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2015 Paul M. Althouse Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recipient, Mackenzie Shipley

Mackenzie Shipley, BMMB graduate student

Mackenzie Shipley has been awarded the Paul M. Althouse Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.  Shipley is a Ph.D. biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology graduate student in the laboratory of Moriah Szpara, biochemistry and molecular biology faculty member, where they study herpes simplex viral infection via both wet-bench techniques and computational methods.   Shipley’s research involves studying herpes simplex viral infection in human neurons. She is interested in better understanding the neurobiology of infection as well as studying latency and reactivation of this virus.

The teaching award is given every year to a graduate student who has been recognized by the department for their outstanding teaching of an undergraduate laboratory course. Awardees are selected by the Graduate Affairs Committee based upon student evaluations and the evaluation of the supervising instructor for the course taught.  Shipley said, “I really enjoyed working as a T.A. for undergraduate students within the BMB department. I found the experience very rewarding because many of the students I taught were in the process of applying to graduate school; so in addition to helping them with their coursework, I found that I was also able to give helpful advice on the process of applying to graduate school and my graduate experiences thus far. My teaching experience will be very beneficial for mentoring undergraduate student projects within my lab when the time comes.”

Congratulations and thank you for inspiring future Penn State scientists and for your exceptional hard work!