Jonathan Thompson, Wayne R. Bomstad Memorial Award Recipient

December 2016


The Wayne R. Bomstad II Memorial Award for discussion sections is awarded annually to Teaching Assistants who have displayed excellence in teaching in laboratory sections. The awards honor the memory of Wayne Bomstad, who was for some years an important member of the graduate student teaching team. The award is made possible by contributions from his family and friends.


The Bomstad award for teaching in the classroom goes to Jonathan Thompson. He has a fine record of teaching discussion sections, but over the past two semesters he has taken the job of lead instructor for some special sections of our pre-med Physics with Calculus sequence. This is a responsibility that we rarely place on graduate students, but he has risen admirably to the challenge. Over the summer he worked very effectively with another grad student to team-teach Physics 1 to rave reviews, and this semester has continued as sole instructor in Physics 2 for the same group of students. If he wants it, Jonathan clearly has a stellar career ahead of him as an educator. Congratulations Jonathan!


Pictured with Jonathan Thompson are the department chair, Kevin Ingersent, and Tom Shuminsky and Henrietta Shuminsky, Wayne Bomstad's mother.