UVM Graduate College Awards 2020-2021 Graduate Teaching Assistants of the Year

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 Graduate Teaching Assistants of the Year awards

Lecture Instruction category

Calum Buchanan, Mathematical Sciences Ph.D. program

Calum Buchanan is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UVM, pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics. Calum received his bachelor’s degree in 2017 at the same institution, with majors in Mathematics and English with a minor in French. As an undergraduate, Calum tutored and was a Teaching Assistant during the summers for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. It was there that he found a passion for teaching – in particular, for finding intuitive ways to teach mathematics. After graduation, Calum taught English language courses in two middle schools near Nantes, France.

In 2019, Calum returned to UVM to study combinatorial graph theory under the advising of Dr. Puck Rombach. Both as a researcher and as a teacher, Calum has the goal of making mathematics accessible to a wider audience. He hopes to simplify both problems and their explanations for his students and to help them develop the intuition needed to tackle new problems on their own. Working with undergraduates has been a welcome change, and he looks forward to continuing to hone his teaching skills at UVM.


Lab Instruction category

Wilson Captein, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

Wilson Captein is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychological Science’s Clinical Psychology program. Originally born and raised in Portland, OR, he had a brief sojourn in Ohio to complete his undergraduate degree before moving to Vermont to attend UVM in 2018.

Since starting at UVM, Wilson has focused on developing his clinical skills, providing therapy to clients under supervision as a predoctoral clinician at Vermont Psychological Services while also developing his research and teaching skills through collaborations both within and outside UVM. His research and clinical work both focus on the application of Minority Stress Theory to conceptualizing and treating mental health concerns among sexual minority individuals. As a GTA within the Department of Psychological Science, he strives to encourage a destigmatizing and humanizing approach to learning about how biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors combine to inform our conceptualizations of mental health diagnoses. He enjoys gardening and baking and is looking forward to cultivating an edible flower garden over the summer.