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2017 Award Winners

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Outstanding Civic Engagement

These awards are presented to graduate students with exemplary records of participation and leadership in civic engagement and community service.

Drexel University Graduate College Award Winner

Leona Donaldson, PhD, Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies, School of Education

Drexel University Graduate College Honorable Mention Award Winner

Jeanette Bowles, DrPH, Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health

College-Level Award Winners

Danielle Marie Greenwell, PhD, Communication Culture and Media, College of Arts and Sciences
Elizabeth Wyatt Gale-Bentz, PhD, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Reva Street, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
James Douglas Goetz, PhD, Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Leona Donaldson, PhD, Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies, School of Education
Jeanette Bowles, DrPH, Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health

Outstanding Dissertation

These awards are presented to doctoral students who have written original, innovative dissertations that reflect great research and have or are likely to be disseminated widely, having significant impact on the field and society.

Drexel University Graduate College Award Winner

Kerry Hamilton, PhD, Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Drexel University Graduate College Honorable Mention Award Winner

Delina Emilova Agnosteva, PhD, Economics, LeBow College of Business
Ananda Nandakumar Rao
, PhD, Neuroscience, College of Medicine 

College-Level Award Winners

Leah Ashley Brogan, PhD, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Kelly Ann Douglass, PhD, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Valerie Tutwiler, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Delina Emilova AgnostevaPhD, Economics, LeBow College of Business
Mollie Anne Gambone, PhD, Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies, School of Education 
Kerry Hamilton, Post-Doc, Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Ananda Nandakumar Rao, PhD, Neuroscience, College of Medicine 
Evelyn Arana, DrPH, Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health

Outstanding Promise

These awards are presented to graduate students who are deemed to exhibit great promise for regional, national or societal impact, and accordingly, for enhancing Drexel's reputation, now and in the future. 

Drexel University Graduate College Award Winner

Nazanin Andalibi, PhD, Information Studies, College of Computing and Informatics
Nathan Tessera Ersumo, MS, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Drexel University Graduate College Honorable Mention Award Winner

Stephanie ManassePhD, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

College-Level Award Winners

Stephanie ManassePhD, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Emily Hannah Haney-Caron, JD/PhD, Psychology, Kline School of Law and College of Arts and Sciences
Aimee Hildenbrand, PhD, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Nathan Tessera Ersumo, MS, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Daryl Omire-Mayor, PhD, Biomedical Science, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Nazanin Andalibi, PhD, Information Studies, College of Computing and Informatics
Katherine Louise Van Aken, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Jason Kirk, PhD, Digital Media, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
Brielle Ryan Ferguson, PhD, Neuroscience, College of Medicine 
Kendra Ray, PhD, Creative Arts in Therapy, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Stephanie Lynn Mayne, PhD, Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health

Research Excellence

These awards recognize graduate students who have exhibited outstanding research, scholarship and creativity during their career at Drexel.

Drexel University Graduate College Award Winner

Amanda NeMoyer, JD/PhD, Psychology, Kline School of Law and College of Arts and Sciences

Drexel University Graduate College Award Winner (Master's)

Ankita Patil, MS, Neuroscience, College of Medicine

College-Level Award Winners

Amanda NeMoyer, JD/PhD, Psychology, Kline School of Law and College of Arts and Sciences
Amanda Lohss, PhD, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
Yaou Zhou, PhD, Business Administration, LeBow College of Business
Chang Ren, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering 
Chelsea Myers, PhD, Digital Media, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
Zachary Brodnik, PhD, Neuroscience, College of Medicine
Ankita Patil, MS, Neuroscience, College of Medicine

Teaching Assistant Excellence

These awards are given to outstanding Drexel teaching assistants who exhibit exemplary commitment to student learning, reflective teaching practices, leadership, and a commitment to professional growth as a teacher.

Drexel University Graduate College Award Winner

Mohammad Nozari, PhD, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Drexel University Graduate College Honorable Mention Award Winner

Charles Davis Burnette, Jr., PhD, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
Thomas Griffin, PhD, Business Administration, LeBow College of Business

Drexel University Graduate College Continuing Excellence Award Winner

Christopher Brown, PhD, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Marko Jacovic, PhD, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering

College-Level Award Winners

Meghan Barret, PhD, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Christopher Brown, PhD, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Charles Davis Burnette, Jr.
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PhD, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
Mohammad Nozari
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PhD, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Thomas Griffin, PhD, Business Administration, LeBow College of Business
Zhen Yang, PhD, Business Administration, LeBow College of Business
David Alfego, PhD, Biomedical Science, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Michael Dickard, PhD, Information Studies, College of Computing and Informatics
Marko Jacovic, PhD, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
Emmanuel Oyekanlu, PhD, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
Xaime Rivas Rey, PhD, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
Andrew Matamoros, PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics, College of Medicine
Leah Tsui, PhD, Human Nutrition, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Daniel Vader, PhD, Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health

GSA Awards

Most Collaborative Organization

International Graduate Student Association (IGSA)

Most Community-Oriented Organization

Drexel Black Graduate Student Union (DBGSU)

Most Academically Active Organization

Drexel Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (DGWISE)

Most Culturally-Oriented and Inclusive Organization 

PRAGATHI Indian Graduate Student Association

Outstanding Faculty and Staff 

Manual Alba, University Facilities
Jay Bhatt, University Libraries
Ashley Flenard, Chestnut Street Catering
Dr. Christopher Laincz, LeBow College of Business
Keiko Nakazawa, College of Engineering
Dr. Arun Ramakrishnan, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Bonnie Shea, Graduate College
Dr. Christopher Weyant, College of Engineering
Kairi Williams, Office of Research
Dr. Meredith Wooten, Center for Scholar Development
Video Collaboration and Production (VCAP) Team

Inaugural Graduate College Dean James Herbert
Award for Outstanding Leadership

Valerie Tutwiler, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems