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Brenna Hill receives Harold F. Martin Outstanding Teaching Award

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Brenna Hill receives  Harold F. Martin Outstanding Teaching Award

Brenna Hill

Brenna Hill, Anatomy and Physiology TA, receives Harold F. Martin Outstanding Teaching Award Brenna Hill (Anatomy & Physiology graduate TA) is one of the recipients selected for the 2013 Harold F. Martin Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding graduate teaching assistants. The award is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Brenna has taught in the Biology Department’s Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory courses (Bio 129, 142, and 473) for six semesters. To say that Brenna’s students love her is an understatement. On the department’s teaching laboratory evaluations, Brenna’s students consistently rate her as an outstanding TA (her Quality of Instructor Rating is 3.92 out of 4.00).

In addition to her effort within her assigned sections,Brenna has also helped write new anatomy and physiology pre-lab lessons and experimental protocols, created grading rubrics used when students present journal articles in lab, and mentored both graduate and undergraduate TAs who have become outstanding teachers themselves.

Brenna is a Ph.D. candidate in Penn State’s Physiology Graduate Program, and will graduate this May. This summer, she plans to begin a post-doctoral program studying the hypothalamic mechanisms that regulate energy balance and bone metabolism in amenorrhea and anorexia nervosa.

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