ARI Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship


The UCSF AIDS Research Institute (ARI) is delighted to announce the launch of two distinct awards this year: the ARI Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching and the ARI Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship. These prestigious awards aim to recognize individuals with official appointments at UCSF who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and service towards advancing the scientific/clinical development and early careers of junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, residents, interns, and/or students working in the field of HIV/AIDS at UCSF. Candidates for the ARI Awards for Outstanding Clinical Teaching and Research Mentorship should be individuals who have shown remarkable commitment to their respective areas, inspiring and nurturing the minds of the next generation.

  • Clinical teaching involves the instruction, guidance, and supervision provided by healthcare professionals to medical students, residents, fellows, and other trainees in clinical settings.
  • Research mentoring involves the guidance, support, and supervision provided by experienced researchers to junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and other early-career researchers engaged in research activities.

Award Details

Each award carries a monetary prize of $5,000 for one year, intended for unrestricted use including salary, equipment, supplies, and travel to further enhance the recipient’s teaching and mentoring endeavors.


This award is open to faculty of any series at the Associate or Full Professor level with a primary UCSF appointment. Past awardees are not eligible.

Nomination Process

Nominations are open to anyone in the campus community, including junior faculty, fellows, interns, residents, and students who have been taught or mentored by the nominee. Nominations are submitted via a simple for man and will include a paragraph detailing the rationale for the nomination as a research mentor or clinical educator.

Submission and Deadline

All nominations must be submitted electronically at the following link by 5:00pm on Friday, May 10th, 2024.

Award Notification

The ARI Leadership Committee and ARI director will review all applications. Nominees and nominators will be notified of the outcome of their nomination by the end of May 2024.

We encourage the UCSF community to nominate deserving individuals who exemplify excellence in clinical teaching or research mentorship, and who are dedicated to advancing HIV/AIDS research and education at UCSF. Let us celebrate and honor those who contribute significantly to the professional growth and development of future leaders in their respective fields.

2020 Awardess

The 2020 Liegler Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship has been jointly awarded to Mallory Johnson, PhD and Priscilla Hsue, MD. ARI is grateful for their continued leadership and the inspiration and guidance they offer to trainees across the university. Thank you and congratulations, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Hsue!

2019 Awardees

The 2019 Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship was granted to Tor Neilands and Satish Pillai.

Drs. Tor Neilands and Satish Pillai

2018 Winners

The 2018 Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship has been granted to both Edwin Charlebois, PhD, MPH, and Melanie Ott, MD, PhD.