Teaching Assistant Award

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant


This $300 monetary award honors a graduate student who has excelled as a teaching assistant in an undergraduate or graduate level classes. The outstanding achievement of coaching and inspiring excellent work among students exemplifies the admirable contribution of graduate students to the university. One or more $100 honorable mention may be awarded at the discretion of the judging committee. The judging committee will be comprised of a jury of faculty members and graduate students representing all the colleges in the graduate school.
Applications will be accepted from March 1- March 25, 2024 for a course taught course taught in 2023. Post-docs may apply for teaching assistant positions held when they were graduate students.

Application Requirements

Items I should be typed directly into the form in the Google form in the “Submission” section below. Item II and III should be forwarded to your course supervisor and students, as indicated.

I. Applicant’s Personal Statement (500 words max)

Please elaborate your contribution and impact to the course by providing detailed information evidencing the criteria listed in the rubric for this award, e.g.:

How much effort do you put in the preparation of your teaching?
How do you showcase the quality and consistency of your work?
How do you communicate with your students and your professor?
What are the ways you show individual support to your students?
What steps have you taken toward self-reflection and improvement as a teaching assistant?

II. Supervisor’s Supporting Letter (500 words max)
This letter may be written by more than one supervisor. Students should feel free to request supporting letter from more than 1 supervisor. In this letter, supervisors should provide a letter supporting TA's application for the GSU Outstanding TA award. Supervisors should define the applicant's responsibilities for the course and the extent to which s/he has excelled in fulfilling them, highlighting her/his preparation, follow-through, professional relationships, self-reflection and self-improvement while discharging their duties.

III. A questionnaire completed by 3 students in your class.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant FAQs


How long should my personal statement be?

There is a word limit of 500 words in the google form, which is roughly equivalent to 1 ½ pages single-spaced. You need not utilize the word count completely. 


TA Award:

Applicant Form

Supervisor Form

Student Support Form