For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Student Honors & Awards

Student Honors & Awards -- Drexel University College of Arts & SciencesStudents in the College of Arts and Sciences innovate in research, produce thoughtful work and display uncommon creativity. We are pleased to honor the following students, who have been recognized for these accomplishments by their peers, faculty and national fellowships committees. Congratulations to our student honorees — you make all of Drexel University proud!


The following graduates were winners or alternates for prestigious national awards. Congrats, grads!

Fulbright Student Awards

Supports one academic year of graduate study, research or teaching abroad for recent bachelor’s graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals.

  • Nicole Bedoya, BA International Area Studies, to Brazil
  • Isabelle Betancourt, MS Communication, to Indonesia
  • Marissa Olson, BA Global Studies, to Spain


  • Reva Swiedler, BA International Area Studies, to Mexico


  • Nicole Kalitsi, BA Global Studies, to South Korea
  • Tara Densmore, BA International Area Studies, to Taiwan

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Supports one academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme for selected Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research grantees.

  • Isabelle Betancourt, MS Communication, to Indonesia

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Supports three years of research-based graduate study for promising students in NSF-supported STEM and social science disciplines.

Honorable Mentions

  • Johannes Wagner, BS Physics
  • Philip Weigel, BS Physics

Graduate Student Excellence Awards

The Graduate College recognizes outstanding mentorship, civic engagement, scholarship, research, and teaching through its Graduate Student Excellence Awards. These awards recognize Drexel's high performing graduate students and their commitment to the University's mission.

Outstanding Mentorship Awards

Graduate College Award Winners

  • Abdullah Bilal Altundas, PhD Chemistry

College / School Finalists

  • Bridget Milorey, PhD Chemistry
  • Rebecca Williams, PhD Clinical Psychology

Research Excellence Award

College / School Finalists - Post-Candidacy

  • Stephen Sclafani, PhD Physics
  • Shuting Zhang, PhD Physics

Outstanding Dissertation Award

College / School Finalists

  • Nicholas Grodsky, PhD Communication, Culture and Media

Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards

Graduate College Award Winners

  • Evan Arena, PhD Physics
    For Classroom Instruction
  • Dominick Macaluso, PhD Mathematics
    For Classroom Instruction

Continuing Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award

  • Katherine Fiocca, PhD Biology

Highly Commended - College / School Finalists

  • Matthew Mieles, PhD Chemistry
    For Classroom Instruction

CoAS Student Advisory Board — Graduating Members

The College of Arts and Sciences gratefully recognizes the many outstanding contributions made by each member of our Student Advisory Board (SAB). Representing all majors across the College, SAB members are undergraduate students who serve as liaisons between the student body and College administration. They share their Drexel experiences with prospective students, assist with marketing and communication efforts, advocate for student interests and provide invaluable feedback on College initiatives.

  • Emily Carey, Geoscience
  • Madeline DelVescovo, Sociology
  • Tais Idi-Infante, Global Studies
  • Jasper MacNaughton, Mathematics
  • Niayla-dia Murray, Philosophy and Political Sciences
  • Maya Showell, Psychology
  • Prairie Yang, Chemistry

Honors Day Awards

Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences comprises over 2,000 undergraduates in 16 majors and over 300 graduate students in 21 programs. Many of the students recognized below have been nominated by faculty members based on contributions in the classroom, the lab and the community; others have written essays or theses that were selected by department committees; and all have maintained impressive records that set the students apart from their peers. We extend our thanks to the faculty who nominated students for our Honors Day Awards and are here to support them; and to the donors who have made many of these awards possible.

The following students across all levels of scholarship have been recognized by their departments for outstanding leadership, scholarship and academic excellence.


Benjamin J. Rothberg Memorial Award
Presented to a freshman majoring in humanities or the social sciences in memory of Benjamin J. Rothberg for his dedicated service in the Department of Humanities and Communications. The award is based on academic achievement and personal character.

  • Julia Langmuir

Gary and Marla Colton Scholarship
Presented to a College of Arts and Sciences student who demonstrates academic excellence and participates in Drexel’s wrestling program.

  • Chandler Olson

Jamie B. Fields ’88 Memorial Scholarship
Presented to a pre-law junior or senior student enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who maintains a GPA of 3.2 or above.

  • Diana Nguyen
  • Ryan Kelleher

General Electric College Bowl Award
Presented to students majoring in humanities and social science disciplines in recognition of academic excellence.

