April 28, 2019 at 11:06 am

Keogh, Alderman Earn Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award

Rebecca Keogh, portrait in lab

Rebecca Keogh

From Compass

Two College of Arts & Sciences students were among the four recipients of Ohio University’s Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award on April 23.

Biological Sciences graduate student Rebecca A. Keogh and Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate student Cody N. Alderman both received awards.

Alderman is teaching Chemistry 3080 and 3090, both chemistry labs, this spring. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in chemistry.

“Receiving this award based on just my first semester here at OHIO is a big accomplishment for me,” said Alderman. “I was really nervous to start teaching here as I had never been alone in a classroom. I’m very thankful for my students nominating me, and I hope I can inspire every class I teach the same way.”

Keogh, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in biological sciences, teaches “Microbes and Humans,” a microbiology lab for non-majors.

“Receiving this award has been the most humbling accomplishment of my graduate career,” said Keogh. “I get so much out of my time in the classroom, and this award has shown me my students feel the same way.”

The teaching award program was established in 1987 to recognize excellent teaching in graduate teaching assistants at Ohio University. Each recipient receives a $500 stipend and a framed certificate to commemorate the occasion.

“This award is unique, not just here at OHIO, but across the nation,” said Tim Vickers, director of the Center for Teaching & Learning. “The award’s strength has always been its reflection of student perspectives on teaching and learning, and the meaningfulness of this award comes from the role of students in deciding it. I think it is fantastic that these individuals are recognized for their incredible contributions not just to our students’ education, but to the schools and departments within which they work.”

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