Graduate Student Awards
The Graduate Student Awards encourage and recognize exemplary teaching by and service to graduate students and Carnegie Mellon. Recipients have displayed outstanding effectiveness in the classroom and have contributed to an improved quality of life for graduate students and the entire academic community. Awardees are recognized during the Celebration of Education Award Ceremony.
Meet the 2022 award recipients below.
Graduate Student Teaching Award
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Lea Albaugh researches fabrication and material creativity as a PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.
Lea's focus on experiential, student-lead, and craft-based approaches to learning has been shaped by working as a teaching artist in the Makeshop at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, by participating as a learner in an unschooling-like environment at the Recurse Center in New York, and by leading workshops for both children and adults on topics spanning from fabric manipulation techniques to video game programming.
Within CMU, Lea has taught the E-Textiles Micro course in IDeATe for five semesters so far (including transitioning to a remote learning modality), been a member of the teaching team for HCII's core-curriculum User-Centred Research and Evaluation course, and collaborated on the design and teaching of Prototyping Algorithmic Experiences, a new core course for HCII undergrad and masters students. Lea has also mentored undergraduate and masters student collaborators, and lead the HCII's first PhD student application mentoring program for outreach to underrepresented prospective students.
Graduate Student Service Award
This year’s winner of the 2022 Graduate Student Service Award is a group of Ph.D. students responsible for the creation of CS-JEDI: Justice Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (15-996) a student-developed and student-taught course, focusing on topics within justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). Its purpose is to better prepare PhD students to communicate about JEDI topics, advocate for themselves, and be effective allies to others. This course is now a CS- PhD requirement. The implementation and lessons learned from the course for PhD-CSD students has the potential to serve as a model and driving force for adoption in additional units across the University.
Group Award Recipients
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