Dr. Martha Bhattacharya, recipient Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award

Sept. 14, 2021

Martha Bhattacharya, Ph.D. is the recipient of the 2021 College of Science Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award.  This award is given in recognition of outstanding classroom teaching, for less than 10 years, at the undergraduate or graduate levels. “Dr. Bhattacharya designed two new courses for the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NSCS) undergraduate program, entitled ‘How to Build a Brain’ (NSCS 440) and ‘Brain Communication VIP/CURE’ (NSCS 392). NSCS 440 is specifically designed to develop critical thinking skills. Right away, the course received teaching effectiveness ratings equal to the most experienced educators in our department and the College of Science. Students regard the course as “the one” that taught them to critically evaluate the scientific literature. NSCS 392 is the first vertically integrated project (VIP) course in the College Science and uses a transformative approach engaging undergraduate and graduate students in ambitious, long-term, large-scale, multidisciplinary project teams. I believe that Martha is an exceptional educator and exemplifies the absolute best of what an academician should be. Her passion educating scientifically literate graduates is unrivaled and most inspiring to her students. Without a doubt, Martha is a rising star in undergraduate science education. Obtaining the Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award is a well-deserved honor for Martha, who is an inspiration to students and faculty alike.” - Konrad Zinsmaier, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Department Head, Neuroscience