David Villalobos-Paz Receives Graduate School Teaching Award


David Villalobos-Paz was among seven graduate students honored for excellence in teaching and service by the Graduate School.

“Villalobos-Paz is an example for all of us on how to teach mathematics well,” said János Kollár, the Donner Professor of Science and professor of mathematics. “He clearly was energized by the chance to share his deep love of mathematics and win over a somewhat skeptical audience of students fulfilling a prerequisite or major requirement.”

“David not only presented the information in a manner that made the material understandable, but he also could answer any questions about the content regardless of the scope/difficulty with significant ease and clarity,” said one student.

Said another, “He teaches us how to do the work — not just the vague concepts — and his review sessions have been lifesavers.”

Winners were selected by a committee chaired by Cole Crittenden, deputy dean of the Graduate School, and comprising the academic affairs deans and staff from the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. The nominations were made by academic departments and programs.

On April 18, the Graduate School presented the awards at the Tribute to Teaching Reception, which was hosted by Sarah-Jane Leslie, dean of the Graduate School. Each winner receives $1,000.