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Sept. 7, 2018

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This year’s recipient of the Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching is Shohini Ghose, professor in the Department of Physics & Computer Science. 

Professor Ghose has earned a reputation as a passionate and inspiring teacher, whether she is teaching advanced quantum physics, introductory astronomy or general courses for the public. She has also developed and revitalized courses that make physics accessible to non-majors, and she has a talent for making abstract theoretical concepts – like quantum computing – accessible to non-experts.

In the classroom, Ghose constantly looks for ways to engage students and help them become independent learners. These efforts have included online interactive assignments, interactive database of physics resources prepared by students, creative assignments using the IBM cloud quantum computer. As the founding director for the Centre for Women in Science, Ghose brings  issues of diversity in science into focus. She addresses diversity issues in the classroom by creating an inclusive learning environment with assignments accessible to a broad spectrum of students.

Professor Ghose’s teaching extends well beyond the classroom. Since joining Laurier in 2005, she has supervised over 40 undergraduate students and 15 graduate students and post docs. Under her mentorship, many of these students have gone on to pursue graduate work.

Overall, Professor Ghose has made excellent contributions to teaching at Laurier, inspiring and engaging not only her own students, but the broader community as well.

Congratulations to Professor Ghose on this well deserved recognition!


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