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Eleanor Sterling Receives Mentoring Award

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Museum scientist Eleanor Sterling has been chosen as a recipient of this year’s Faculty Mentoring Award at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sterling, who is the director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, serves as the director of graduate studies and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia.

The award honors excellence in mentoring Ph.D. students, and recipients are chosen by representatives from the graduate student body. In the words of one graduate student who nominated Sterling, “Eleanor is consistently available to students, whether that means answering questions about an assignment or reading last-minute drafts of a proposal. Truly not a student in the department has remained untouched by her tremendous generosity of time, advice, and career and thesis support.”

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award,” says Sterling, “particularly given that it comes from the students. Teachers and mentors were instrumental to many important turning points in my life, and I am pleased to now serve in that role myself.”

Sterling, a conservation biologist with over 25 years of field research in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, has conducted surveys, behavioral research, and ecological studies of primates, whales, sea turtles, and other animals. She will formally receive the award at Columbia’s Ph.D. Convocation on Sunday, May 13.