The Graduate School at the University of Florida has recognized Juan Hincapie-Castillo, Pharm.D., a graduate student in the department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, as a recipient of a Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2015-16. He is one of only 21 UF graduate students presented with the award for excellence in teaching. A reception honoring the award winners was held April 22 at University Auditorium.
A university-wide faculty committee was responsible for selecting the recipients. The committee reviewed the graduate student’s contribution to course development, their instructional technique and involvement with students. Additionally, the students were evaluated during an in-class observation session.
Hincapie-Castillo is a 2013 graduate of the UF College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. He is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical sciences with a research interest in pharmacoepidemiology. Since fall 2013, he has served as a co-instructor, facilitator and teaching assistant for several pharmacy courses in the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.
“It is very humbling to have been selected for this honor knowing how many graduate students are teaching at UF and the amount of talent at this university,” Hincapie-Castillo said. “This honor gives me motivation to keep pursuing a career in academia, and I am proud to be the recipient.”
Hincapie-Castillo is the third College of Pharmacy graduate student to receive the Graduate Student Teaching Award in the last eight years.