School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Outstanding Teacher Awards

The School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics places great importance on the work of talented and committed teachers. Each year, students are asked for help identifying faculty and teaching assistants worthy of recognition for extraordinary efforts they make to provide our students a top quality natural sciences & mathematics education. The school awards one outstanding faculty instructor and one outstanding teaching assistant. 

Students, please nominate the professor (or lecturer) and the teaching assistant within the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NS&M) that have made the biggest positive impact on your education. Supporting documentation, such as letters from other students, may help the nomination. Faculty members are welcome to nominate colleagues, but evidence of student support for the nomination will receive more weight.

The faculty award is a plaque and the teaching assistant award is a plaque and a cheque for $500. Both recipients' names will be inscribed on a plaque in the dean's office. Nomination forms can either be downloaded above, or they can be requested in person from the dean's office or any of the offices of NS&M departments – biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics, or science/mathematics education.

Past Recipients:


Teaching Assistants

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Mohammad Akbar
Mathematics, 2013
Rodrigo D. Vinluan III
Chemistry, 2013
Claudia Taenzler
Chemistry, 2012
Hien Nguyen
Chemistry, 2012
Gregg R. Dieckmann
Chemistry, 2011
Kirk Huynh
Chemistry, 2012
George A. McMechan
Geosciences, 2010
Brian Streit
Mathematics, 2010
Mihaela C. Iovu
Chemistry, 2009
William H. Wettingfeld
Mathematics, 2009
Mieczyslaw K. Dabkowski
Mathematics, 2009
Rebekah A. Sessoms
Biology, 2009
Michael C. Biewer
Chemistry, 2008
Brady C. McCary
Mathematics, 2008
Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki
Physics, 2007
Nam Lam
Mathematics, 2007
Michael C. Biewer
Chemistry, 2006
Sumihiro Suzuki
Mathematics, 2006
Mary Urquhart
Science Education, 2005
Seyed Mohsen Kariminia
Geosciences, 2005
John Sibert
Chemistry, 2004

Nadia Khanam
Chemistry, 2004
William S. "Will" Burgett
Physics, 2003
Allison K "Allie" Thurmond
Geosciences, 2003
John Burr
Biology, 2002
Claudia Schmegner
Mathematics, 2002
Paul Pantano
Chemistry, 2001
David B. Williamson
Geosciences, 2000
Gregory D. Earle
Physics, 2000
Mara L. Miller
Biology, 2001
Frank R. "Ray" Allum
Mathematics, 1999
Elizabeth M. "Beth" Champ
Chemistry, 1999
  • Updated: March 10, 2017