In conjunction with the Graduate Council’s Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs, the GSI Teaching & Resource Center annually sponsors four types of awards.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award recognizes GSIs who have been nominated for excellence in teaching in their departments.

The Teaching Effectiveness Award for GSIs honors a small number of GSIs who devise solutions to teaching or learning problems they have identified in their classes and write them up in a one-page essay. These essays  are published on the GSI Center website for use by instructors.

The Teagle Foundation Award for Excellence in Enhancing Student Learning gives recent TEA recipients the opportunity to connect effective teaching strategies to the research on how students learn, in a brief essay published on the GSI Center website.

The Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs acknowledges faculty members who have provided excellent guidance and mentoring to GSIs.

For further information about these awards, please see our Awards FAQ page.

Congratulations 2016 Award Recipients!

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Teaching Effectiveness Award

Eric Armstrong, Integrative Biology, Everyone Loves a Good Argument: Encouraging the Use of Programming Languages in Biology

Beatriz Brando, Science and Math Education, Building a Better Review Session through Active Learning

Riva Bruenn, Plant and Microbial Biology, Plant Morphology is Just a Game

Eduardo Escobar, Near Eastern Studies, Live Digital Translation for Dead Languages

Johann Koehler, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, The Feedback Loop: When Less is More, and When More is Less

Rajan Kumar, Materials Science and Engineering, Introducing Students to Scientific Writing in E45 Lab Sections

Christian Lambert, Public Policy, Deploying General Rubrics to Preclude the Pitfalls of Grading

Yi-Chuan Lu, Physics, Improving Board Work with Colors

Leila Mansouri, English, Literary Scholarship as Cocktail Party: Bringing Students into the Conversation

Caitlin Scholl, Comparative Literature, Helping Students Master Research: Scavenger Hunts as a Learning Tool in the R1B Classroom

Hayden Shelby, City and Regional Planning, Discipline, Practice, Feedback: A Supportive Approach to Teaching Critical Reading Skills

Christiane Stachl, Chemistry, Using Individualized Student Feedback to Enhance Learning in Chemistry 4A

Mercedes Taylor, Chemistry, Overcoming Emotional Reactions to Chemical Reactions

Alexandria Yuan, Public Policy, Ethics Beyond the Textbook

Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs

Rodolfo John Alaniz, Lecturer, History

Gail S. Brager, Professor, Architecture

Kathryn DeMaster, Assistant Professor, Agriculture, Society and Environment