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CCI Students Recognized at 2016 Honors & Awards Ceremony

June 17, 2016

Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) hosted the 2016 Honors and Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on May 26 at the Behrakis Grand Hall to celebrate and recognize undergraduate and graduate students for their exceptional academic achievements during the 2015-16 academic year.

The scholarships and awards were divided into three categories: undergraduate awards, graduate awards, and doctoral awards. Thirteen undergraduate students, 20 graduate students – including four doctoral students – received accolades at the ceremony. Click here to view photos from the event

In his opening remarks, CCI Interim Dean Spiros Mancoridis, PhD recognized the College’s academic advising team, who were recently awarded Drexel’s inaugural Innovation in Academic Advising Award, in recognition of their exceptional service to students and the University. Academic advisors Alison Stoute, Haley Dervinis, Greta Kazenski, and Eric Kennedy were also honored at the Provost Awards Dinner on May 25.

Information Science Department Head and Professo Ellen Bass, PhD, and Computer Science Department Head and Professor Dario Salvucci, PhD presented the scholarships and awards.

The College recognizes that without the sustained, generous support of our donors, these scholarships and awards would not be possible; the College is deeply grateful for their ongoing commitment to academic excellence and student success at CCI.

The following students were recognized:

Undergraduate

A* Award
David Monteleone, BSCS
Presented annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in recognition for academic excellence with the potential to become a star in the field.

Maple Founders Award
Matthew Roll, BSCS
Donor: Maplesoft
Presented annually to an outstanding junior or senior student in the area of computational science and engineering, who also shows potential for teaching or advanced work in computational or computer science.

James B. Maginnis Award
Sarah Kushner, BSCS
Presented annually to an upper division student majoring in computer science, in recognition of academic excellence.

Distinguished Service Award
Daniel Ziegler, BSCS
Presented annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in recognition of exceptional service to the Department of Computer Science, College and University.

Outstanding TA Awards
Ian Shinbrot & Samantha Bewley (both BSCS)
Presented annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in recognition of exceptional performance as a course teaching assistant.

Outstanding Research Award
Travis Dutko, BSCS
Presented annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in recognition of exceptional research and scholarship.

Outstanding Leadership Award
Vu Bui, BSCS
Presented annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in recognition of exceptional leadership within the department, college, and university.

High-Performance Computing Award
Jeremy Bennett, BSCS
Presented annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in recognition of exceptional achievement in Computer Science coursework.

David & Joanne Witiak Endowed Scholarship
Nina Huenke, BSIT & Sheik Hassan, BSSE
Donors: David & Joanne Witiak.
Provides financial assistance to a CCI undergraduate student who will then receive the award every year that they maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

The Janet Chapman Muscarella Endowed Scholarship
Charles Maguire, BSIS
Awarded to CCI students based on financial need and academic merit.

The David ’68 and Fran Heffner Endowed Scholarship
Lisa Wen, BSIS
Donors: David & Frances Heffner.
Awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Information Systems who demonstrates good character, strong work ethic, leadership, and good academic standing.

Edmund Kofi Arthur Memorial Scholarship
Jaebong Lee, BSIS
Donor: Jude Kofi Arthur, father of the late Edmund Kofi Arthur, who was a BS in information technology student.
This scholarship provides financial support for tuition and/or living expenses in on-campus housing to freshman students in CCI with demonstrated financial need and academic merit

The Walter Straub ‘65 ‘70 HD ‘12 Dream it. Do it. Scholarship
Heidi Muth, BSSE
Donor: Walter Straub (‘65, ‘70, HD ‘12).
Awarded to an undergraduate student on the basis of academic merit and financial need

Graduate

Outstanding TA Award
Justin Horvitz, MSCS
Presented annually to an outstanding graduate student in recognition of exceptional performance as a course teaching assistant.
The Harriet D. MacPherson Fund
Nicole Joniec, MSLIS
Established in May 1968 to honor former dean Dr. MacPherson, this award provides financial assistance to CCI students.

