Teaching and learning

Many graduate students work at the university as lecturers or graduate teaching assistants. And, most get time to prepare and have a certain mentality or “game face” when heading into their classrooms. For Mariah Covington, teaching and learning sometimes blur together.

“I teach a morning class and go straight from there to my classes where I am a student, so it is always like a splash of cold water,” says Covington, a graduate student in technical communication. “Splitting time between teaching and being taught is sometimes a challenge, and a 10-minute break is not really enough some days.”

She doesn’t mind the contrast between the two, though. She spends her office hours talking to students or meeting with faculty about departmental information rather than studying.

“It seems like a cliché, but seeing the students I teach change and improve is such a big motivator to put up with any difficulties and keep doing what I do,” says Covington. “Though it is strange to be called ‘Ms. Covington’ by students who are only a year or two younger than I am!”

Covington is not writing a traditional research thesis for her master’s, but she continues hands-on learning as a research assistant on campus. She helps Katie Grantham, AE’01, MS AE’03, PhD ME’05, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, to document information and help migrate data as the campus changes learning management systems.

Covington hopes her degree and current documentation work will prepare her for future employment in whatever country or situation she ends up in.

“My husband is a part of the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., but he could be relocated at any time, so my hope is this degree will give me a lot of flexibility wherever we end up. But we will hopefully stay in the Rolla area for a few more years,” Covington says. “My undergraduate degree is in biochemistry, but by earning a writing-intensive degree, I hope to find a career in science documentation or writing.”

Around the Puck

Google electromagnetic interference

A decade from now, your smartphone won’t look anything like it does today — at least on the inside.

[Read More...]

Lecture series brings chemistry grads full circle

James O. Stoffer wanted to give Missouri S&T students a chance to learn from eminent scholars and innovators in polymer chemistry and related areas. So last fall the Curators’ Distinguished Professor emeritus of chemistry established a lecture series to showcase his former students and inspire current ones.

[Read More...]

Fueling space flight

It started with a boyhood dream of becoming an astronaut fueled from watching the 1995 Hollywood portrayal of the ill‑fated Apollo 13 lunar mission.

[Read More...]

Record gift for EWB

From clean drinking water to flood control, Missouri S&T students participating in Engineers Without Borders (EWB) are changing lives in Central and South America.

[Read More...]

Million-dollar gift supports scholarships

Steve Wunning, ME’73, has established a $1 million scholarship endowment at Missouri S&T: the Steven H. and Lyneve C. Wunning Scholarship Fund.

[Read More...]