Department of Human Genetics, Genetic Counseling Program associate director Monica Marvin was recently awarded the Rackham Master’s Mentoring Award in recognition for her career-long excellence guiding genetic counseling students through graduate training. The Rackham Graduate School gives this annual honor to one to two mentors within University of Michigan academic community. Monica has served as an integral part of our training program for 10 years as the clinical director and has provided direct mentorship to our graduate students that has supported their clinical, research and professional endeavors. She also works at the University of Michigan Cancer Genetics Clinic and is actively involved in the Michigan Association of Genetic Counselors (MAGC) and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).
Monica’s nomination dossier for the Master’s Mentoring Award contained many letters of support from our community including current students, graduates of the program, and Monica’s clinical colleagues. From her open door policy to her thoughtful and passionate tenacity for the advancement of the genetic counseling profession, Monica embodies the essential qualities of a genetic counselor mentor and is an example to us all. Congratulations, Monica!