UAMS’ Alan Diekman, Ph.D., Receives National Mentoring Award

By Linda Satter

Diekman is a professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Urology.

The foundation recognized him May 14 at its annual meeting in New Orleans as one of a handful of recipients of the 2022 Research Awards of Distinction, which acknowledge outstanding contributions to urology research and recognize the dedication of exemplary research mentors and the efforts of talented early-career scholars.

The Distinguished Mentor Award was established in 2003 to recognize researchers and physician scientists who have an outstanding track record of fostering the next generation of research by continually providing an excellent training environment and guidance to early-career investigators.

“Since the inception of the American Urological Association’s Summer Medical Student Fellowship program, Dr. Alan Diekman and the Arkansas Urologic Society have been national leaders in engaging medical students in urologic research,” said Timothy Langford, M.D., professor and chair of the UAMS Department of Urology. “Dr. Diekman’s dedication and leadership have been instrumental in starting and sustaining this program, which has enriched the education of numerous medical students. His students consider him a caring and enthusiastic mentor.”

“Dr. Diekman is well-regarded as one of the best educators at UAMS,” said Kevin Raney, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. “He is also an excellent scientist with broad expertise. In addition to graduate students, he routinely hosts medical students in his research lab where his focus is on molecular mechanisms in reproductive biology.”

Raney added, “Dr. Diekman works directly with students. His knowledge and his research area are attractive to students with interests in urology, but it is the personal interactions with the students that makes him a great mentor. Dr. Diekman’s receipt of the Distinguished Mentor Award is a tribute to his dedication to the teaching and research missions of UAMS.”

“I was honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” Diekman said. “I owe a great deal of gratitude to my own mentors, both formal and informal, who have guided and advised me during my career. Their example instilled me with a commitment to the training of the next generation of scientific investigators. I am also thankful for a wonderful group of research trainees whose intellectual curiosity and energy are an inspiration.”

Diekman was also honored at the College of Medicine Honors Convocation on May 20, where he received his ninth consecutive and 10th overall Golden Apple Award from the freshman class. In 2020, he received the COM Master Teacher Award.

 

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