Teaching Assistant Award

YEAR           AWARDEE
2014-2015           Peter Thompson
2013-2014           Samantha Wilson
2012-2013           Peter Thompson
2011-2012           George Chung
2010-2011           Courtney Hanna
2009-2010           Farah Zahir



The Medical Genetics Teaching Assistant Award was first instituted in 2010 by a group of MEDG 530 students who felt that their hard-working TA (Farah Zahir) deserved to be recognized in a special way. Since then, in every MEDG course, at the of the term students receive an evaluation form that has a section for them to recommend (or not) their TA for this distinctive award. Students write their comments on the TA and rank them (on a scale of 1-5) on the following criteria:

  • The TA promoted learning in the course
  • The TA communicated effectively
  • The TA was well-prepared for the course
  • The TA stimulated interest in the course
  • The TA was accessible to students
  • The tutorial sessions were informative
  • The Vista WebCT postings were helpful

A TA Award Review Committee is composed of several members of the Research Day Committee. They receive copies of the TA evaluations where the identifiers (the TA’s name and the course name) have been removed, ensuring an unbiased process of selection.