Graduate Teaching Assistants are crucial to the Department’s teaching activities. Every year since 2011, we have recognized GTA excellence via the Statistics Department Graduate Teaching Award.
Eric Fu is this year’s recipient of the award. Eric has served the Department’s teaching mission and its graduate student community in many ways. He has served as a GTA in over 7 different courses with an enormous breadth of topics, from STAT 241/251 to STAT 443 to DSCI 521. He has presented ECOSCOPE workshops on R and served as the Master of Data Science students’ IT support. Eric has educated clients through his consulting work, specifically through the Short Term Consulting Service (STCS) and through the Statistical Opportunity for Students (SOS) program. Through STCS and SOS, Eric has also mentored his fellow Statistics graduate students in their consulting. And, since January 2015, he has mentored his colleagues in teaching, in his role as a TA trainer in the Department’s extensive TA training program. At the national level, as a member of the Statistical Society of Canada’s Student and Recent Graduate Committee, Eric contributed to discussions and actions to expand the SSC Accreditation program to more departments in Canada, including UBC. Throughout all of his work, he shows excellence and dedication.
The Awards Committee was impressed by Eric and ALL of the GTAs nominated for the award. The choice was not easy. The Department is fortunate to have such superb GTAs.
The financial component of this award is supported by the donor-funded Statistics Fund for Excellence: https://support.ubc.ca/projects/statistics-fund-excellence/.
To see a list of previous award winners, go to: https://www.stat.ubc.ca/statistics-graduate-teaching-assistant-award.