Graduate School Annual Awards Ceremony

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Each spring semester the Graduate School hosts an Annual Awards Ceremony to showcase the important contributions and achievements made during the academic year by our graduate students and faculty in support of graduate education and the teaching, research, and service missions of our institution.

Graduate Student Awards

Graduate students may be nominated by current faculty members or administrators. 

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant

This award recognizes one graduate student distinguished in scholarly or research pursuits in a graduate program at UM. The award winner would have made a distinctive and discernible contribution to the field of study to which the student belongs during the academic year. 

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

This award recognizes one graduate student for enhancing undergraduate education at UM. The award winner would have demonstrated superior effectiveness or innovation in teaching undergraduates while serving as an instructor or teaching assistant in a classroom, laboratory, studio or other setting, as well as demonstrated interest in professional development as a teacher. 

Graduate Student Exemplar

This award recognizes a graduating student who excelled academically and has either overcome tremendous odds to be successful, or has consistently made contributions that benefits others. This student’s service, leadership or other distinctive efforts may have been to the campus, local, national or international community.

 

Faculty Awards

Faculty may be nominated by faculty members, administrators, or graduate students.  

Outstanding Graduate Program Director

This award recognizes one GPD who has made a significant impact on graduate education, and/or in support of graduate students in his/her program during the academic year. The outstanding GPD may have made innovations and/or contributions to enhance curriculum, programming, recruitment, retention or placement. 

Faculty Mentor of the Year

This award recognizes one faculty member who has shown tremendous commitment to mentoring, advising and supporting graduate student advisees during the academic year. A faculty member who has made distinctive efforts in mentoring and advising graduate students to 1) become professionals in their field, 2) shape the graduate work of a graduate student, or 3) provide exceptional personal support and development to a graduate student. 

 

2018 Graduate School Annual Awards Ceremony Winners

All nominees were invited to attend the ceremony on Thursday, April 12, in the Tower Room of the Alumni Center where award winners were announced. Click here to view the event program and list of nominees. 

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant: Eric Bray, M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience


Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Haley Mathis, Ph.D. in Philosophy


Graduate Student Exemplar: Morteza Khatibmasjedi, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering


Outstanding Graduate Program Director: William Scott, Human Genetics and Genomics


Faculty Mentor of the Year: Coreen Duffy, Vocal Performance