Grad Student Zahirah Suhaimi Wins Teaching Award, Leads String of Department Successes

May 08, 2017

Zahirah Suhaimi, recipient of the Milam-McGinty-Kaun Award for Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to Zahirah Suhaimi, a third-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, who has been awarded the Milam-McGinty-Kaun Award for Teaching Excellence.  The award recognizes outstanding teaching by graduate students.  Suhaimi was the TA for ANTH147 in fall quarter of 2016, when she worked with various instructors to complete the teaching duties for the course. Winter quarter, she worked with Professor Lisa Rofel as TA for ANTH145X, a special topics course focusing on analyzing anthropological texts regarding activism and its histories.

This divisional honor is bestowed once per year on two graduate students, one from the Economics Department and one from elsewhere in the division, and comes with a $1,000 award. Read more about the award here.

The announcement of Suhaimi's accolade comes on the heels of other remarkable success in spring awards for the department, as anthropology was represented by three recipients of the undergraduate Deans' and Chancellors' Award.

Other graduate students also contributed to the good news with the following honors:
  • Danielle Dadiego, UC MEXUS Student and Postdoctoral Research Small Grant Award
  • Rebecca Feinberg: Dissertation Fellowship (Division of Social Sciences)
  • Danielle Huerta: UC Mexus Small Grant
  • Hatib Kadir: Dissertation Fellowship (Division of Social Sciences)
  • Kirsten Keller: Fellowship to the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute, SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
  • Kali Rubaii: Selected as Graduate Student Juror, Society for Cultural Anthropology Cultural Horizons Prize Committee 
  • Brian Walter: UC Mexus Fellowship