Ph.D. Candidate Receives Service Award Honorable Mention-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ph.D. Candidate Receives Service Award Honorable Mention

Melissa Witzberger, a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences candidate, has received the 2009 Carnegie Mellon Graduate Student Service Award Honorable Mention. The Graduate Student Service and Teaching Awards ceremony was held on Friday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Rangos Hall at the University Center.

Witzberger is one of the founding members of the Sciences Teaching Club and currently serves as the organization’s president. The club seeks to improve graduate student teaching in courses and develop students’ interests and capabilities to become outstanding educators at many levels.

The organization is also involved in numerous outreach programs. For instance, Witzberger has served as a judge for the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair along with other club members.

As a result of her work with the Sciences Teaching Club, Witzberger was invited to attend the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) 2008 Forum. She presented a poster at the forum, along with Vice President Ken Hovis, about the efforts that club members are taking to better prepare themselves for careers involving teaching.

Witzberger has also served on the department’s recruiting committee. “Melissa played a key role in mobilizing students and faculty to significantly overhaul how we recruit graduate students,” said Acting Department Head John Woolford.

She is currently a fourth year doctoral candidate and works in Dr. Jonathan Minden’s laboratory.