Graduate students Xiaowan (Kelly) Zheng and Luke St. Marie received the 2017 Outstanding Physics Teaching Assistant Award for their exemplary service as recitation and laboratory teaching assistants during the 2016-17 academic year. "Kelly was always on top of her responsibilities," said Prof. Patrick Johnson when presenting the award. "Students spoke very positively about their experiences with her and pointed out how engaging she was." According to Prof. Chris Cothran, Luke did an excellent job running lab sections, and students appreciated his expertise and ability to help them learn. "Luke was incredibly helpful and patient when fielding my questions," wrote one student. "I had a wonderful experience in lab this year."
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.