Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology and Neuroscience
Natasha Parikh is a fifth-year graduate student in psychology and neuroscience through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. Parikh has been a guest lecturer and demo leader at Duke Neuro Camp, where she led 30 high school students through a functional magnetic resonance imaging class. She has been an adjunct instructor in psychology at Elon University and a guest lecturer at Meredith College.
As a teaching assistant at Duke, Parikh has worked to exude warmth and make students comfortable in her classes. Her nominations note her organization and willingness to make changes to her course in order to ensure students are getting the most out of the class. She is a fervent advocate of inclusivity in the classroom and supports all students by applying equitable and diverse techniques in her teaching.
Parikh also emphasizes the importance of undergraduate research and has dedicated herself to mentorship by taking on six undergraduate mentees and volunteering as a Women and Math Mentor. Her research focuses on the intersection of emotion regulation and memory and how they are affected by individual differences and mental health.
“Collaboration in the classroom is so important. While each student should understand the concepts in their head, I think it is so much more meaningful if they get a chance to discuss those with others and really learn from each other.”
In Their Words
Excerpts from Parikh's Nomination
“From the moment she started working with us I have been utterly impressed by her discipline, her technical and mathematical skills, her capacity to learn and find innovative solutions to difficult problems, her natural inclination toward leadership, and her unquestionable promise to become a leading researcher and instructor in psychology and neuroscience.”
“Natasha was incredibly helpful and went above and beyond to make herself available to students to answer their questions and help out, not to mention all of the time she sacrificed outside of class to both help us run our experiments and to analyze the data we collected. She was a great instructor!”
“Natasha served as a TA for me ... and she performed superbly in that role. The students were extremely positive about Natasha, citing her diligence, her dedication, and her ability to explain complex topics to them in ways that they could understand.”