International Breast Cancer and Nutrition

Susan Bulkeley Butler Leadership Excellence Award

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Leadership Excellence Award was established by International Breast Cancer and Nutrition (IBCN) and Purdue alumna Susan Bulkeley Butler in 2011. The award is to recognize the individuals who distinguished themselves by providing exceptional mentorship to women students/scientists in the field of breast cancer regardless of disciplines. The nominee will have an outstanding track record of mentorship in supporting, encouraging, and promoting women students/scientists in their research, education, professional and personal development.


We invite you to nominate candidates from around the world to receive this unique honor. If you would like to nominate someone, please send a complete CV of the candidate and a letter describing how the candidate has been outstanding in mentoring his or her women students/scientists to have a fulfilling education and successful professional and career development. Try to give specific examples and stories. The following are some of the qualities that can contribute to good mentoring and which we are seeking in candidates: 

  • Giving advice and guidance in mentees’ research

  • Cultivating an effective environment for research and scholarship

  • Developing mentee’s research skills and teaching ability

  • Sponsoring mentees in the academic/professional community

  • Being a successful role model

  • Supporting mentee’s personal development

  • Providing long-term commitment to mentoring

The award will be given on a yearly basis, if an awardee is identified, at the International Breast Cancer Prevention Symposium. The awardee will be invited to give a lecture at the symposium. The award comes with a plaque and a personalized gift.  Previous recipients of the award include:

  • (2011) Mina J. Bissell (Distinguished Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • (2012) Dorothy Teegarden (Associate Dean for Research, Human Health Sciences, Purdue University)
  • (2013) Beatrice Wiafe Addai (C.E.O., Peace and Love Hospital, President, Breast Care International)
  • (2014) Nahla Hwalla (Dean, Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences, American University of Beirut)

The award is made possible thanks to the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders. The Institute “was founded as a “power center” for resources related to women and leadership, serving as a clearinghouse for research, training, coaching and mentoring to develop leadership potential and helping women make bold changes to improve their lives.

Please send your nomination letter and the completed CV of the candidate to Kris Swank at by May 18, 2015.





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