Dr. Carol Fierke, Dean of the Rackham School of Graduate studies, presented the award on April 17, 2017 with the following statement:
"Dr. Miriam Meisler is the Myron Levine Distinguished University Professor of Human Genetics and Professor of Neurology in the Medical School. Miriam is a world leader in the use of mouse genetic models to uncover the genetics of epilepsy and other neurological disease. During close to 40 years at Michigan, she has achieved an extraordinary record as a mentor of graduate students. She has served on 75 dissertation committees, and has been mentor and advisor to students who now sit on the faculty at, among other places, Northwestern, Harvard, Case Western, and the University of Michigan. Miriam’s current and former students are unstinting in their praise for her skill and dedication as a mentor. One wrote that “Miriam taught me everything about what it means to be a scientist, from conducting well-controlled experiments down to the smallest details about networking. The amount of time and effort that Miriam devotes to the ever-growing number of current and previous lab members never ceases to amaze me.” Another added that, through Miriam’s mentorship, “I was able to develop the important traits that have sustained me in my career: intellectual discipline, awareness of my own real or potential biases, patience, confidence and persistence.” Miriam also devotes time to the training and advancement of women in science and, for many years, has been mentor to an informal group of junior faculty women that meet monthly. Congratulations to Professor Meisler."