President's Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students
Five awards of $1,000 each will be granted to outstanding graduates in May, during
commencement week, at an annual awards ceremony and reception for recipients and their
families. Recipients are expected to participate in a Graduate School colloquium scheduled
prior to the reception.
Students who have completed all degree requirements or anticipate the completion of
all degree requirements, including the successful defense of their dissertation,
in time to attend the May
doctoral hooding ceremony are eligible. Nominations must be made by the student's
Graduate Program Director (GPD).
The awards committee will consider the following when reviewing nominations:
1. The outstanding merit of the candidate's dissertation and its research base.
2. The candidate's exceptional contributions in ability or service to the university,
which must be of such a nature as to warrant special citation.
3. How, in completing doctoral study, the candidate overcame a personal or social
handicap of an unusual nature, warranting special recognition. For example, this could
a difficult family situation or financial hardship, a learning disability, or similar
adversity that the student overcame.
Nomination should include:
- A completed
Google Nomination Form.
- A letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director (GPD).
If there is a conflict, the Department Chair can provide this nomination letter in
lieu of the GPD.
- A letter of support from the student's advisor. Additional letters in support also may
- A one-page dissertation summary including dissertation title and actual/proposed defense
date. This should be geared toward a general audience.
- A brief, two- or three-sentence draft dissertation citation.
- The student's C.V.
The recipients and their citations will be listed in the commencement program.
The nomination deadline is Monday, February 26, 2018, at 5:00 pm.
2017: Francisco Delgado, English
Han Fang, Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Daphne Meza, Biomedical Engineering
Saul Siller, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Laurel Yohe, Ecology & Evolution
2016: Matthew Gilbert, English
Luisa Escobar-Hoyos, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
Jue Liu, Chemistry
Wolfger Peelaers, Physics
Mao Zeng, Physics
2015: Brian Feinstein, Clinical Psychology
Zachariah Foda, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Anna Plonka, Geosciences
Brandi So, English
Megan Tudor, Clinical Psychology
2014: Elena D'Amelio, Cultural Analysis & Theory
Mark Rice, History
Matt von Hippel, Physics & Astronomy
Ian Wallace, Anthropological Sciences
Anna Weinberg, Psychology
2013: Guang Cheng, Material Science
Ping Cao, Chemistry
Bryce Gadway, Physics
Christopher Koenigsmann, Chemistry
Qiang Zhu, Geosciences
2012: Trent Balius, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Debasis Banerjee, Chemistry
Adam Congleton, Experimental/Cognitive Psychology
Abhijit Gadde, Physics and Astronomy
Meng Li, Materials Science and Engineering
2011: Jacqueline Faherty, Physics and Astronomy
Sarah Gray, Ecology and Evolution
Christian Holzner, Physics and Astronomy
Ying Liu, Materials Science and Engineering
Liliana Naydan, English
Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, Psychology
2010: Leandro Almeida, Physics & Astronomy
Yevgen Borodin, Computer Science
Xiaojing Huang, Physics & Astronomy
Zhi Pan, Material Sciences
Ilmo Sung, Physics & Astronomy
2009: Douglas Boyer, Anatomical Sciences
Amanuel Beyin, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences
Shivani Ahuja, Physics & Astronomy
Jada Hamilton, Social and Health Psychology
Melissa Patterson, Chemistry
2008: Kieran Boyle, Physics and Astronomy
Yi Chen, Materials Science
Eliza Congdon, Biopsychology
Jeremy Holt, Physics and Astronomy
F. Marc Michel, Geosciences
2007: Bengt Allen, Ecology and Evolution
Harold Bien, Biomedical Engineering
Gabrielle Chiaramonte, Psychology
Brenda Elsey, History
Minhua Shao, Material Sciences
2006: Kaustabh Ghosh, Biomedical Engineering
Andisheh Abedini, Chemistry
Rama Calaga, Physics and Astronomy
Mitch Irwin, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences
Deborah Stoner-Ma, Chemistry