Two graduate students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering are among the winners of teaching awards newly established by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), with support from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Rice University.
Emily P. Hendryx, a fifth-year graduate student in computational and applied mathematics (CAAM), received the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Course Support. Jason T. George, a third-year graduate student in bioengineering (BIOE), received the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Student Support.
Hendryx earned a B.S. in mathematics from Angelo State University in 2012 and an M.A. in CAAM from Rice in 2015. She has served as a teaching assistant in CAAM 336, Differential Equations in Science and Engineering, and is the graduate-student liaison between CAAM and Rice CTE.
“I contributed to the design and delivery of CAAM 336 in multiple ways,” Hendryx said. “My primary support was providing additional resources for students outside the scheduled class time. Because I understood the underlying course goals proposed by the
instructor, I was able to design resources to complement the formal class structure and promote student learning.”
George is enrolled in the Rice-Baylor Medical Program and is pursuing a dual-degree: an M.D. and a Ph.D. in BIOE. He earned a B.S. in biomedical engineering
and a B.A. in mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2012.
Anita Alem, a senior in BIOE, knew George as the teaching assistant in BIOE 372, Biomechanics, in the spring of 2016, and BIOE 391, Numerical Methods, in the spring of 2015. In her nominating letter she wrote:
“Jason is always available through email, and he will always find the time to meet with you if you need it. This is insane, because he’s an M.D./Ph.D. candidate. He doesn't have the time in his schedule to be this dedicated, but he does it anyway.”
Hendryx and George received their awards on April 25 during the CTE’s annual Teaching Award Ceremony and Reception.