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Prior Year Recipients

2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Andrew J. Swafford - Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology

Andrew Swafford is a graduate student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology. He is committed to a “flexible teaching style focused on honest communication and student enthusiasm” and his goal is to become an “excellent scientist who focuses not only on research, but also on the education and outreach necessary to inspire future generations.”

Some of the lab and lecture courses Andrew teaches demand broad knowledge of animal diversity and biology, while others are rather quantitative and very conceptual. In either situation, his supporter offers praise that “Andrew is always prepared, knowledgeable and professional.” And one of his students stated: “The two coursed that he taught [me] welcomed questions and displayed how invested he was in making the class succeed.” Andrew is also described as “approachable” and “engaging,” and he “cares about the trajectory of every student.”

For his dedication and excellence in teaching, Andrew is awarded an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Congratulations!