Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
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University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Dr. Majewska’s trainees praised her diverse yet effective mentoring approaches, including direct trainee mentoring, proactive efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, her efforts to help trainees overcome systemic barriers in science, and her facilitation of work-life balance. From the inception of her faculty career, she has developed programs within her department to benefit the mentorship and well-being of students. She has championed diversity in all forms, and proactively recruited and set up an environment to retain women, individuals with disabilities, individuals from underrepresented groups, and students who comprise groups with a multitude of different perspectives. Her goal as a mentor is to be a model for the qualities that she believes her trainees should strive for, including honesty, curiosity, creativity, and fearlessness. Dr. Majewska's research uses advanced imaging techniques to study the structure and function of single cells in networks in the intact brain. The goal of her work is to understand structural and functional changes occurring at synapses during plasticity elicited by sensory stimuli.