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Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Awarded for teaching excellence in schools with undergraduate programs, the E.P. Curtis Award recognizes a record of distinguished teaching, typically developed over at least eight years, as well as a demonstrated readiness to help less experienced faculty colleagues or teaching assistants master their craft. The faculty recipient is honored with a citation at commencement and receives a monetary award.

To see past recipients click here. Questions about the Curtis Award for Undergraduate Teaching should be directed to Jason Adsit.

Edward Peck Curtis Awards for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student
Established to encourage excellence in the work of graduate students who assist undergraduate instruction, the E.P Curtis Award for Graduate Students is awarded to up to five nominees per year.  Any full-time graduate student with a role in undergraduate education is eligible.  Nominees are expected to have had significant face-to-face interaction with undergraduate students in the classroom or laboratory. Awards are determined by the Vice Provost & University Dean of Graduate Studies, based on nominations from individual departments or undergraduate student groups.

Questions about the Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student should be sent to Pat McLane.

G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching
Established in honor of Professor Ralph Helmkamp ‘11, Professor of Chemistry, this award recognizes teaching excellence by a non-tenured member of the faculty. To quote the donor: “Recognizing that many tenured faculty members excel in both teaching and research, it is my expectation that this annual award, directed exclusively to the non-tenured faculty, will encourage both interest and excellence in instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.” The award is intended for faculty on the tenure track who have not yet been tenured. The faculty recipient is honored with a citation at commencement and receives a monetary award.

To see past recipients click here. Questions about G. Graydon and Jane W. Curtis Award should be directed to Jason Adsit.

Goergen Awards
Sponsored by alumnus, trustee, and former board chairman Robert B. Goergen and his wife, Pamela, the Goergen Award recognizes the distinctive teaching accomplishments and skills of faculty in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The Award acknowledges the full scope of work contributing to excellence in undergraduate education, and can be given for distinguished teaching in large introductory courses or advanced seminars. In addition to acknowledging superior classroom performance, it can recognize innovation in course design or teaching methods, the creative use of educational technology, the integration of research and teaching, the capacity to elicit superior work from students, or the mentoring of students in independent study projects and senior essays. The College invites nominations from all sectors of the College: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff members, and administrators. Three recipients are honored each October at the Goergen Awards Luncheon and receive an award of $15,000 each. 

To see past recipients click here.  For nomination information, contact Myra Henry in the School of Arts, Science and Engineering Dean's Office.

Lifetime Achievement in Graduate Education Award
This award commemorates the distinguished careers of University of Rochester faculty members who have provided outstanding guidance and mentorship to doctoral students at the University, and whose students have in turn gone on to make important contributions in scholarship, business, or government. The award is presented at the University doctoral commencement ceremony.

To see past recipients click hereQuestions about theLifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education should be directed to Pat McLane.

William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
The Riker Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching recognizes a faculty member who has excelled in graduate instruction, particularly in the University's doctoral programs. Presented at the Doctoral Commencement Ceremony each May, this award also carries a monetary award.

To see past recipients click here. Questions about the Riker Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching should be directed to Pat McLane.