The Grace Rich Snyder Memorial Scholarship
Christine Levitt & Mary Lawrence (both MSLIS)
Donor: Mary Snyder Hertzler.
Awarded to graduate students who are enrolled in the Library Science program.

The Marie Hamilton Law Endowed Scholarship
Timothy Dewysockie, Justin Huckaby & Jillian Penrod (all MSLIS)
Awarded to graduate students, based on academic merit, character and financial need.

The Evelyn W. Armstrong Endowed Scholarship
Natalie Hill, Willa Henshaw & April James (all MSLIS)
Donor: Evelyn Walker Armstrong.
Awarded to minority graduate students enrolled in the Library and Information Science program.

The Margaret C. Crowl Endowed Scholarship
Richard McIntyre, Amanda Mosley & Dawn Maharaj (all MSLIS)
Donor: Margaret C. Crowl Family Trust.
Awarded to graduate students in Library and Information Science.

The Carelift International Endowed Scholarship Fund
Yaman Noaiseh, MSSE
Provides financial assistance to a CCI graduate student with an interest in healthcare informatics.

The Doris Zimmerman Endowed Fellowship Fund
Shane Clark, MSIS
Donors: Carla Mariani & Thomas Mariani, in memory of Doris Zimmerman.
Awarded to a CCI graduate student based on academic merit and financial need.

The Doris Keller Hosler Endowed Fellowship
Stephanie Bowen, Amanda Kirby & Jamie Collett (all MSLIS)
Donor: Doris Keller Hosler.
Awarded to students enrolled in the Library and Information Science program, based on academic merit and financial need.

Phoebe W. Haas Endowed Fellowship
Norah Burns, MSLIS
Donor: Haas Charitable Trust.
Awarded to new, African-American or Hispanic graduate students in the Library Science program, based on academic merit and financial need.

The Ione A. Nelson Endowed Scholarship
Laura Giacobbe & Ann Marie Clapham (both MSLIS)
Awarded to students studying Library Science based on academic merit and financial need.

The Judith M. Feller ‘63 Endowed Scholarship
Holly Early, MSLIS
Donor: Judith M. Feller.
Provides financial assistance to graduate students in Library and Information Science based on academic merit and financial need, with preferences given to students interested in a career in academic librarianship.

Bettina H. Shears Scholarship
Samantha Grabus, MSLIS
Donor: Lawrence Shears, in memory of Bettina H. Shears.
Awarded to a CCI graduate student.

The Margaret Kateley Rondeau '38 Fellowship for Library and Information Sciences
Tracy Lewis, Laura Giacobbe, Ashley Edmiston & Katelynn Scott (all MSLIS)
Awarded women graduate students enrolled in the Library and Information Science program, based on academic merit and financial need.

The Harriet S. and Samuel K. Nash Endowed Scholarship Fund
Beth Staff & Gilbert Kenner (both MSLIS)
Donors: Harriet S. and Samuel K. Nash
Awarded to graduate students enrolled in the Library and Information Science program, based on financial need.

David W. and Angela M. Huggins Endowed Scholarship
Lindsay Milbourne & Wallinda Hutson (both MSLIS)
Awarded to African American graduate students at CCI, based on academic merit and financial need.

Doctoral

Phoebe W. Haas Endowed Fellowship for Women Doctoral Students
Nazanin Andalibi, doctoral student, Information Studies
Donor: Haas Charitable Trust.
Awarded to a women doctoral students based on academic merit and financial need.

Belver C. Griffith Memorial Endowed Fund
Timothy Gorichanaz, doctoral student, Information Studies
Awarded to a master’s or doctoral student who has professional interests including communication in science, evaluation of library and information systems and services, and quantitative studies of science.

Outstanding Research Award, Graduate
Lu Xiao, doctoral student, Computer Science
Presented annually to an outstanding graduate student in recognition of exceptional research and scholarship.

Jay Modi Memorial Award
Gabriel Schwartz, doctoral student, Computer Science
Presented annually to a Computer Science PhD student in recognition of academic excellence and the potential to become a leader in the field, in memory of Computer Science Professor Jay Modi.