Published: May 14, 2020 By
Rahil Gandotra, a PhD in TCP student

Rahil Gandotra, a TCP PhD student, was recently awarded the prestigious Marinus Smith Award.

Each year, a group of campus-wide faculty and staff members are selected for the award because of their positive impact on students. In order to be nominated and awarded the Marinus Smith award, nominees must advance the quality of both education and student experiences at CU Boulder, and model integrity and ethical conduct. Nominees must also demonstrate a high degree of respect for all students and contributions, and their actions as a teacher should benefit the CU Boulder community by demonstrating excellence and fostering an environment of inclusion, collaboration and personal responsibility.

Award winners are nominated by students. Based on his work as a teaching assistant, Gandotra was described by one of his students as "a great example of going above and beyond to help students succeed.” The student gave an example of Gandotra’s above and beyond work, saying that “he has helped some of my peers prepare for interviews which has nothing to do with his TA responsibilities.”

When asked about winning the award, Gandotra said “I want to thank the nominators and my PhD advisor Levi Perigo. It feels good to be recognized by my peers.”

CU Boulder and TCP are grateful that such an incredible student and teaching assistant is part of the university community. According to the award committee, “he genuinely wants people to excel in our industry."