The physics department awarded the 2016 Outstanding Physics Teaching Assistant Award to graduate students Kara Googins and Tabitha Yewer for their exemplary service as recitation and laboratory teaching assistants for the Principles of Physics courses during the 2015-16 academic year. "Kara is a phenomenal recitation TA. She goes above and beyond her duties all the time,and her office hours and recitation sections are very popular with students," says Prof. Patrick Johnson. Prof. Chris Cothran notes that Tabitha is always on top of things in the lab, has a great rapport with students, and, in the words of one student, "Tabitha is THE BEST! She is so helpful and clear in her explanations!"
Each awardee was presented a certificate of achievement and a gift membership to the American Association of Physics Teachers, a professional society dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.