George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award

The George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award recognizes nutrition leaders for their achievements as outstanding research mentors. Named in honor of Dr. George Blackburn, this award celebrates his commitment and generosity to the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation and honors his academic and research mentorship.
Recipients will be awarded each year during a Foundation event at the ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference


  • The nominee must be at least 10 years into his/her research and/or academic career.
  • The nominee's field of inquiry and or mentorship should broadly relate to clinical nutrition and metabolic support.
  • The nominee does not need to be an active member of ASPEN to be eligible.

Nomination Instructions

To nominate a candidate for the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award, please complete the form and include the following additional materials as attachments in one merged PDF document:

  1. Letter of nomination outlining the nominee's research mentoring activities.  Letters should describe the following qualities that make the nominee an outstanding research mentor:
    - How the mentor has actively encouraged inquiry, innovation, and created opportunities for trainees to conduct research.
    - How the mentor has supported and influenced trainees’ educational and career paths (presentation and publication opportunities, planning for continued research and/or graduate studies).
    - Provide examples of inspiration, encouragement, or challenge as well as any other attributes or actions that make this mentor truly exceptional.
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. Completed evaluation forms of at least two mentees of the nominee 
  4. OPTIONAL: Include up to three additional supporting letters. 
Nominators must submit a completed nomination package by July 06, 2018 via email.
Current ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation Board members and the ASPEN President are ineligible during their active terms. 


Nominations will be presented to a committee appointed by the Foundation President. Nominees who do not receive the award will have their nominations maintained for 2 years following initial submission, with an updated CV to be provided each year.  

Congratulations to the 2018 George Blackburn Research Mentorship Awardee:

 John Rombeau 2017

John L. Rombeau, MD, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania 

Click here to view all of the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award Recipients 

In addition to the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award, the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation would like to announce the establishment of a new grant in honor of Dr. George Blackburn focused on nutrition and metabolism. The ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation relies on the generosity of members of the parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition community and friends through their gifts of support. There are many opportunities to aid in the tremendous work of nutrition science. With your help, the establishment of a new grant named in honor of George Blackburn is possible. For more information about Dr. George Blackburn and to find out how you can help fund this prestigious grant, please click here.