Dr. Natascha Merten was awarded the 2021 “Postdoc Excellence in Mentoring Award” from the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association.
“Merten earned her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Bonn in Germany in 2019. In the spring semester of 2017, she was a visiting scholar in the SMPH Department of Population Health Sciences. When she returned for her postdoc, she continued building relationships she’d established during her visit.
During her time as a postdoctoral trainee, Merten has launched and led the Population Health Sciences Postdoctoral Graduate Student Mentoring Committee. The committee organizes regular mentoring sessions and meetings to help build connections between graduate students and postdocs in the department.
Merten says her goal is to give back. During her PhD, postdocs were a great resource for her. Now as a postdoc herself, she wants to encourage graduate students to think critically and gain confidence.” To read the complete article, click here.
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