  • Nicole Clifford
  • Karen Li
  • Olivia Menture
  • Maryann Mingrino
  • Kate Stone
  • Marta Lawler
  • Emily Greberman

Dr. Richard and Professor Dorothy Sasin Endowed Scholarship Fund
Presented to a freshman or sophomore student of mathematics and chemistry for academic excellence.

  • Clair Redding
  • Chelsea Gravereaux

Senior First Honors
Graduating seniors who have achieved the highest GPAs in their majors

  • Claudia Belen Espinoza-Zuniga, Anthropology
  • Visha B. Parmar, Biological Sciences
  • Morgan Hesser, Chemistry
  • Rachel B. Palitto, Criminology & Justice Studies
  • Cynthia M. Fox, Communication
  • Heather Natalie Heim, English
  • Sarah JoLynn Wirth, Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Sophia F. Courtney, Environmental Science
  • Emily Norris Carey, Geoscience
  • Tara N. Densmore, Global Studies
  • Isabella M. Sangaline, History
  • Yuli Chen, Mathematics
  • Catarina Kissinger, Philosophy
  • Johannes Michael Wagner, Physics
  • Morgan A Sarao, Political Science
  • Clara Mae Rawlings, Psychology
  • Marta Lynn Lawler, Sociology


Aventis Scholarship
Presented to outstanding juniors in environmental science, environmental studies and sustainability or geoscience.

  • Maz Mazuchowski
  • Julianna Smith

Espenschade Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement Award
Awarded to a senior who has taken significant initiative in the development of their academic career.

  • Alexis Wiley

Ruth Patrick Award for Excellence
Presented to seniors in environmental science and geoscience who have the highest GPA and have demonstrated outstanding skills in both the classroom and the field.

  • Emily Carey
  • Sofi Courtney
    Environmental Science

Cheryl Gross Award
Presented to an outstanding senior with the highest GPA in environmental studies and sustainability.

  • Sarah Wirth


Alan H. Hoberman Endowed Scholarship
Presented to a graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Biology who has demonstrated academic merit in the field of biology.

  • Pooja Patel
  • Camille Martorella

Mary K. Howett Memorial Scholarship in Biology
Presented to support outstanding senior biology majors and to encourage women to pursue graduate school in the life or medical sciences.

  • Shivani Patel


American Chemical Society, Philadelphia Section Baccalaureate Award
Presented annually to a chemistry major maintaining a strong GPA.

  • Julianna Hunt

CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award

  • Viktoriia Sokolova

ChemSpec USA Scholarship

  • Nicole Rendine

Dr. Robert O. Hutchins Chemistry Prize
This prize is funded by an endowment from alumni Dr. Robert E. Zipkin and Dr. Ira M. Taffer in honor of Professor Robert O. Hutchins, who was a member of the chemistry department from 1968 to 2008. Presented to a student majoring in chemistry and actively involved in a research project at Drexel University.

  • Morgan Hesser

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
Presented to a chemistry major who has demonstrated excellence in analytical chemistry.

  • Tori Jacob

Alexander V. Kornilew Memorial Award
Presented in memory of Dr. Alexander V. Kornilew, a noted Ukrainian geologist, to an upperclassman in the Department of Chemistry who has conducted unusual fundamental research at Drexel.

  • Prairie Yang

Bruce and Cynthia Maryanoff Chemistry Prize
Presented to an outstanding undergraduate chemistry major in recognition of academic achievement.

  • Kimberly Ventura-Martinez
  • Osmar Torres

Royal Society of Chemistry Certificate of Excellence

  • Chi Nguyen

Sasimovich Research Prize
Presented to an undergraduate chemistry major in recognition of achievement in research.

  • Johnathan Torikashivili

Norman A. Wiggins ’74 Memorial Research Award in Chemistry
Presented to a junior or senior chemistry major actively involved in a research project that will be presented at regional or national conferences.

  • Morgan Hesser


The Cannone Family Scholarship in Communications
Presented to a junior or senior communication major with a concentration in public relations who has demonstrated excellence in writing.

  • Elizabeth Phan


Honorable William F. Hall, Jr. Award
Presented in memory of the Honorable William F. Hall, Jr. to a criminology and justice studies major who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and service to the community.

  • Miranda Russo


English Department Award
Presented to an advanced English major who has demonstrated excellence and promise in the study of literature and writing.

  • Kate Stone
  • Aaliyah Sesay

Literature Essay Prize

  • Kent Weatherbee

Ralph C. Most Memorial Scholarship Fund
Presented to Freshman students that demonstrate academic excellence and interest in the study of English, as demonstrated by written expression and performance in the classroom.

