For Adriana Alejandra Zuniga Teran, ALRS Ph.D. Candidate, May 2013 is a very special and memorable month. Because on this merry month of May she has received 2 awards that make her standout as an achieving graduate student.
First, it was recently announced by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP) Administration office, that she had won one of the GIDP Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant/Associate (GTA) Awards for 2012-2013. She had won this award for the very excellent evaluation she received from Katie Hirschboeck, Associate Professor, who was the instructor of record, for the Introduction to Global Change class that Adriana was a GTA. Here is an excerpt from that evaluation:
“I’ve been blessed with some great GIDP GTA’s from Arid Lands in the past, but Adriana just might be the best ever! She was superb!
A unique contribution she provided was the way she gave me a new perspective on the needs of international students in the class and how to assist them, drawn from her own experience as an international student from Mexico. She assisted me greatly in this area, especially by taking on the job of answering the many emails I typically get from new international students who are struggling to navigate an academic milieu that is foreign to them.
To sum it all up – Adriana was just outstanding as a GTA and one I would hope to work with again in the future if at all possible!”
The Outstanding GIDP GTA award included a certificate of achievement and a $100 gift certicate.
Second, the Global Change Executive Committee, with assistance from The Institute of the Environment, announced last May 22nd, 2013, that Adriana has been awarded the Dissertation Improvement Grant for 2013/2014 academic year! This award will pay for up to $1,000 worth of expenses that she had outlined in her application.