Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant
College of Business: Meghan DiGiacomo, Business Administration, MBA
Meghan is mentored by Kathie K. Holland, MBA, who notes that Meghan truly wants each student to succeed and regularly receives compliments about Meghan's exceptional work. Meghan is known for her timely assignment grading, detailed feedback, and office hours held each workday. She was a GTA for four semesters in How to Start a Business as well as Strategic Management.
Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching
College of Business: Sean R. McMahon, Business Administration, Management Track, PhD
Sean instructed multiple Capstone and Moral Foundations of Business courses. Sean's mentor, Marshall J. Schminke, PhD, says Sean helps students become not just better business students, but better business people. With very high course evaluations from 4.7 to 4.8 out of 5, Sean is considered the best the College of Business has to offer.
Award for the Outstanding Master's Thesis
College of Engineering and Computer Science: Ashley Ewh, Materials Science & Engineering, MS
Ashley's thesis is entitled Effects Of Allotropic Transformations On Interdiffusion Behavior In Binary Systems, and it investigates the diffusional interactions that occur between the metallic materials that make up the fuel and cladding components of a nuclear fuel plate. Ashley's mentor was Yongho Sohn, PhD.
Award for the Outstanding Dissertation
College of Engineering and Computer Science: Dr. Abhishek Saha, Mechanical Engineering, PhD
Abhishek's dissertation is entitled Evaporation, Precipitation Dynamics And Instability Of Acoustically Levitated Functional Droplets, which used optics, laser-based experiments, and ultrasonic levitation to detail droplets that are only hundreds of microns in diameter. Abhishek's mentor was Ranganathan Kumar, PhD.
Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences Faculty Mentoring Award
Dr. Peter Delfyett, University Trustee Chair and Professor of Optics, ECE, and Physics
Through the large research group he oversees, Dr. Delfyett believes that successful mentoring involves instilling a sense of belonging, building confidence and being supportive, as well as setting high expectations of the student. He ensures his students feel they are integral in the success of the research group and that their contributions are significant to the overall knowledge of science and engineering communities. Dr. Delfyett regularly acts as the “group cheerleader”, with the conviction that “if the mentor doesn’t believe in the student’s capability (i.e., cheering the student on) it is difficult for the student to believe in their own potential for greatness.”
Social Science, Humanities, Education, Business, Fine Arts and Health Sciences Faculty Mentoring Award
Dr. Glenn Lambie, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Human Sciences and Director of the School Counseling Program
Dr. Lambie aims to model the behaviors that he wants to foster in his mentees. He believes doctoral students learn much of what it means to be a faculty member based on their observations of their mentors. Therefore, he models effective research and scholarly productivity to his students, for example, by frequently offering opportunities for the students to engage in research that leads to refereed national publications.