School Of Pharmacy Teaching Assistant Recognized With Graduate Student Teaching Award
Khushbu Shah, a graduate student in the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, was honored with the Graduate Student Award for Teaching Excellence at a ceremony in the Power Center Ballroom on April 7.
The Center for Teaching Excellence sponsored the ceremony, which recognized faculty and graduate students for their creativity, effectiveness and innovation in the classroom.
The Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes teaching effectiveness by graduate students through a portfolio process in which they demonstrate rigorous student learning, reflection on feedback and leadership in teaching among graduate students. Shah is one of only four students who received the award.
Shah received a Bachelors degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from M.S. University in Gujarat, India, in 2011, before entering Duquesne University in 2012. "My interest in medicinal chemistry and the opportunity to work under the guidance of Dr. Aleem Gangjee led me to the Ph.D. program here," said Shah. "I enrolled in CTE's Graduate Student Certificate of University in 2013, and that is when I cam across the multitude of resources that are offered to all of the teaching assistants, in order to reach our maximum professional competency."
Shah credits the "excellent workshops and suggestions offered by the CTE staff," for the development of her teaching persona. "The uninterrupted encouragement provided by Diane Rhodes, Dr. Gangjee, the CTE staff, my family and my students, has been the driving force behind all of my efforts and achievements," she said.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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