The 2012 School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award has been awarded to Chelsea Humbyrd, a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award was established in 2006 to recognize and encourage extraordinary teaching and mentoring by a graduate student in the School of Engineering.
Nominators describe Chelsea as a "truly gifted teacher" with a "great future ahead" who "goes beyond what is reasonable to expect from even the best TA." Students report that Chelsea “goes above and beyond in everything" and that they "have never had a TA with such dedication and passion toward the subject material."
In 2010, Chelsea also received a large number of nominations from students (both undergraduate and graduate), and was the recipient of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's 2010 Maseeh Award for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant. In the spring following her receipt of the award, she continued her commitment to honing her teaching skills and completed MIT's Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program. During that time she also determined that her true calling was to pursue a PhD in engineering education. As a consequence, Chelsea will be completing her SM in Course I this summer, and enrolling in the combined graduate program at Tufts.
The School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award is presented annually. Any graduate student in the school who has demonstrated extraordinary teaching and mentoring as a teaching or research assistant is eligible. The final selection of the Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award is made by the Dean of Engineering.