Laura Nelson Honored with Teaching Award

April 11, 2024

Laura Nelson, a third-year graduate student, was awarded a Graduate School Teaching Award. The award is given annually to graduate students who have made an outstanding contribution to undergraduate teaching. On April 17, the Graduate School hosted a Tribute to Teaching Reception, hosted by Rodney D. Priestly, dean of the Graduate School. Each awardee received $1,000.

The teaching award was given for her work as a preceptor in the course “American Cultural History,” taught by lecturer Noelle Bodick *23.

Nelson “is a natural-born teacher: patient, inquisitive, and generous intellectually at every opportunity,” said Bodick, who appreciated how Nelson jumped in to give a tutorial on digital humanities and took on other tasks. “I thanked my lucky stars for Laura.”

Students remarked that Nelson gently drew out shy students in class discussions. When it came time for final projects, she provided detailed, thoughtful feedback that assisted students’ understanding of the material. “She conducted her precepts in a way that made historical analysis and writing seem less daunting to me, a molecular biology major,” said one student.