Doctoral Student Rachel Stonecipher has been awarded a 2016 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students. The highly competitive award recognizes the profound impact of graduate students on undergraduate education at Penn, and nominations come directly from undergraduates. Ten prizes are awarded annually by the Office of the Provost.
Stonecipher was nominated for her work as a teaching assistant in Professor Sharrona Pearl's class COMM 470: Freaks and Geeks: Outsiders on Display.
"Rachel is an incredibly thoughtful pedagogue who brought care, innovation, and passion to every class session," says Pearl. "She was always available to students, and her support and guidance proved invaluable to them and to me."