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Kinesiology doctoral student is Golden Key's graduate teaching assistant of the year

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

By Kelsey Peterson

Josh SmithFifteen of K-State's graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants were nominated by faculty to be recognized for their outstanding leadership and diligence at the Golden Key International Honour Society's GRA and GTA Awards Ceremony and Reception, April 24, at the K-State Student Union. Two students were selected to receive the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year award and Graduate Research Assistant of the Year award.

"Golden Key sponsors this recognition ceremony because we feel that it is important to acknowledge the graduate teaching and research assistants at K-State and all that they do," said Kori Zarzutzki, social events chair for Golden Key. "It gives department heads and professors an opportunity to show their GTA or GRA that their work is not only great, but truly appreciated by nominating them for the Outstanding GTA of the Year or Outstanding GRA of the Year awards."

Joshua Smith, a doctoral student in kinesiology, was nominated by his major professor Craig Harms, professor of kinesiology, for the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year award.

"Josh has always taken great care in his responsibilities and ensures that his students learn the material," Harms said. "He highly values teaching and has truly been an outstanding GTA in our department. He connects well with students and they enjoy learning from him."

Amanda Martens, a doctoral student in psychology, received the Graduate Research Assistant of the Year award. She was nominated by Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School.

Additional College of Human Ecology graduate teaching and research assistants who were recognized:

• Stacy Conner, family studies and human services, nominated by Jared Anderson.
• Brooke Cull, food, nutrition, dietetics and health, nominated by Sara Rosenkranz.

Full article in K-State Today.

This article was posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, and is filed under College News, Kinesiology.