(Pictured above left to right: Myrto Papadopoulou, Andrew Perrault, Leon Illane, Leanne Dawkins, Peter McCormick and Sara Burns)
On June 28, members of the Department of Computer Science were recognized for their outstanding contributions in teaching or service. These recipients were selected on nominations solicited from the department.
Here are the winners of the inaugural Department of Computer Science Distinction Awards.
Myrto Papadopoulou: Best Sessional Instructor for CSC108, Fall 2015:
Myrto is dedicated to teaching, both to the students in her section and the course overall; she has excellent instincts for which topics students find challenging and takes the initiative to prepare additional materials, with great care and pride in her work.
Peter McCormick: Best Teaching Assistant for CSC488/2107, Winter 2016
"Peter makes CSC488 a joy to teach," according to Prof. Dave Wortman. Peter went well beyond the call of duty in preparing extra tutorial materials, and his efforts were admired and appreciated not only by Prof. Wortman but also by the students taking CSC488.
Bahar Aameri, Alberto Camacho, Oscar Chen, Erin Delisle, Joanna Drummond, Leon Illanes, Andrew Perrault, and Eleni Trantafillou: Best TA Team for CSC384, Winter 2016. As a team, this winter's roster of TAs for CSC384 demonstrated proficiency with the course material, strong commitment to the students, creativity, flexibility, resolve, compassion, and a commitment to doing an excellent job. The TAs recognized each other's diverse expertise and organized themselves in ways that allowed students to take advantage of this diversity, offering an exceptional unified support team for the course and the students. Their combined effort made it possible to run a big end-of-term team project by providing regular 1-on-1 mentoring opportunities for the student groups.
Leanne Dawkins: Staff Distinction – Outstanding leadership in the undergraduate office and mentoring of students. Leanne has been at the helm of the Undergraduate Office for the period of explosive growth in the program. Leanne is instrumental to ensuring continuity in the program and finding solutions that enable new initiatives.
Sara Burns: Staff Distinction – Spearheading DCS Turns 50, and for tremendous support of faculty recruitment. Sara's professionalism, work ethic, and her attention to detail are legendary. Sara's mark is all over this department and helps define what makes us excellent. Sara is being recognized for DCS Turns 50 and her role in the success of faculty recruiting this year.
Prof. Anna Goldenberg: Service Distinction – Exceptional mentoring and outstanding commitment to graduate student recruitment. Anna is recognized for being the leader or the primary contributor to Computational Biology graduate admissions over the past three years. She has been praised for her mentoring and going above and beyond in ensuring that computational biology recruits the best graduate students.
Christina Christodoulakis: Service Distinction – For outstanding engagement with graduate student recruitment. Christina is a graduate student who volunteered to help with the grad visit day organization, being in charge of graduate student ambassadors. She is praised for her effort and creativity she put into this role. Which included participating in every single social event organized for vising students as part of the grad visit day, and making sure that students got the best possible impression of the department.