The Clark P. Read award is given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the training of young scientists. In addition, the individual must have influenced the research and graduate education of a department to increase the number of students completing graduate training in disciplines of parasitology.

It is an honor to be here before you all today to introduce the recipient of this year's Clark P. Read Mentor Award, Sam Loker, from the University of New Mexico. Sam has been an outstanding mentor for me not only during my time in his lab but also currently as I begin my journey mentoring my own students. I find that I often ponder how Sam would handle particular situations; for example, motivating students, tailoring training to their personalities, and engaging students in areas outside of pure scientific curiosity. I cannot think of...

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