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Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2018

2018 grad awards

To honor the work and integral help of the top graduate student instructors (GSIs) and instructional aides (IAs) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the division held a special awards ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The awards are based on anonymous student evaluations. These evaluations reveal and demonstrate the student instructors' dedication to their role. Occasionally, students even favored the student teachers over the professor, and in one case went to a professor's office hours to ask when the student instructor would be available.

It was some of the highest quality I have received in my life in education. Student evaluation

Patience was a key theme in the student evaluations, and something that GSIs and IAs must have for the sometimes challenging concepts taught in their courses.

Exceedingly patient and generous with his time, I can't say a single bad thing about him or his teaching. I wish he would go into teaching because he has a natural gift for it. Student evaluation

The award winners for the 2017-18 academic year were:

  • David Hong - GSI for EECS 551 in fall and EECS 511 and 598 in winter
  • Yongbum Park - GSI for EECS 320 in winter
  • Jonathan Slater - GSI for EECS 413 in fall and EECS 511 in winter
  • Andrew Turek - IA for EECS 215 in fall and winter
  • Andrew Wagenmaker - GSI for EECS 452 in fall

Honorable mentions included:

  • Billy Schell - GSI for EECS 320 in fall and EECS 314 in winter
  • Christopher Schmotzer - GSI for EECS 461 in winter
  • Morteza Sheikhsofla - GSI for EECS 311 in fall and EECS 230 in winter

We again congratulate and thank all the GSIs and IAs for their essential work in educating students and creating a welcoming and scholarly atmosphere.

I witnessed him staying well beyond the stated open lab hours to help students out. Student evaluation

Posted: May 1, 2018