Patrick Grugan (left) and Jamy Moreno (right) are honored as the top teaching assistants in the Department of Physics and Astronomy by Ed Nowak, professor and director of the department's graduate program.

Teaching awards

Two graduate students honored by Department of Physics and Astronomy

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2:48 p.m., March 16, 2012--The University of Delaware’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has given its 2012 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award to graduate students Patrick Grugan and Jamy Moreno.

The awards were presented by Prof. Ed Nowak, director of the department's graduate program, during a March 14 colloquium. Each recipient was awarded a Certificate of Excellence and a $1,000 prize in the form of a giant check.

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“The annual award was established to encourage and honor exemplary performance by a graduate student in the role of a teaching assistant,” Nowak said. “All graduate teaching assistants are valued teaching colleagues in our department and have important roles in carrying out its educational mission.”

The award recipients were selected based on student evaluations and letters of support from course instructors.

Grugan was nominated for serving as a teaching assistant in astronomy laboratories during the spring and fall 2011 semesters and in Introductory Physics I and II discussions during Winter and Summer 2011 sessions. He received a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was an adjunct faculty member at Delaware County Community College before coming to UD.  He is pursuing a doctorate with Prof. Barry Walker. 

Moreno was nominated for serving as a teaching assistant in Introductory Physics I laboratories and discussions during the spring and fall 2011 semesters. She received dual bachelor's degrees in applied physics and mathematics from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is pursuing a master's degree with Assistant Prof. Virginia Lorenz.

Photos by Ambre Alexander

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