Liu and Kyllonen Receive the Riedl TA Award

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May 30, 2019

CS&E graduate students Song Liu (Ph.D.) and Nikki Kyllonen (M.S.) have been awarded the John T. Riedl Memorial Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2019. The award recognizes graduate teaching assistants whose efforts have helped other students succeed in the classroom.

Nikki Kyllonen was nominated for her ceaseless work and talent in teaching. One student noted that Nikki has a “passion for teaching,” and that she often would work with her students long after office hours ended to make sure everyone grasped the material. Another student also mentioned that Nikki was “very knowledgeable” in the subject she taught.

One of Song Liu’s students said that he “embodies all the qualities that the award stands for.” His care for his students and his ability to always be prepared, consistent, and constructive is exceptional. Other students said that Song also put in a substantial amount of hard work for his students, giving them what they need to thrive and succeed with the material.  

Song Liu and Nikki Kyllonen were presented with the award at the graduate student pre-commencement event on May 3. Please join CS&E in extending our congratulations to Song and Nikki for their dedication in helping our student body in their academic and career pursuits.

Before his untimely passing away in 2013, Professor John Riedl, himself a devoted, exceptional teacher, asked that funds contributed by his friends and colleagues be used to establish this memorial award.

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