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Dr. Yvonne Kapila Receives Award for Research, Mentoring

Ann Arbor, MI — November 30, 2015 — Dr. Yvonne Kapila has been recognized for her research and mentoring by the Michigan Institute of Clinical and Health Research (MICHR).  She received the Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award during an awards ceremony at the 2015 MICHR Mentor Forum.

Kapila, a professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine (POM) at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, received the award that recognizes the achievements of U-M faculty members who consistently demonstrate high quality clinical translational research mentorship and make significant contributions to the U-M research environment.  Kapila was recognized for her efforts to foster the intellectual, creative and professional growth of her students.

“Being a teacher and mentor is one of the most rewarding aspects of being in academics,” Kapila said.  “These special two-way relationships enable us to grow professionally and personally and give us opportunities to inspire the next generation of teachers, clinicians and researchers.” 

Reflecting on her experiences, Kapila said her first mentor was her senior high school history and debate teacher in San Francisco, Sister Rita Marie.  “She took me under her wing, inspired me, and became my guiding light.  That mentor-mentee relationship was pivotal in my quest to attend Stanford, my dream college, and in my decision to go to graduate school, a professional school and ultimately a career in academia,” Kapila added.  “Receiving this award makes me realize I have come full circle.  I embrace being a teacher and mentor.”

Kapila is the second School of Dentistry faculty member to receive the award.  Dr. Nisha D’Silva, a professor in POM received the award in 2013.

Established in 2006, MICHR fosters and enhances clinical and translational research by educating, funding and supporting research teams across the University of Michigan and elsewhere.