Animal Science student receives the 2019 CANR Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award

Animal science doctoral student Carly O’Malley was awarded the Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2019 from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

CANR Senior Associate Dean Kelly Millenbah and CANR Dean Ron Hendrick present the Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award to Carley O'Malley (center) from the Departments of Animal Science.
CANR Senior Associate Dean Kelly Millenbah and CANR Dean Ron Hendrick present the Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award to Carley O'Malley (center) from the Departments of Animal Science.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) awarded Carly O’Malley the 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. Nominations are made by faculty members.

O'Malley is a doctoral student in the Department of Animal Science and her driving passion is to inspire students of all backgrounds to be curious and passionate about the biological sciences.

During her doctoral studies, she has twice served as a graduate teaching assistant, as well as developed and taught two undergraduate courses on animal welfare. She received the Department of Animal Science Graduate Teaching Award in 2018 and in was awarded the department’s outstanding Ph.D. honor in 2019.

O'Malley completed a certificate in college teaching through the MSU Graduate School. This helped her consider ways to collect data from students and scientifically assess her instruction. She presented her findings on this topic at the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference and has a manuscript on this work for accepted publication in the NACTA journal.

Since 2015, O'Malley has mentored seven undergraduate student research projects and assisted students in forming the MSU Animal Welfare Club, which she co-advises. Her goal is to provide students a learning environment that allows them to succeed regardless of their background or current challenges, while supporting individuality and inclusivity.

Her students say she has a knack for striking passion in learning material, while making it accessible to different learning styles and abilities, and that her willingness to go above and beyond what’s required makes her the type of teacher that changes lives.


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