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Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Awarded for teaching excellence in schools with undergraduate programs, the E.P. Curtis Award recognizes a record of distinguished teaching, typically developed over at least eight years, as well as a demonstrated readiness to help less experienced faculty colleagues or teaching assistants master their craft. The faculty recipient is honored with a citation at commencement and receives a monetary award.

Edward Peck Curtis Awards for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student

Established to encourage excellence in the work of graduate students who assist undergraduate instruction, the E.P Curtis Award for Graduate Students is awarded to a small number of full-time graduate students with a role in undergraduate education. Nominees are expected to have had significant face-to-face interaction with undergraduate students in the classroom or laboratory. Awards are determined by the Vice Provost & University Dean of Graduate Studies, based on nominations from individual departments or undergraduate student groups.

G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching

Established in honor of Professor Ralph Helmkamp '11, Professor of Chemistry, this award recognizes teaching excellence by a non-tenured member of the faculty. To quote the donor: “Recognizing that many tenured faculty members excel in both teaching and research, it is my expectation that this annual award, directed exclusively to the non-tenured faculty, will encourage both interest and excellence in instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.” The award is intended for faculty on the tenure track who have not yet been tenured. The faculty recipient is honored with a citation at commencement and receives a monetary award.

Lifetime Achievement in Graduate Education Award

This award award recognizes University of Rochester faculty members who have provided outstanding guidance and mentorship to doctoral students at the University, and whose students have in turn gone on to make important contributions in scholarship, business, or government. The award is given in years when the record of a candidate nominated for the award below meets criteria for this special honor and is presented at the University doctoral commencement ceremony.

William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

The Riker Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching recognizes a faculty member who has excelled in graduate instruction, particularly in the University's doctoral programs. The award is presented at the Doctoral Commencement Ceremony each May.