Teaching and Mentoring Excellence

Graduate School honors faculty and students for improving the academic experience

2013 faculty winners of the Graduate School Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching.  Clockwise from top left: Laura Edwards, Frank Sloan, Robyn Wiegman and Cameron R. Bass
2013 faculty winners of the Graduate School Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching. Clockwise from top left: Laura Edwards, Frank Sloan, Robyn Wiegman and Cameron R. Bass

It's not often a faculty member surprises a graduate student, but one such event occurred when historian Laura Edwards wrote a note of congratulations to a newly accepted student.

"Her warm congratulations, detailed reference to my application and research interests, and invitation to join her and a few other prospective graduate students for lunch on the first day of prospective students' weekend captured my attention and led me to believe that Duke's faculty emphasized mentorship more than other programs to which I applied," the student applied.

That kind of mentorship is important to a successful Graduate School experience.  Edwards, along with three faculty colleagues and four graduate students, were honored this past Thursday for their teaching and mentoring efforts with prestigious awards from the Graduate School.

The Graduate School's awards recognize that good mentoring is a key factor in ensuring that students are well trained in their disciplines, successfully complete their degrees, and have promising career opportunities. The best mentors promote a tradition of mentoring practices in their students.

Below are the 2013 winners. Click the links to see full stories on each winner:

Cameron R. "Dale" Bass, Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Laura F. Edwards, Professor of History and Women's Studies

Frank A. Sloan, J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics

Robyn Wiegman, Professor of Literature and Women’s Studies

Students:

Marisabel Guevara, Ph.D. student, Computer Science (Faculty adviser, Benjamin C. Lee)

Zakiya Whatley, Ph.D. student, Genetics & Genomics (Faculty adviser, Kenneth Kreuzer)

2013 Teaching Award Recipients (Students Only)

Kristine Callan, Ph.D. Candidate, Physics (faculty adviser, Dan Gauthier)

Anna Gibson, Ph.D. Candidate, English (faculty advisers, Nancy Armstrong and Kathy Psomiades)

Below, Graduate student award winners Marisabel Guevara, Zakiya Whatley, Kristine Callan and Anna Gibson.

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