The Student Government Association (SGA) Distinguished Teaching Award is granted yearly to an outstanding faculty member of each college. Awardees are chosen following a rigorous selection process, which begins with nominations from the student body. Nominees are then observed in their classrooms in order to select a group of semi-finalists. Those semi-finalists are interviewed by the University Outreach Committee, which also reviews the faculty members' student evaluations. This year, Dr. Bernal was chosen as the recipient for the award in the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health.