Ph.D. Student Yashika Kamte Wins Graduate Student Award For Excellence In Teaching

Yakisha KamteThe Duquesne University Center for Teaching Excellence recently named Yashika Kamte, a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a recipient of the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. All winners and finalists will be recognized at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence on April 28.

The award committee, consisting of seven faculty members and graduate students from liberal arts, natural sciences and pharmacy, noted Kamte's development of learning materials, ability to think about the long-term understanding of students, use of real-world examples and extensive preparation.

"Receiving this award has made me believe in myself as an educator," Kamte says. "Moreover, I am truly grateful to the faculty at the School of Pharmacy who have constantly supported me in my teaching endeavors. I specifically want to mention Dr. Lauren A. O'Donnell, whose constant motivation and feedback made this possible."

Kamte assists School of Pharmacy faculty as a teaching assistant in various Ability-Based Learning Experience labs, helping student pharmacists with calculations and experiment protocols and providing relatable, real-world examples of how the skills developed in the labs will be used. In infectious disease courses, Kamte attends classes and helps the faculty members create exam questions and grading. Finally, in human physiology and pathology courses, Kamte serves as a tutor and holds office hours to help student pharmacists better understand the material and prepare for exams and has also taught recitation sections.

"My goal for my students has always been to promote long-term understanding of the subject and not just to ace exams," Kamte says. "I have found that many students do learn better when they are provided with relevant and relatable examples. This has primarily been my teaching motto."

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