University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 187/2021, 17.12.2021
Prize for good teaching goes to Moritz Zehnder
Minister of Science Bernd Sibler awards Moritz Zehnder state prize for good teaching. Zehnder works as a research assistant at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Bayreuth.
With the "Prize for Good Teaching", the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts annually recognises the work of outstanding Bavarian university teachers. In addition, the prize is intended to show that teaching is truly on an equal footing with research. For 2020, Moritz Zehnder, research assistant at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Bayreuth, has been awarded the prize.
Prof. Dr. Martin Huber, Vice President of Teaching & Learning congratulates him: "I am pleased for you about this prestigious recognition for your outstanding teaching." Students of mathematics at the University of Bayreuth regularly attest to the outstanding teaching they receive. Just recently, the subject of mathematics again performed above average in the CHE master's ranking in a national comparison. "All this speaks in favour of studying mathematics at the University of Bayreuth," says Huber.
Zehnder, who has been a research assistant at the Department of Mathematics since 2015, studied in Bayreuth himself. First he gained a Bachelor of Science in the subject combination of mathematics and chemistry, and then his Master of Education in the same. He also passed the first state examination for the teaching profession at grammar schools.
In 2020, Zehnder already won the Bayreuth University Award for digitally supported teaching and the Golden Chalk Award of the Mathematics/Physics/Computer Science Student Council at the University of Bayreuth.
Minister of Science Bernd Sibler stresses: "Our university teachers at Bavarian universities who have been awarded the prize for good teaching are much more than mere imparters of knowledge. They are role models, companions, and mentors. Their innovative and forward-looking work is key to student academic success. They ensure high-quality teaching at our universities and thus contribute significantly to the attractiveness and great popularity of Bavaria as a centre of tertiary education."
The award winners are nominated by their home university and receive prize money of € 5,000 each. In fact, the student vote was decisive for the universities in their nominations. The lecturers are distinguished by their outstanding commitment to teaching and to the interests of their students. They work with innovative teaching concepts that particularly support students in their learning and contribute to the understandable and inspirational communication of complex teaching content.