Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Spring '08 Undergraduate Teaching FellowsMechE has implemented a new Undergraduate Teaching Fellows Program to provide top undergraduates with an opportunity for both teaching and leadership experience. Professor Jack Beuth, MechE's Undergraduate Committee Chair, says, "We have always felt that our Department's greatest strength is our students. This program is an opportunity to reward some of our very best students, while allowing them to make an impact on our curriculum." Rising juniors and seniors selected as teaching fellows will receive a small monetary award and an appointment for one semester, which may be renewed. Seven outstanding students were identified during a rigorous selection process that included nominations from faculty and undergraduates, interviews to assess applicants' interest in teaching, and a 10-minute statics problem.
These students are:
Christine Appleby Sarah Biltz
Sarah MarmalefskyEleanor McDaniel
Shane McGuire David Urban
and Alexander (Sandy) Williams
Each fellow has been assigned to support a core undergraduate course in the Fall semester. Their potential responsibilities include assisting in hands-on design or computational projects, running laboratories (with help from graduate teaching assistants), holding office hours, and running help sessions. Undergraduate teaching fellows will play an important role in MechE's new "Thermal Fluids Experimentation and Design" and "Mechanical Systems Experimentation" courses, designed to give students more in-depth laboratory experiences. These undergraduate teaching fellows will gain an entirely new perspective on the undergraduate classroom-as well as being introduced to a teaching career at an early stage..