26 May 2020

HBS Professors Win Wyss Awards for Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students


Robin Ely and Kate Barasz

BOSTON—Two Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty members, Professor Robin Ely and Assistant Professor Kate Barasz, will each receive one of the 13th annual Wyss Awards for Excellence in Mentoring for their work with students in the Doctoral Programs.

Additionally, Lakshmi Ramarajan, Anna Spangler Nelson and Thomas C. Nelson Associate Professor of Business Administration, and Ryan Buell, Finnegan Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, have been selected as the two runners-up based on the outstanding nominations they received.

The winners and runners-up were selected from a pool of 21 faculty nominees. In keeping with tradition, the main advisors of the selection committee chairs and award winners of the past five years were excluded from consideration.

Ely is the Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She teaches in the Organizational Behavior Unit.

“Robin proactively reaches out to students to connect them with resources related to their interests and encourages them to engage with the academic community. She provides exceptionally thorough feedback on written work and has in-depth meetings to provide feedback and mentorship,” one student wrote of Ely.

Barasz, a member of the Marketing Faculty Unit, teaches in the MBA program’s first-year required curriculum.

“Kate is always around to support doctoral students, whether it is collaborating on a research project, giving feedback on a project she is not involved in, or providing advice on how to navigate academia,” noted one of her students.

The Wyss Awards are named in honor of Hansjoerg Wyss (MBA 1965) who, in 2004, established the Hansjoerg Wyss Endowment for Doctoral Education. The Wyss Endowment supports a broad range of efforts to strengthen the HBS Doctoral Programs, including fellowships and stipends for doctoral students, increased support for field research, new doctoral course development, teaching skills training, and the renovation of doctoral facilities on campus.


Cullen Schmitt

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