Three CBE graduate students honored for outstanding teaching

May 13, 2022

The Graduate School presented three CBE graduate students with its annual Teaching Awards in recognition of their outstanding abilities as teachers. Twenty-nine total graduate students from across the campus were recognized.

Bernardo Gouveia, Katelyn Randazzo and Joanna Scheider all received Graduate Student Teaching Awards.

Winners were selected by a committee chaired by Cole Crittenden, deputy dean and acting dean of the Graduate School, and composed of the academic affairs deans and staff from the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. The nominations were made by academic departments and programs. Each winner receives $1,000.

Randazzo was honored with the Quin Morton Graduate Teaching Award for instructors in the Princeton Writing Program. A sixth-year Ph.D. student in chemical engineering and materials science, she taught a writing seminar titled “Eureka! Moments” that examines the intersection between discovery narratives and the work of innovation.

Amanda Irwin Wilkins, director of the Princeton Writing Program, said Randazzo teaches “by first building a bond, and then draws on that bond to lead her students to new depths of understanding and complexity. Katelyn has demonstrated remarkable skill at leading her students to cultivate their critical curiosity and to deepen their sense of why scholars research and write the way they do.”

Students commented that their writing had improved dramatically because of her in-depth comments on their papers and the extra time she spent with them. Her feedback “helped crystallize how to write a nuanced, arguable but also original thesis and how to put scholarly sources into conversation with each other without just parroting the ideas of the sources,” one student said.