Three Math Teaching Assistants win 2016 GATA Award

April 4, 2016
GATA Winners (l2r) Osama Khalil, Sean Meehan, Katie Ritchey

Please join us in congratulating OSU Math Department graduate students Katie Ritchey, Sean Meehan, and Osama Khalil for receiving a 2016 Graduate Associate Teaching Award.

All three awardees entered the Math PhD program in 2013 as fellowship students. Katie and Sean received their Bachelor's degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and both were also recipients of the Math Department's Distinguished First Year GTA Award in 2015. Osama received two Bachelor's degrees from American University in Cairo, Egypt as well as degrees from the Cairo University of Medicine. Here at OSU Katie currently works with Prof. Kahle, Sean with Prof. Nguyen, and Osama with Prof. Shah of the Math Department.

Each year only ten of OSU's more than 3,000 Graduate Teaching Associates receive a GATA Award in recognition of exceptional teaching. There were 358 TAs nominated for the award this year, 86 of whom were reviewed by the OSU Graduate School's award committee prior to selection of the final ten. It is a remarkable achievement that 30% of these awards were received by Math Department GTAs this year. We would also like to extend our congratulations to the team in our department that is responsible for our GTA training. This team is led by Dan Boros and includes John Lewis and Deborah Stout (who joined this team more recently).

Previous GATA winners from the Department of Mathematics include Bora Bosna (2012), Vaidy Sivaraman (2007), T.J. Duda (2001), Dan Boros (1998), and Tony Nance (1994).

photo of Katie Ritchey with Scott Hernessphoto of Sean Meehan with Scott Hernessphoto of Osama Khalil with Scott Hernessphoto of Katie Ritchey with her studentsphoto of Sean Meehan with math faculty and staffphoto of Osama Khalil with Luis Casian and students