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Release Date Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SD Mines Student Receives National Teaching Assistant Award

Kyle Hazelwood, is pursuing a Ph.D. in the SD Mines Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.

RAPID CITY, SD (Jan. 23, 2018) –South Dakota School of Mines & Technology doctoral candidate Kyle Hazelwood has been selected as the recipient of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2018. This annual award identifies undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants who demonstrate teaching excellence in earth science education.


Hazelwood, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in the SD Mines Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, was a graduate teaching assistant for the five week Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station geology camp during the summers of 2014, 2015 and 2017.

“Kyle proved to be an invaluable member of the instructional staff and exceeded the expectations of not only myself, but those of the other instructors as well,” says Christopher Pellowski, Ph.D., coordinator and instructor at the Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station and the Department of Geology & Geological Engineering at Mines. Pellowski nominated Kyle for his impressive teaching abilities and positive outlook. “He was comfortable working in the field for each of the weekly projects and always maintained a positive outlook considering the challenging terrain and unique daily weather conditions that we experience throughout the Black Hills region.” Pellowski also stated that Kyle, “worked very well with the students one-on-one and was able to offer explanations or ask guiding questions that allowed the students to feel confident in developing their own interpretations.” Pellowski added that, “Kyle’s ability to positively interact with the students in the field along with his pleasant personality make him a consummate professional, and he truly stands out from the other teaching assistants that I have worked with.” 

NAGT strives to foster improvement in the teaching of the earth sciences by K-12 teachers, university faculty and educators at museums and science centers, to emphasize the cultural significance of the earth sciences.

NAGT congratulates Kyle Hazelwood and thanks SD Mines for providing an environment in which teaching assistants can flourish, follow their interests and develop expertise in the vital teaching of earth sciences.



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