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Stanford Report, June 11, 2003

34 teaching assistants to be given Centennial awards

Thirty-six teaching assistants, in disciplines from Asian languages to statistics, will be honored with Centennial Teaching Assistant Awards at a ceremony on Saturday at the Faculty Club. Initiated in 1989, the program recognizes and rewards outstanding teaching by teaching assistants in the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences and Engineering.

Ewart Thomas, professor of psychology, started the program during his years as dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences to acknowledge and celebrate the important role that teaching assistants play in teaching at Stanford. Each year half of the departments in Humanities and Sciences are invited to choose one to three (depending on the department's size) of their graduate student teachers to be honored by the designation Centennial TA. In Engineering and Earth Sciences, all departments are eligible to nominate TAs each year, and from two to seven are chosen winners.

Endowment gifts for the Centennial TA Program in Humanities and Sciences were made by Stanford friends and alumni Bill ('56) and Reva ('54) Tooley of Los Angeles, Melvin ('44) and Joan Lane of Atherton, and Marta S. Weeks ('51) of Miami.

Winners from the School of Humanities and Sciences are Casey Alt, Matthew Booker, Maria Del Carmen Cifuentes, Brady Clark, Jesse Czelusta, Ji Fang, Sabrina Ferri, Sanjai Gupta, Sara Hackenberg, Suraj Jacob, Shawn Kairschner, Shu Kuge, Melissa Leavitt, Lap "Francis" Lee, Virginia Matzek, Joana Meyer, Kristin Monroe, Patricia Pender, Amy Perfors, Jessica Purcell, Laura Rose, Mukta Sharangpani, Victoria Stodden, Benjamin Thomas, Kathleen Tierney, Vivian Truong, Ryan Vinroot, Ryan Watts and John Wolf.

Winners from the School of Earth Sciences are Travis Whittier Horton, Karen Hae-Myung Hyun and Joe Voelker.

Winners from the School of Engineering are Craig Foster, Paul Hartke, Mykel Kochenderfer and Kim Woodrow.