Five graduate students at the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music have received 1994 Edward Peck Curtis Awards for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. Each recipient will receive a $500 award. The winners are:
Mark Betz, an instructor for six English department classes. Betz was cited for enthusiasm, generosity, and a knack for getting students to think for themselves.
Richard Caffelle, a teaching assistant for several mathematics courses. Caffelle's students evaluated his teaching as truly outstanding.
Noel Painter, a music theory teacher at Eastman. Students praised Painter's unique teaching style and natural ability to inspire them to achieve higher standards of excellence.
Grace "Sid" Ray, an instructor for six courses in the English department. Ray, whose evaluations were exceptionally high, was praised by students who felt they profited greatly from their classes and enjoyed themselves in the process.
Toshio Takahashi, a teaching assistant for two courses in mechanical engineering. Takahashi was cited for the extra effort and care that he put into his teaching.
The honor is awarded to full-time graduate students who assist in teaching undergraduates at the University. Selection for the award is a competitive process; students are nominated by their departments or undergraduate students and are evaluated on the quality of their instruction.