Graduate student receives teaching award

Beth Pethel, a graduate student in microbiology and molecular genetics, received the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) Excellence in Teaching award. Pethel, who is doing her thesis research with Gordon Churchward, professor of microbiology and immunology, received the award for the "extremely valuable contribution to the microbiology course" she taught. It was noted that she sought to be a teaching assistant for the course, even though she had already satisfied her TATTO requirements. An anonymous donor has made possible the annual GDBBS award, which carries a $250 honorarium. Danny Reines, associate professor of biochemistry, who chaired the selection committee, noted it was a challenge to select the awardee. "The quality of candidates and the plaudits they received from faculty and students were clear recognition of the critical role that quality teaching plays in disseminating the knowledge gleaned from experimentation and basic research," said Reines.

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