Each spring during commencement festivities, the Department of Statistical Science awards a Teaching Assistant of the Year prize to one doctoral student, one master’s student, and one undergraduate student from among that academic year’s TAs. The winners are announced at our departmental graduation celebration. The award recipients receive cash prizes. In the case of a tie, the award is shared.
A departmental committee chooses the winners based on evaluations and nominations by faculty and students. Formal evaluations of TAs are done by students and by faculty at the end of each semester during the time that course evaluations are also being completed. Faculty members and students are asked to nominate TAs for this award as part of their evaluation. The committee then chooses winners based on the feedback provided on the evaluations for a given year as well as past performance.
The deadline for nominations for any given academic year (covering summer, fall, and spring semesters) is the end of the spring semester (before finals begin). If you wish to praise your TA, we'd love to hear about it. Reach out to the DUS with the name of the TA, the course and semester, and a brief paragraph explaining why they should have been nominated. Or send them a thank you email and copy us on it.