Outstanding Graduate Coordinator
BARBARA McKNIGHT is the staff member who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student office, handling graduate student records, teaching assistant assignments, registration, fellowship awards, graduate student recruitment and recruiting activities, orientation of new students, and informational materials for and communications with prospective and current students. Barbara's nominators state that all of these duties are performed with the highest level of integrity, compassion, and efficiency.
Barbara is known by students and faculty alike for her willingness to assist in capacities well beyond her official duties as Graduate Coordinator. She serves as confidant, counselor, and friend for many of the graduate students and pays special attention to international students who often arrive confused and homesick. She knows the names and faces of all 225 of the students in her department! As one student wrote, "Barbara works with students not only to enhance their academic careers, but also to make their total student experience at UT a positive one."
She received the Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award for 2001.