11 honored by GSA for service to grad students

11 honored by GSA for service to grad students

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) has recognized several faculty, staff, students and friends of the university for their strong support of Rice graduate students with its service awards for 2019.

GSA Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award

Mustafa Amin, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, received the GSA Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award. This honor is presented to faculty members who demonstrate outstanding service to graduate student education.

GSA Faculty/Staff Service Award

Shirley Tapscott, department coordinator and graduate program director in sociology, and Adria Baker, associate vice provost for international education, received the GSA Faculty/Staff Service Award. This award is given to faculty and staff members who have gone beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of life for graduate students at Rice.

Robert Lowry Patten Award

Graduate students Taehoon Im and Jordin Metz won the Robert Lowry Patten Award, which is given in honor of Robert Patten, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor Emeritus in Humanities and former GSA faculty adviser. It recognizes graduate students who might not otherwise have been honored for their service and achievement on behalf of graduate students.

GSA Service Award

Graduate students Mary Natoli, Jason Guo, Christoph Wagner and Kelly McKisson are the recipients of the GSA Service Award. They were chosen for their contributions of time, effort and service to improving graduate life and education at Rice.

Friends of Rice Graduate Students Award

Alumnus Frank Cano won the Friends of Rice Graduate Students Award, which is presented in recognition of efforts to enhance the lives of graduate students. This award honors people within and beyond the Rice community who may not otherwise be recognized for their service to graduate students.