  • Ciara Richards
  • Zaria Thomas
  • Lauren Walinski

Drexel Philosophy Award
Presented to the senior philosophy majors who best exemplify the philosophical ideal of “the examined life,” joining intellectual accomplishment with service to others and to the program.

  • Niayla-dia Helene Murray


A. William Salomone Endowed Scholarship for International Area Studies
Presented to students majoring in international area who demonstrate academic excellence and have made an outstanding contribution to the department.

  • Marissa Olson
  • Sarah DiPasquale

A. William Salomone Award
Presented to an undergraduate student majoring in Global Studies who had demonstrated academic merit.

  • Reva Swiedler


A. William Salomone Award in History Endowed Fund
Presented to students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in the study of history.

  • Isabella Sangaline

Raymond M. Lorantas Scholarship in World History
Presented in honor of emeritus faculty member Dr. Raymond M. Lorantas to outstanding undergraduates based on academic performance, an interest in world history and submitted papers.

  • Ginny Truong
  • Brandon Evans


Josephine and Julius Cohen Award in Judaic Studies
Presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Judaic studies program. This award is named for Dr. D. Walter Cohen's grandparents, immigrants to the United States who demonstrated great love and respect for learning.

  • Micah Symons


Robert J. Bickel Scholarship
Presented in honor of Dr. Robert J. Bickel, who was a member of the mathematics department from 1946 to 1987.

  • John Bonnes
  • Holden Eriksson
  • Brian Proferes
  • Adam Smith
  • Andrea Umali
  • Anna Wilson

Frank H. M. Williams Prize in Mathematics
Presented annually in recognition of academic achievement in mathematics.

  • Isaiah Siegl

Dr. Robert C. Busby Mathematics Award

Funded in honor of Drexel alumnus and Professor Robert C. Busby, who was a member of the mathematics department at Drexel from 1966 to 1968 and from 1970 to 2003. Presented to an outstanding undergraduate mathematics major who volunteers their time as a mentor or tutor.

  • Kshitij Kayastha


Henry S.C. Chen Memorial Award for Physics
Presented to undergraduate students doing exceptional work in physics.

  • Emily Harkness

Walter R. Coley Award
Presented to outstanding physics majors who have achieved academic excellence

  • Erixen Cruz
  • Dmitri LaBelle
  • Andrew Phillips

Susan and Donald Larson Scholarship
Presented to outstanding students in physics with an interest in experimental science.

  • Christina Ludwig
  • Tara Feenan

The Lorenzo M. Narducci Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • James Minock

M. Russell Wehr Physics Award
Presented to senior physics majors who show promise for teaching or advanced work in the history of science.

  • Zev Imani
  • Christian Nave
  • Johannes Wager
  • Philip Weigel


Department of Politics Writing Prize
Presented to students who submitted papers of the highest quality in political science courses.

  • Sarah Lily Resanovich
    For her paper titled “Urban Citizenship’s Effect on the Daily Lives of Residents and Suggested Charter Changes That Can Create a More Equitable Future for Philadelphia.

Department of Politics Research Prize
Presented to the Department of Politics student for the most outstanding research work in the previous year.

  • Andrew Rosenthal

Department of Politics Community Engagement Prize
Presented to the Department of Politics student who performs the most outstanding work in service, activism, community-building, or similar activity.

  • Zack Levy-Dyer

Department of Politics Outstanding Graduate Award

Presented to the most exceptional graduating senior in the Department of Politics

  • Jordan Ramdial


Jeanne D. Brugger Award for Outstanding Junior Psychology Major
Presented annually in recognition of excellence in the study of psychology.

  • Alessandra Ortiz

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Presented to a psychology senior who has demonstrated excellence in research and academics.

  • Vida Manalang

Psychology Senior Research Award

  • Bushra Sultan
    For her thesis “Depressed Mothers and Impact on Child Outcomes

Promising Leadership Award
Presented to psychology majors for their significant contributions to enhancing the visibility of psychology across campus.

  • Saniya Soni

Dr. Paul and Monica Gondek Award

Presented to a student demonstrating outstanding work in the area of psychology and neuroscience.

  • Emily Bloom


Arthur B. Shostak Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sociology
Presented to a senior sociology major who has demonstrated outstanding creativity in sociology course work.

  • Madeline DelVescovo


Martha Montgomery Award for Excellence in Women's Studies
Presented to the student who has written the best essay in a women's studies course.

  • Julianna Rudnick
    For her paper “The Feminist Future and the Demand for Female Leadership”