Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award

The CANR Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award is meant to recognize graduate students who have distinguished themselves by the nurturing academic environment they provide and the skill they have shown in teaching.  The essential purpose of the citation is to bring College-wide recognition to the best student instructors and to recognize the contribution they make to undergraduate programs within CANR.

Nominations are made by faculty members.  To be nominated for a CANR Excellence-In Graduate Student Teaching Citation, the graduate student must have taught at least one semester while a graduate student at MSU.  The nominee must have assumed a significant measure of responsibility for teaching undergraduate courses, whether in lecture, recitation or laboratory sections.  Special tutorial or seminar teaching will also be recognized by the citation committee.

To verify that a nominee meets the award criteria, the committee looks for: (1) demonstrable evidence of dedication to instruction through experimentation and successful implementation of innovative techniques and/or contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and (2) evidence of excellence in instruction as demonstrated by the impact on students' careers and colleagues' teaching/advising practices.

Award recipients will be honored at the Annual CANR Undergraduate Graduation held each spring with a citation and a $1,000 award.  This award may be received only once.

Nomination forms and instructions are available for download here. 

ONE PDF COPY of the nomination packet should be sent to Kelly Millenbah (Subject Line: Graduate Teaching Award) by February 23, 2018.

Please contact Millenbah with questions or concerns at 517-355-0234 or millenba@msu.edu.


Past recipients include:

  • Corrine Higley (FW, 2017)
  • Julie Plasencia (FSHN, 2016)
  • Amanda Lorenz (ENT, 2015)
  • Michael Everett (CARRS, 2011)
  • Robert Montgomery (FW, 2010)


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