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    09/06/18

    Students honored as outstanding TAs and earning 4.0 GPAs

The Department of Chemistry honored its 2017-18 Outstanding Teaching Assistants and scholars, Sept. 6, 2018.

Outstanding Teaching Assistants

Outstanding Teaching Assistant honorees for 2017-18 were, from left, Julia Early, Cynthia Pyles, and Mark Dresel (not pictured: Meghan Knudtzon).
Outstanding Teaching Assistant honorees for 2017-18 were, from left, Julia Early, Cynthia Pyles, and Mark Dresel (not pictured: Meghan Knudtzon).

Outstanding Teaching Assistants awards were given to Julia Early, Meghan Knudtzon and Cynthia Pyles who all received the Robert Ferm Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and Mark Dresel who received the Robert Brastad Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Mark Dresel: One of Mark’s Life Sciences chemistry students describe him as “always available to answer questions in and out of lab. He is quick to answer emails and is always actively walking around during lab. He always communicates his expectations while allowing us to problem solve on our own. He makes lab both an interesting and safe environment. He was a harder grader, but he pushed me to do well and overcome the workload. I didn't expect chemistry lab to be my favorite class this semester.”

Julia Early: “Julia was absolutely phenomenal. She was always ready for lab to help us with all the different problems we encountered. Her helpfulness outside of the lab was above what I would have expected from a TA. She was always enthusiastic about teaching chemistry and lab techniques. She showed a ton of useful tricks and tips to use in the laboratory. Her desire to help students better understand organic chemistry is admirable. Julia more than deserves to win the outstanding organic TA award.”

Meghan Knudtzon: Some of Meghan's general chemistry students wrote, " Meghan brightens the room with her enthusiasm every day of lab. She really encourages all of us to dig deeper into the concepts and think outside of the realm. She was always enthusiastic about chemistry, which provided a great positive environment conducive to learning. It was a great balance. Meghan was a great TA!"

Cynthia Pyles: Her CHEM 5210 students described her as “a great communicator and an excellent teacher in her office hours. She went above and beyond to ensure that questions were answered and that concepts were understood. The material in this course was difficult to master, but with her help I was able to do really well. She would often respond to my questions about course material late into the evening, and provide stimulating discussion about the topics to help me learn. Her jubilant personality made attending class more enjoyable.”

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention Teaching Assistants for 2017-18, from left to right, Siri Kanchanakungwankul, Ryan Daley, Celina Harris, Katherine Jones, Chris Chao, Noelle Olson, Claire Seitzinger, Rachel Swedin, Rachel Voss, and Riddhish Umesh Pandharkar (not picture
Honorable Mention Teaching Assistants for 2017-18, from left to right, Siri Kanchanakungwankul, Ryan Daley, Celina Harris, Katherine Jones, Chris Chao, Noelle Olson, Claire Seitzinger, Rachel Swedin, Rachel Voss, and Riddhish Umesh Pandharkar (not pictured: En-Chih Liu).

Honorable Mention Teaching Assistants were awarded to Christopher Chao, Ryan Daley, Katherine Jones, Siri Kanchanakungwankul, Noelle Olson, Riddhish Umesh Pandharkar, Claire Seitzinger, Rachel Swedin, and Rachel Voss.

4.0 GPAs

Earning 4.0 GPAs in 2017-18 were, from left, Yangzesheng "Andrew" Sun, Yukun Cheng, Stephanie Liffland, and Celeste Rousseau.
Earning 4.0 GPAs in 2017-18 were, from left, Yangzesheng "Andrew" Sun, Yukun Cheng, Stephanie Liffland, and Celeste Rousseau.

Students honored for their 4.0 GPAs were Yukun Cheng, Stephanie Liffland, Celeste Rousseau and Yangzesheng "Andrew" Sun.