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.

2023-24 Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) Award winners

Sarah Sutter, Master of Public Health student, Health Behavior
Haolin “Leo” Li, Doctoral student, Biostatistics

Past recipients

Celeste Kurz Goodwin, NUTR
Purva Trivedi, HB

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

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