The Mind & Life Service Award is given annually to a nominee who has provided recent service (within two years) based on the quantity and impact of their contributions to Mind & Life, as well as how well they exemplify Mind & Life values. Board members are not eligible. Each recipient receives a plaque, public acknowledgment, and an award ceremony at a Mind & Life event.

Past Recipients


Robert Roeser, PhD

At Mind & Life’s Summer Research Institute in June 2021, Robert Roeser was honored with the 2020 Mind & Life Institute Service Award. This annual award is given to individuals who are distinguished by the breadth and depth of their involvement with Mind & Life, of which Robert is an illustrative example. Krista Weih, Mind & Life Director of Grants and Events says of Robert “He leads in a way that allows for ‘not knowing,’ and always puts first and foremost the question of how best to serve.”

Read a tribute to Robert and learn more about his invaluable contributions to Mind & Life on our blog »


Helen Weng, PhD

In late 2019, Helen Weng, PhD was honored with the Mind & Life Institute Annual Service Award. The award is given to individuals who are distinguished by the breadth and depth of their involvement with Mind & Life, and who embody its core values of compassion, integrity, curiosity, inclusion, and excellence. Dr. Weng will be formally acknowledged at Mind & Life’s Contemplative Research Conference in November 2020.

Read a tribute to Dr. Weng and learn about her innovative research on our blog »


Clifford Saron, PhD

At the 2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Mind & Life presented Clifford Saron, PhD with its inaugural Service Award. Said Mind & Life President Susan Bauer Wu, “From 1990 to this very moment, Cliff has worked in continuous service to Mind & Life. His heart, mind, wisdom, and brilliance are woven throughout the fabric of our work.”

Read our tribute to Dr. Saron and his nearly three decades of service to Mind & Life on our blog »


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