Graduate Teaching Award

Since 2016, the Department of Chemistry has granted awards to graduate students who show outstanding performance as  undergraduate laboratory demonstrators. Awards are granted at the end of both the Fall semester and Winter semesters. The awards are named for Professor Hugh Anderson, who was dedicated to undergraduate education in chemistry throughout his career as a faculty member at Memorial and provided for these awards through a bequest. The current value of the award is $200. Receipt of this award will be indicated on the student’s transcript.

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Past Recipients

Ph.D. candidate Yasaman Jami-Alahmadi receiving the award for best teaching assistant from Anderson Award Lecturer Steve Westcott.

  • Winter 2018: Zahra Ahmadian
  • Fall 2017: Kori Andrea
  • Winter 2016: Yasaman Jami-Alahmadi
  • Fall 2016: Jennifer Murphy
  • Winter 2017: Joshua Walsh

Selection Criteria and Procedure

The recipients must be full time students in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemistry at Memorial. They must be in good academic standing at the time of the award. Students who were absent or late from a TA session without permission are not eligible. Students are only eligible to receive the award once. If no applications are deemed to reach a standard of excellence in a given term, no award will made.


The Deputy Head of Graduate Studies will solicit nominations in November and March for the Fall and Winter awards, respectively. Nominations must be received by the last day of classes.  An electronic submission form will be circulated. Nominations may be submitted by students, teaching staff members, or academic staff members; nominations signed by members of all three constituencies will be looked upon favourably. The nomination form should include specific examples of exceptional performance of their duties and may include examples of teaching in both undergraduate and research labs.


The Deputy Head of Graduate Studies will select no more than 3 nominees for consideration.  Selection will be based on the strength of the nomination. The selected nominees will be invited to submit their teaching dossier to the Deputy Head for consideration which includes a letter describing the exceptional performance in their teaching. The deadline for submitting an application will be no later than the 2nd week of December and the 2nd week of April for the Fall and Winter awards, respectively. The nominees will be provided with a copy of their
nomination. In the event that the Deputy Head is in conflict with any of the nominees the Head will select another (other) member(s) from the faculty or staff to head the selection committee.


The Deputy Head of Graduate Studies will select the recipient in consultation with a committee selected by the Head that includes students, staff, and faculty. No committee member will be selected who is in conflict with any of the nominees (e.g. supervisor of a nominee). The selection will be based on the nominations, teaching dossier, and consultation with faculty or staff who have supervised the applicant in teaching roles. The committee members will each provide a rank of each applicant according to the rubric in Appendix B. The applicants will be evaluated on the basis of all aspects of their performance as demonstrators and/or teachers, including their reliability, efficacy, enthusiasm, and attention to safety.

Each member of the selection committee will assign scores to each of the applicants for the semester. Scores will be granted on the 4 point scale based on the given rubric. Half-points may be awarded. The selection committee will be provided with the teaching dossiers and nominations for all applicants received in the last 4 semesters.  The applicants will be considered on the basis of all aspects of their performance as demonstrators, including their reliability, efficacy, enthusiasm, and attention to safety.  The nominee with the highest aggregate score will receive the award. If a committee member has a conflict of interest regarding an applicant (e.g., supervises him or her), their score will be excluded.

An applicant must have been nominated in the semester the award is given. Nominations made in previous three semesters will be kept on file and can be considered by the committee as additional support for an application.   






The contributions by the applicant are inconsistent or unexceptional. Some feedback on the applicant’s performance is negative.



There is evidence of multiple positive contributions, but not beyond the  expectations. The feedback on the applicant is positive but undistinguished.



A consistent and impressive record of contributions is provided. The applicant has received multiple nominations. The feedback on the applicant is consistently and unambiguously positive.



The number and significance of the contributions of is exceptionally high and demonstrate superior commitment and proficiency. An exceptionally large number of nominations are made from a range of sources. The feedback received about  the applicant consistently describes performance that is beyond expectations. The applicant has received nominations in previous semesters.



Appendix A: Sample Graduate Teaching Dossier

Student Name

Teaching Responsibilities

  1. Laboratory Demonstrator, General Chemistry I (CHEM 1050), Winter 2015, Supervisor: Bernie Rice
  2. Tutorial leader, General Chemistry II (CHEM 1051), Fall 2016, Supervisor: Dr. Travis Fridgen
  3. Help center tutor, First year chemistry, Supervisor: Dr. Karen Hattenhauer
  4. Marker, General Chemistry I (CHEM 1050), Fall 1050,  Supervisor: Dr. Chris Flinn

Guest Lectures

  1. Statistical Thermodynamics and Rate Theories (CHEM 3303), February 26, 2015, Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Rowley

Outreach Activities

  1. Demonstrator, Science Rendezvous, May 9, 2015, Supervisor: Dr. Cora Young



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