There are many paths to scientific excellence. Jere Mead chose a path that left behind not only excellent research and well-trained scientists, but also good friends. Jere’s style was typified by collegiality, generosity of spirit and, most importantly, active encouragement of challenge and debate from his juniors. Jere’s research was driven by curiosity and animated by strong collaboration with scientists in other disciplines. In order to encourage these values in young investigators, the Mead Fellowship was formed by Jere’s trainees, colleagues and friends, and is awarded to recognize outstanding post-doctoral fellows and students training in respiratory biology.
The Mead Fellowship comes with a monetary award derived from the Mead Endowment and may supplement other sources of training support. Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria.
- Excellence of prior work
- Potential to become an outstanding research scientist and mentor
- Ability to give and take critical input in a collegial fashion
- Evidence of cross-disciplinary collaboration