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 doctoral award recipient receives funds towards travel and computing, and the master’s and undergraduate 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 evaluation 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 are asked to nominate TAs for this award as part of their evaluation of Teaching Assistants each semester. Student feedback provided in TA evaluations is also reviewed by the committee. Students may also formally nominate a TA for this award.
Did a Teaching Assistant enhance your learning in a course in our department? Help us recognize them! Besides giving them a very favorable review in the TA Evaluation you complete in class, we invite you to nominate a Statistical Science TA for an award using the link to a nomination form below. You may nominate any TA from your courses in summer, fall and spring. Please be prepared with the name of the TA, the course and semester, and a brief paragraph explaining specifically why you want to nominate your Teaching Assistant. The nomination form linked below will authenticate your Duke identity and collect your email address as well. The deadline for student nominations for TA of the Year awards for Summer and Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 is the last day of undergraduate classes, Wednesday, April 21st, 2021.