Vrushank Davé receives new award for excellence in graduate student teaching

Vrushank Davé, PhD, an assistant professor in the USF Health Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, recently received the first Graduate PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Association of Medical Science Graduate Students (AMSGS) presented the inaugural award to Dr. Davé at the organization’s annual awards banquet on May 2.  It recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies “excellence in teaching and compassion for graduate-level education in the classroom setting.”

Vrushank Davé, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology.

The honoree is elected by graduate students in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, including all masters students and PhD students across all the college’s concentrations.

Dr. Davé joined the Morsani College of Medicine four years ago. He teaches more lectures in the Foundations of Biomedical Sciences than any of the other 27 faculty members teaching the course, according to his award nomination description.  He also teaches a variety of classes or lectures within the PhD, masters and combined MS1/DPT programs.

He developed a successful Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine colloquium and helped transform the course on classical Human Embryology by adding developmental and signaling components.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Davé continues to mentor several undergraduate and graduate students in his laboratory.  This year he began mentoring underserved students before they are exposed to the MD curriculum, “thereby giving a head start to these struggling students,” the nomination form states.

AMSGS voted earlier this year to split the single faculty award for mentoring and teaching into two awards in acknowledgment of the college’s expanded graduate program. The association’s leadership retained the original award in memory of charter faculty member Robert J. Grasso for research mentorship and created a new second faculty award for teaching.

Robert Deschenes, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine, received this year’s Robert J. Grasso Award for Outstanding Graduate-Level Education in recognition of his exemplary contributions in fostering graduate education research.

Ruan Cox, a PhD student and graduate research assistant in the Department of Molecular Medicine, received the Dr. K Award for Outstanding Student Leadership & Service.