph of self-assessment (1/2-page limit) that would describe your contribution and why you deserve the award.
  • Optional: Up to three additional letters of recommendation (not necessarily from CoM employees; each letter not to exceed two pages).

This award was conceived and is administered by our research professionals including faculty and staff. This award is funded by the CoM Office of Research and your donations. Please consider donating to the CoM Research Professional Award Fund so that we may continue to honor our research professionals. Give today!


2020 Research Professional Awardees

Clinical Research Professional Awardee

photo of Elizabeth Kopras
ElizabethKopras, PhD, BA

Nominated by: Francis X. McCormack, MD, Patricia Joseph, MD, Nishant Gupta, MD, Robert Burkes, MD

Elizabeth (Kope) Kopras has been at the University of Cincinnati since 1992, supporting research in Cardiology, Digestive Disease, Environmental Health, and (currently) Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine.  Her institutional knowledge and years of research participation are put to use facilitating scientific projects for fellows and faculty. She helps them navigate their way through a project, from research design and funding applications to operationalizing the study and publishing the data. Kope connects her scientists with other experts who help them conduct research that will change the way we understand diseases, with the goal of improving health outcomes. These experts include patients and their families.  She enjoys reporting scientific discoveries back to the people who are impacted by the disease.

Laboratory Research Professional Awardee

photo of Sarah Anthony
Sarah Anthony, BS

Nominated by: Michael Tranter, Ph.D., Phil Owens, Ph.D., Lisa Green

Sarah Anthony is a Senior Research Assistant in Dr. Mike Tranter’s lab in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease. Sarah graduated from UC’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and worked as a research assistant in multiple departments before joining Dr. Tranter’s lab in 2012. The primary goal of the Tranter lab is to increase our understanding of the RNA binding protein Human Antigen R (HuR) in the setting of cardiometabolic disease. Sarah’s specific research interests involve the role of HuR in brown adipose tissue thermogenesis and crosstalk between adipose and cardiac tissues, work that recently garnered her two first-author publications. In addition, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the lab, including managing the animal colony, assisting with writing grant applications and manuscripts and beating the lab’s graduate students in the New York Times daily mini crossword puzzle. She is also currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Molecular Genetics.

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