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PhD candidate honored for teaching

Monday, April 27, 2020
Matthew Ahrens received a 2020 School of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education Award.
Matthew Ahrens and a friend
Matthew Ahrens (right) was honored for his teaching when the 2020 Graduate Awards were announced. Photo courtesy of Matthew Ahrens.

The School of Engineering Outstanding Contributor to Engineering Education Award recognizes full-time graduate students who, through teaching assistant work, voluntary service, and/or other activities, have significantly enhanced significantly the education programs of a department in the School of Engineering. PhD candidate Matthew Ahrens of the Department of Computer Science is a 2020 recipient of this award.

As a recipient of a Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) Fellowship, Ahrens was required to teach in a classroom. He instituted a number of changes and new activities, including revising the course, restructuring classroom time, and instituting innovative assessments. Ahrens’ teaching practices produced in-depth classroom discussions and a high quality of student projects.

Ahrens is a PhD candidate in Computer Science and is interested in pursuing a teaching faculty position after graduation. He received a Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) Fellowship for the Fall 2019 semester.

Read more about the 2020 Graduate Awards.