The Presidential M1 Mentorship Award Program

The Office of the Provost and the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering has announced the selection of its 2020 Presidential M1 Mentorship Program Awardees. The four new M1 Mentors comprise a cadre of accomplished faculty members that aims to create a national model for best practices in mentorship of underrepresented racial and ethnic students and faculty in the biomedical sciences. Each M1 Mentor possesses high caliber mentoring experience, a commitment to engage and retain racial and ethnic underrepresented individuals along the biomedical science pipeline, and a record of success in securing research funding.

“I am pleased to welcome the 2020 cohort of M1 Mentors, comprised of yet another talented group of faculty representing UConn and UConn Health. Mentorship is a fundamental component of student success, and I look forward to the positive impact these mentors will have on the UConn community.” said Dr. Laurencin, University Professor and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering.


Kristen Govoni

Kristen Govoni, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science, UConn

Ofer Harel

Ofer Harel, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Statistics, UConn

Sun Luyi

Luyi Sun, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UConn

Gualberto Ruano, M.D., Ph.D.

 Assistant Professor, Connecticut Convergence Institute & Department of Psychiatry, UConn Health

Former M1 Mentors