Call for Nominations

Phillip A. Groll Class of 1921 Teaching Assistant / Mentor Awards in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dear Graduate Students:

Many of you have served as a teaching assistant in a course or a mentor to undergraduate student(s) doing research. These activities are integral to our academic program – your hard work and dedication help our UG students learn better, and hopefully, you gain from the experience too.  Undergraduate research is typically the first exposure for our UG students to world-class research. To recognize the work of outstanding students who contribute to these activities, it is my pleasure to announce new "Phillip Groll Teaching Assistant/Mentor Award Program in ChBE@RPI".  Two TA awards (one for Spring and one for Fall semester) and one Mentor award will be presented each year. The awards will include $200 cash and certificate of appreciation by the ChBE department.

Eligibility:

  • ChBE graduate students who served as TAs in Fall 2009 or are serving as TAs in Spring 2010 are eligible for the TA award.
  • ChBE graduate students who are mentoring or have mentored undergraduate student researcher(s) in their labs with exceptional success are eligible for the Mentor Award.

Deadline:  A hard-copy of the package must be submitted by Monday, May 10th, 2011 to Rosemary Primett (Ricketts 102, phone 518-276-6048). Winners will be announced on Monday, May 24th, 2011, and will be honored at the ChBE graduation dinner.

Application package: (Note that self-nominations by candidates are accepted for both awards.)

The package for Phillip A. Groll Class of 1921 Teaching Assistant Award must include:

  • A cover letter by the candidate highlighting specific activities (beyond the routine ones, such as the grading of homeworks etc.) that make her/him deserving of the award.
  • Candidate’s CV (please include GPA, publications, etc., which highlight your academic record)
  • A letter of support from the instructor of the course.
  • At least two letters of support from students in the class.

The package for Phillip A. Groll Class of 1921 Mentor Award must include:

  • A cover letter by the candidate highlighting specific activities and accomplishments that make her/him deserving of the award.
  • Candidate’s CV (please include GPA, publications, etc. which highlight your academic record)
  • A letter of support from the undergraduate student(s) who were mentored
  • A letter of support from research advisor or PI of the laboratory
  • Supporting documents providing evidence of exceptional research, such as a publication, preprint, report, or a poster based on the UG research.

Thank you,

Shekhar Garde, Elaine S. and Jack S. Parker Professor and Department Head, ChBE@RPI