Vanderbilt University’s Hilda McMackin Receives Award for Mentoring in Research Development

Hilda McMackin, director of research administration systems and reporting at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has been recognized with the 2023 Mentoring Award from the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). The award honors those who have created a supportive, inclusive, and engaging environment for their colleagues and others in the research community.

“Mentoring is rooted in connecting with others and provides an opportunity for growth in diverse areas of one’s life,” Dr. McMackin said. “I believe everyone has something to offer as a mentor and something to gain as a mentee.”

Dr. McMackin’s 13-year career at Vanderbilt includes roles as lab manager in Peabody College of education and human development, as grants and contracts manager in the School of Engineering, and as the inaugural director of research development and support at the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation. Her expertise spans the full life cycle of proposals, awards, and contracts.

Dr. McMackin is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, where she majored in psychology, French, and art history. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology at Vanderbilt University.

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