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Congratulating Yale Graduate School’s Prize Teaching Fellows

December 14, 2018

Vital to their journey as graduate students at Yale, most doctoral candidates take on the challenge to serve as Teaching Fellows or Part-Time Acting Instructors during their time at the Graduate School. For those who excel at teaching, their efforts are recognized with the Prize Teaching Fellowships. They are nominated by Yale College students through a letter directed to the Yale College Dean’s Office at the end of the fall and spring terms. The content of these letters, good academic standing, a satisfactory Dissertation Progress Report, and positive remarks from their department chairs will help determine the Selection Committee’s final decision.

The Prize Teaching Fellowships are among the most important honors that Yale bestows upon graduate students. This year, 10 students were the worthy recipients of Prize Teaching Fellowships, which includes a cash prize of $3000. They were honored at a dinner on November 12, 2018, hosted by Lynn Cooley, Dean of the Graduate School and Marvin Chun, Dean of Yale College.

Congratulations go to this year’s Prize Teaching Fellows:

  • Samantha Berstler (Philosophy) for her contagious excitement when teaching First Order Logic. Professor Kenneth P. Winkler wrote: “She was completely absorbed in the subject matter—so much so that it seemed to be speaking through her.”
  • Sean Bickerton, (Biomedical Engineering) who made a “heroic effort” in providing the equipment, material, instruments, and space to carry out lab modules for Professor Tarek Fahmy’s Immunoengineering class and biomedical engineering senior lab.
  • Andrew Hogan, (History) who specializes in Greco-Roman Egypt’s Ptolemaic Period, was called an “absolute rock star” for his Military History of the West Since 1500 discussion session.
  • Lucia Hulsether (Religious Studies) brought ethics into the configuration of Professor Kathryn Lofton’s Religion and Society course, which reshaped the syllabus and positively impacted everyone’s learning experience.
  • Don Tianmu Li (Cell Biology) is considered a role model by his Experimental Techniques in Cellular Biology students, who claimed “he is excellent in explaining the theories behind the lab techniques.”
  • George C. Linderman (Applied Math) took on the bold task to help students understand Linear Algebra with Applications. His passion for computer science, mathematics, engineering, and medicine was fundamental for his success.
  • Marissa Glynias Moore (Music) filled in for a recently retired professor who taught Listening to Music with great success for several decades and thrived in “[making] an introductory music course meaningful for people who had never seen a music note.”
  • Rodrigo Rebouças (Chemical Engineering) successfully served as a Teaching Fellow for Professor Amir Haji-Akbari’s Transport Phenomena class, described as “the most difficult and mathematically involved course in the curriculum.”
  • Kevin Tobia (Philosophy) was teaching fellow in the philosophy course Ethical and Social Issues in Bioethics, where he “added nuance by demonstrating points of conflict or ambiguity.”
  • Andrina Tran (History) shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject as a teaching fellow for the course the Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America since 1880, where she “catalyzed very rich and provocative dialogue, and she never relayed her personal political beliefs.”

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