Fort Hays State University's Department of Biological Sciences has awarded Amy Zavala the first-ever Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2005.
Zavala, originally from Wichita, attended Wichita State University as an undergraduate student before transferring to FHSU in 2004 to begin graduate studies in biology. While working on her thesis project and taking graduate courses, she has served as a graduate teaching assistant in undergraduate laboratory courses in general biology, human anatomy and genetics.
She was selected for the award because she was well prepared for classes, explained subject matter clearly, worked well with individual students and small groups of students and demonstrated independent initiative in teaching methods within the framework established by supervising faculty members.
Zavala received a $500 cash award plus a certificate, and her name is engraved on a plaque outside the office of the Department of Biological Sciences in Albertson Hall.