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Cornelia Ye Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

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Past Recipients


Nicholas Fletcher, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Steffen Blings, Government

Wayne Uy, Applied Mathmatics
Carolyn Fisher, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Irina Gaynanova, Statistical Science, currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University
Nicholas Mason, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Yulianto (Anto) Mohsin, Science and Technology Studies
Gizem Surenkok, Human Development

Darrick Evensen, Natural Resources
Sinja Graf, Government

The Cornelia Ye Award honors two outstanding teaching assistants, at least one of whom is international, who have clearly demonstrated excellence and dedication in their instructional responsibilities to students at Cornell University, thereby enhancing undergraduate and graduate education at Cornell. Recipients of the Cornelia Ye Outstanding TA Award will receive a $500 award in recognition of their exceptional achievements in teaching.

Stepfanie AguillonAravind Natarajan

2017-2018 Cornelia Ye Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Winners Stepfanie Aguillon and Aravind Natarajan

Eligibility Requirements

Graduate teaching assistants who:

  • Have received excellent teaching evaluations.
  • Have a minimum of two semesters of TA experience at Cornell University.
  • Are currently enrolled on a full-time basis.  

Both international and domestic teaching assistants are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

The complete application package (limit of 20 pages) should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document to The award recipient will be notified .

The package must include:

  • Cover letter that highlights teaching experiences at Cornell and all eligibility requirements for the award (not to exceed two pages).
  • List of courses taught. Include details of responsibilities associated with the positions held (teaching, grading, course development, review sessions, office hours, etc.).
  • Student evaluations for two semesters (not included in 20 pages).
  • Teaching CV. Highlight teaching experiences, teaching awards, and related professional development experiences (not to exceed 2 pages).
  • Teaching philosophy statement (1- 2 pages).
  • Letters of recommendation completed by faculty members of record for courses TA’d should be sent, under separate cover, to
  • Letter(s) of support from former student(s). These can be included in the package, or sent directly to Limit of 3 letters.

    Optional components that may be included:

  • Course syllabus, one that the applicant has developed or would like to develop.
  • Sample assignments, sample student work, observation reports, etc.
  • Evidence of participation in teaching-related programs offered at Cornell University  (departmental TA training, Knight Institute training, CTI-sponsored program, other).

For additional information, please contact the Center for Teaching Innovation by email ( or phone: 607-255-7224. Access a downloadable pdf of the application form here.

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