Biology Grads Win Dean’s Awards for Mentoring and Teaching

Congratulations to Eleanor Caves (Johnsen Lab) and Erin McKenney (Yoder Lab) on their Dean's Awards for Excellence!

Eleanor won the award for skillfully guiding undergraduates through the demands of academic research. According to the Graduate School website, “The Duke University Graduate School presents the Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring to recognize the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty and graduate students who consistently serve as effective mentors. Designed to allow the university community to identify faculty and graduate students who embody both the letter and spirit of mentoring, these awards are important examples of the university’s continuing efforts to cultivate a culture of mentoring.”

Erin won her award for her outstanding teaching ability. “The Duke University Graduate School created the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching to celebrate and honor exemplary teaching by currently enrolled PhD students who are engaged in teaching Duke undergraduate or graduate students. Each spring, The Graduate School recognizes up to three graduate students who best exemplify the characteristics of effective college teaching as they prepare for lives of service, leadership, and teaching.” Erin is the first Biology student to win this award!

The Biology Department is proud to number such accomplished educators among our graduate students!

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Graduate School Announces 2017 Dean’s Award Winners