Graduate Student Wins 2019 Graduate Student Award For Excellence In Teaching

Thomas WrightThomas Wright, a Ph.D. student studying pharmacology in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, received a 2019 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence on April 11.

Wright started as a tutor with the Duquesne School of Pharmacy in Fall 2017 and continued through the current semester, helping improve study habits in PY1 students by using worked examples of problem sets and conveying the interconnection and significance of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and therapeutic intervention.

Additionally, Wright encouraged students to be life-long learners and demonstrated the long-term goal of becoming a "complete pharmacist." His goal in teaching is process over content. He has frequently brought his pharmacy expertise to the community by speaking on the effects of drug abuse at local high schools.

"I am honored to receive the graduate student teaching award and thankful for all of the wonderful mentors who have shaped my approach to teaching," Wright said.

Four graduate students from throughout the university earned the distinction from a group of 10 nominees. The nominee field included fellow Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences students Lu Lio and Ngoc Phan.The winners received $500, a certificate, a book on college teaching, and a letter from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Wright recently defended his Ph.D. and will graduate at the School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Commencement Ceremony in May.

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