Not everyone gets an award named after them
Stephanie Watts, one of the PIs for the Michigan State University BEST Program, received the honor of having an award named after her, Stephanie Watts Career Development Award. This award supports young investigators working in hypertension and cardiovascular research and is sponsored by an American Heart Association subcommittee, Council on Hypertension’s Trainee Advocacy Committee.
Dr. Watts has been an active member of the Council on Hypertension, advocating for the needs of many of the trainees associated with the Council. She is also a co-founder of the Trainee Advocacy Committee, and served as chair from 2005 – 2007. As part of her work with the Council, she assisted in setting-up the Hypertension Summer School that helped trainees to become highly skilled hypertension researchers.
In a 2014 interview, Dr. Watt’s desire to help students and be a good mentor is evident. She believes that one of the roles of a scientist is being a mentor, and she works hard to make sure she is good at both.
When I asked Dr. Watts how it felt to have an award named after you she replied