Graduate student teaching award winners announced

Melissa Chalmers

PhD students Allen Flynn and Caitlin Holman received this year’s Yahoo! Student Teaching Awards and PhD student Melissa Chalmers was recognized as the School of Information’s Graduate Student Instructor of the Year.

Award recipients are selected based on student nominations and supervising faculty reviews. Graduate students teaching courses and/or serving as GSIs at the School of Information during the fall and winter terms of each academic year are eligible for the awards.

Yahoo! initiated its student teaching awards in 2009 to recognize graduate students who demonstrate exemplary dedication, enthusiasm, technical expertise, and communication skills as graduate student instructors (GSIs).

Chalmers received the UMSI Graduate Student Instructor of the Year Award for teaching SI 500 and SI 501. For this award, students selected candidates that demonstrated outstanding performance as GSIs.

Allen Flynn

For his work teaching SI 525 and SI 654, Flynn was given the Yahoo! Student’s Choice Teaching Award. Nominated by students, this award recognizes the GSI who exhibits the highest degree of excellence in teaching.




Caitlin Holman

Holman won the Yahoo! Teaching with Technology Award for her work on GradeCraft, a game-inspired learning management system. The award recognizes a graduate student who has used technology in an innovative way to improve teaching and learning. Candidates are nominated by faculty, and graduate students who had the GSIs in their courses are asked to vote and provide brief statements about why the GSI should receive the award. 

In addition to receiving recognition in one of the three designated categories, each awardee also receives a cash prize. 

Posted on May 20, 2014