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Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Fall 2017 Recipients

Congratulations! Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Fall 2017 Recipients

Mahsa Asgarisabet (Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics PhD)
Briana Bettin (Computer Science PhD)
Jianheng Bi (Chemistry PhD)
David Falish (Civil and Environmental Engineering MS)
Sean Gohman (Industrial Heritage and Achaeology PhD)
Ian Greenlund (Biological Sciences MS)
Nancy Henaku (Rhetoric, Theory & Culture PHD)
Ashley Hendricks (Mechanical Engineering MS)
Melinda Kleczynski (Mathematical Sciences MS)
Miles Penhale (Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics PhD)
Julie Tomasi (Chemical Engineering PhD)
Saeedeh Ziaeefard (Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics PhD)


Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Awards. These graduate students have exhibited exceptional teaching abilities, have received excellent evaluations from students, and are respected by faculty in their respective departments. They are integral in the Univerisity’s teaching efforts. Congratulations, recipients!

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(listed by nominating depertment)
Srinivas Kannan, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Amaneh Eslami Kenarsari, PhD in Civil Engineering
Rachel A. Martin, PhD in Chemical Engineering
Mehdi Jafari, PhD in Electrical Engineering
Caoyang Jiang, PhD in Electrical Engineering
Aref Majdara, PhD in Electrical Engineering
Shane W. Oberloier, MS in Electrical Engineering
Zhiyuan Yang, PhD in Electrical Engineering
Michael J. Candler, MS in Environmental Engineering
Olivia A. Barbee, PhD in Geology
Matthew T. Custer, MS in Applied Ecology
Danielle Rupp, PhD in Forest Science
Mohammad Reza Amini, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Pradeep Krishna Bhat, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sarah Jalal, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Lauren Knop, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Jianyang Lyu, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Muraleekrishnan Menon Muraleedharan Nair, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Joseph E. Oncken, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Jiajun Song, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Nathan D. Spike, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Xiang Zhou, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Cameron W. Goble, PhD in Biological Sciences
Chelsea J. Nikula, PhD in Chemistry
Simeon K. Schum, PhD in Chemistry
Mustafa Gezek, PhD in Mathematical Sciences
Huanhuan Zhu, PhD in Mathematical Sciences
Kevin Waters, PhD in Physics
Kimberly Tweedale, PhD in Rhetoric, Theory and Culture



Accepting Graduate Student Teaching and Outstanding Scholarship Nominations

Nominations for the graduate student teaching award as well as the outstanding scholarship award as described below should be sent to me (nspr@mtu.edu) by
FRIDAY OCTOBER 17.
All students you name will be granted the award as long as they meet the guidelines.  A notation of the award will appear in the appropriate commencement program.

The scholarship award is limited to at least one and no more than 1% of enrolled students in the department/school.
For most departments/schools, this means 1 student (3-Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, 3-Electrical & Computer Engineering).  The requirement that students need to be graduating in Fall remains.

The teaching award is limited to at least one and no more than 2.5% of enrolled students in the department/school.
For most departments/schools, this means 1 student (8-Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, 7-Electrical & Computer Engineering, 3-Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2-Forest Resources & Environmental Science, 2- Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences)

Please have one person in your area contact me with the lists of nominee names following whatever decision process works best in your department/school.

For the student teaching award, the list should include the department/school and the nominee’s name,  the Semester and Year, course CRN and teaching evaluation score from Question 20 for all courses which were used in assessing the nominee for the award.  Remember the nominee must have essentially had sole responsibility for instruction for that course.  Students do NOT have to be graduating soon to be eligible for this award.

For the outstanding scholarship award, the list should include the nominee’s name and department/school.  Students should be finishing/graduating Fall 2014.
I realize that predicting who will finish/graduate will not be completely accurate but our intention is to honor as many students as you feel deserve the award, within some general limits.
NOTE –  This is not the same as the “Graduate Student Recognition Award for Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar” awarded by the Graduate Student Government.  That nomination process announcement will reach you separately.

I look forward to receiving the names of your outstanding graduate students.