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Norman I & Susan G Krinsky Excellence in Basic Science Teaching Award

Melissa LaBonty - 2017 Recipient
Melissa LaBonty - 2017 Recipient

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The Norman I and Susan G Krinsky Excellence in Basic Science Teaching Award was established in 2001 by Norman and Susan Krinsky. This award commemorates his retirement after 40 years of service to GSBS and Tufts University School of Medicine. The award is presented to the graduate student who has shown sustained teaching excellence while at GSBS.

Award Amount



GSBS students initiate the application process by applying for this award. Students who can demonstrate teaching excellence in classroom lectures, seminars, recitation/study sections, training students, tutoring or other kinds of teaching will be considered. A graduate student may receive this award only once during his or her graduate career.

Application Process

The application should include the applicant's name, graduate program, year at GSBS, thesis advisor's name, and the documents listed below.

  • A personal statement describing the applicant's teaching experience, motivation for teaching, and accomplishments
  • Two letters of support from faculty or administrators describing the applicant's teaching responsibilities and accomplishments
  • Up to three letters of support from students who have benefited from the applicant's teaching
  • Course evaluation data, if applicable

All materials should be submitted via the online Krinsky application form.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is in February of each academic year.

Selection Criteria

  • Overall effectiveness as an instructor
  • Command of the subject area
  • Skills in organizing and developing course material
  • Skills in presenting course material
  • Capacity to motivate and inspire students
  • Contributions to the course
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate and/or graduate level

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