The Gillings School Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) Award recognizes a graduate teaching assistant who inspires students, enhances student learning and supports student success in the classroom.

Teaching assistants nominated for this award must be students who are pursuing a graduate degree at Gillings and have served in a TA role during the current (2023-24) academic year. This year, two graduate student TAs (one from the MPH degree program and one from among all other graduate degree programs) will each receive a $1,000 prize intended to help advance their educational development in teaching.


Students who are pursuing a graduate degree from Gillings and have served in a teaching assistant role for a graduate Gillings course during the current academic year are eligible for this award.

Selection Criteria

Nominate a Gillings graduate student teaching assistant who has:

  • inspired students;
  • enhanced student learning through creative, engaging and/or innovative teaching methods;
  • supported student success in the classroom; and,
  • facilitated students’ development as public health professionals.


Gillings faculty, staff and students may nominate a teaching assistant by providing a brief supporting statement (500 words) that addresses the above criteria for the person whom they are nominating. The deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday, February 22, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Past recipients

Celeste Kurz Goodwin, NUTR
Purva Trivedi, HB

Dane Emmerling, HB
Hanna Huffstetler, HB
Lee Doyle, HB

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