PhD student Caelan Wang, is a recipient of an Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student for 2019. Four awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in teaching of all kinds by registered students (e.g., teaching assistant, laboratory demonstrator, sessional lecturer). The Selection Committee considers intellectual vigour and communication skills in the interpretation and presentation of subject matter. Concern for and sensitivity to the academic need of the students is an important criterion.
The award citation recognized Caelan for her "teaching strategies, dedication and passion in teaching" and quoted a student who wrote that Caelan "works hard and goes beyond what she is required to ensure the well-being of her students". Another student remarked that Caelan's "teaching was exceptional because she always went above and beyond to help, constantly tried to improve her teaching, and ultimately made the course much more understandable."
Caelan, whose PhD studies are being supervised by Professor Chris Godsil, is scheduled to defend her PhD thesis in the summer of 2019. The award will be presented to Caelan at the June 14 (10:00 am) convocation ceremony.