Eligibility & Nomination

All engineering graduate students who have completed one term as a GSI in the past academic year (e.g., fall 2015, winter 2016, or spring/summer 2016) are eligible for this award. Former winners are not eligible.

GSIs selected for the Towner Prize must demonstrate the following::

      • creativity or innovation as an instructor,
      • excellence in teaching, and
      • remarkable dedication to student success

Selection Process:

1. Faculty and students may nominate a GSI who fits the criteria listed above. GSIs can self-nominate. Nomination packets must include:

      • Cover page & GSI reflective statement
      • Letter of recommendation from the GSI’s supervising faculty member. Letter should address the 3 criteria and include supporting quotes from students (when possible)

Nomination packets are due December 2, 2016 at noon. 2. A selection committee of CoE faculty and former Towner Prize winners reviews all nominations and chooses the winners. Winners will be notified by February 6, 2017. Please direct questions to townerprize@umich.edu.