Distinguished Teaching Award

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Rees Garmann (Graduate student in the Gelbart/Knobler Group) has been selected for the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award for Teaching Assistants.

UCLA Academic Senate’s Committee on Teaching announced the winners on March 31, 2014. Only five such awards are made each year and each award will carry an honorarium of $2,500. A $20,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship Award from the UCLA Graduate Division will also be given to eligible teaching assistants who advance to candidacy by fall quarter.

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Charles Knobler, Rees Garmann, and Bill Gelbart

The goal of the UCLA Academic Senate Teaching Award is to increase awareness of UCLA’s leadership in teaching and public service by honoring individuals who bring respect and admiration to the scholarship of teaching. By recognizing teachers for their achievements, the award gives parents, donors and others insight to what makes UCLA “a beacon of excellence in higher education.” These awards are an effective way to boost morale on campus and provide role models for faculty and students. The following graduate student awardees for 2014 join a very select group of UCLA’s finest teachers:

• Rees Garmann, Chemistry and Biochemistry

• Nancy Salem, Nursing

• Ashley Feinsinger, Philosophy

• Kristin Mann, Classics

• Benjamin Sher, Film, Television & Digital Media

Rees Garmann also joins several other former UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate students who have received the honor.  Previous winners include:

1975   Wayne Evans
1976   Hsi-Chao Chow
1978   Rosemarie Szostak
1995   Nate Brandstater
1999   David Klein

2000   Dean Tantillo
2004   Jerome-Ieronymos Zoidakis
2007   Sadaf Sehati The winners will be honored and receive their award at the annual Andrea L. Rich Night to Honor Teaching Ceremony in Fall 2014.  The date of this event will be announced later this year.