Champion of Teaching and Learning Award

Logo for Chancellor's Student Leadership Gala

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the Rutgers New Brunswick Chancellor’s Student Leadership Awards Gala honored 40 undergraduate students for their incredible accomplishments and contributions to Rutgers and community at large. The following award categories recognized a student or student organization for their commitment, leadership, and pride for Rutgers:

  • Chancellor’s Leadership Award
  • Paul Roberson Renaissance Award
  • Champion of Teaching and Learning
  • Champion of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Research Excellence
  • Student Staff Excellence
  • Competitive Excellence
  • Bridge Builder Award
  • Spirit of Rutgers Award
  • Outstanding Service
  • Revolutionary Award

Among the honorees, Zachary Blanco, who graduated this year summa cum laude as an Electrical and Computer Engineering major with a minor in Computer Science, received the Champion of Teaching and Learning Award. This award recognizes students who have engaged within and outside of an academic setting and fostered learning opportunities for their peers. Zachary dedicated time and effort to his role as a Learning Assistant with the Learning Centers for 3 years in Analytical Physics 123/124 and Data Structures 112. He facilitated collaborative learning among students in study groups and recitations, as well as co-teaching a Data Structures recitation with another LA this past spring semester, a first time for the course. Zachary was an ARESTY Research Assistant and worked on distributed consensus in mobile ad-hoc networks. His other research involves sparse tensor factorization and distributed linear least-square solvers. Outside of academics and research, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, running, and playing guitar at open-mic events.

To learn more about the accomplishments of the 2018 award recipients, please visit the Chancellor’s Student Leadership Awards Gala website at

Image of Dr. Ben Siguentes and Zachary Blanco.

Dr. Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs (left), presents Zachary Blanco with the Champion of Teaching and Learning Award.