Graduate School Of Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Wins Graduate Students Award For Excellence In Student Teaching

Ngoc PhamNgoc Pham, Pharm.D., a graduate student in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was named a winner of the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Student Teaching by the Center for Teaching Excellence for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Student Teaching award promotes and rewards teaching effectiveness by current graduate students and provides nominees with training on how to present evidence of teaching excellence. Winners demonstrate mastery of basics of teaching, insightful reflection on teaching, the ability to apply what they learn from feedback, significant and meaningful professional interactions about teaching and learning.

"It is a great honor to receive the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching this year," Pham said. "I would like to express my gratitude towards all the faculty and students who have left deep imprints on my path. One thing that has motivated me all this time is the passion to spread support and empower others."

Ngoc's success lies in her extensive preparation for her TA sessions, including attending the same lectures as her students and planning alternative ways of explaining a concept before she meets with a student, according to a release from the Center for Teaching Excellence. She is a reflective teacher who meets her students where they are, and she provides a variety of ways to deconstruct the material to make it more adaptable to students' learning needs.

Other awardees include:

  • Autumn Marie Chilcote, from the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program
  • Jeff Lambert, a graduate student in philosophy
  • Kayce Tomcho, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CTE is planning an event to celebrate the winners and their accomplishments when campus re-opens in the future.

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