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Albert Ruesink Outstanding Associate Instructor Teaching Award in Biology

Give Now buttonAl Ruesink’s family, friends, colleagues, and former students who wish to honor his passion for quality teaching can make an online memorial gift to the Ruesink Outstanding Instructor Teaching Award in Biology by clicking this Give Now button which links to a secure IU Foundation website.

About the Albert Ruesink Outstanding Associate Instructor Teaching Award in Biology

This fund supports an annual award that promotes and recognizes excellent teaching by graduate students teaching in the IU Bloomington Department of Biology. Candidates must be Department of Biology majors or related majors who have been selected for the award because of their teaching within the Department of Biology. The annual award shall be a minimum of $1,500 per year, and the number of recipients each year should never exceed three. Should sufficient income be available after the teaching award is granted, this fund could also be used to send departmental graduate students to conferences primarily related to teaching, with preference given to students presenting papers or posters at these conferences.

This award was established in 2013 by Albert and Kathy Ruesink. During their careers at Indiana University, the couple mentored thousands of students.

Amanda Gibson, 2015 Ruesink Outstanding Associate Instructor

Amanda Gibson and Kathy Ruesink

Graduate student Amanda “Mandy” Gibson (left) and Kathleen “Kathy” Ruesink. Gibson is the recipient of the Albert Ruesink Outstanding Associate Instructor Teaching Award in Biology. This is the first time this award was given. Photo: Terri Greene.

Amanda Gibson has been selected to receive the first Ruesink Outstanding Associate Instructor Teaching Award in Biology. She was nominated for her outstanding work in Curt Lively’s S318 Honors Evolution course. This special class combines lecture, lab, discussion, and intensive writing. In addition to volunteering to assist with the Honors Evolution course, Mandy has also mentored undergraduate students in research and participated in outreach at WonderLab and Harmony School. She is a member of Curt Lively’s lab, where she works on several interrelated research projects. One, which was just published in Evolution, examined whether or not cross-fertilization is coupled with a parasitic life style in a diverse group of roundworms.

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