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Graduate Student Excellence Awards

graduate student day awardees 2019

Graduate students, faculty and professional staff award winners at Graduate Student Day, May 30, 2019.

The Graduate College is pleased to recognize outstanding mentorship, civic engagement, scholarship, service, research, and teaching assistance through it's Graduate Student Excellence Awards. These awards recognize Drexel's high performing graduate students from across the University and their commitment to the University's mission. The Graduate College appoints a diverse group of faculty and professional staff representing Drexel's Colleges and Schools to review nominations and select University-level awardees based on the evaluation criteria. See this year's review committee members listed below. Awards are usually distributed each year at a Graduate Student Day awards ceremony and reception. Graduating awardees are also listed in the official Commencement program and may also be recognized during their individual College or School Commencement ceremony.

2021-2022 Awards Cycle

Please visit the individual award subpage linked below or in the left-hand menu and review all awards criteria, including required materials, BEFORE submitting a nomination.

The 2021-2022 awards cycle is complete.

Awardees will be notified and posted to the website on or around May 13, 2022.

Questions? Contact gradawards@drexel.edu

Outstanding Mentorship Awards

In partnership with the Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs in the Pennoni Honors College, the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentorship Awards are presented to graduate and professional students (master's and/or doctoral level) who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, developing and supporting undergraduate and/or new or junior graduate students.


Drexel Common Good Award

In partnership with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, he Drexel Common Good Award is presented to graduate and professional students (master's and/or doctoral level) who demonstrates academic excellence and who are committed to improving the world around them by making contributions to local, national or global communities through scholarship, civic engagement, or community building.


Social Change Award for Equity

In partnership with the Center for Black Culture, the Social Change Award for Equity is presented to graduate and professional students (master's and/or doctoral level) who have made positive contributions that promote social justice, equity, cultural diversity, inclusion, and understanding and/or awareness and who have demonstrated excellence in DEI programming or initiatives.


Research Excellence Awards

Research Excellence Awards are presented to graduate and professional students (master's and doctoral level) who have completed original, innovative research, scholarship and/or creativity during their career at Drexel.


Outstanding Dissertation Awards

The Outstanding Dissertation Awards are presented to doctoral-level students who have written original, innovative dissertations that reflect great research and have or are likely to be disseminated widely and have significant impact on the field and society.


Teck-Kah Lim Award

Teck-Kah Lim, PhD, is the former Associate Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics. The Teck-Kah Lim Graduate Student Excellence Award is presented to graduate and professional students (master's and/or doctoral level) who show promise of future meaningful contributions to local, national or global communities as can be gleaned from present academic excellence and achievements in research and/or teaching, as well as outstanding selfless service to peers, and the local community.


Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards

Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards are presented to graduate and professional students (master's and/or doctoral level) who serve as Teaching Assistants or Teaching Fellows (TAs/TFs) and who exhibit exemplary commitment to student learning through reflective teaching practices, creative and innovative teaching methods, academic support, leadership and a commitment to their own professional growth and development as an educator.


Graduate Student Excellence Awards Committee 2021-2022

  • Chair: Anne Converse Willkomm, Assistant Dean, Graduate College & Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Anthony Angelow, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Rita Berson, Close School of Entrepreneurship
  • Vikas Bhandawat, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • Carrie Hutnick, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement (Drexel Common Good Award, Civic Engagement Category)
  • Sharde Johnson, Center for Black Culture
  • Emily Kashka-Ginsburg, Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs (Outstanding Mentorship Awards)
  • Hyunmin Lee, College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Jade Lo, LeBow College of Business
  • Jaya Mohan, Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs (Outstanding Mentorship Awards)
  • Mary Ellen Sarno, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Justine Sefcik, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Steven Weber, College of Engineering
  • Andrew Zitcer, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Administrative support from David Kim, Graduate College

Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards Subcommittee 2021-2022

  • Chair: Valerie Klein, School of Education
  • Kimberly David-Chung, Drexel University Online, Student Life/EMSS, Graduate College
  • Anita Gaurnier-Hausser, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Sherry Levin, College of Engineering
  • Oksana Odintsova, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kathleen Provinzano, School of Education
  • Mary Ellen Sarno, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Brian Stuart, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Deeptha Sukumar, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Administrative support from David Kim, Graduate College