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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 service, research, potential impact, and teaching through it's Graduate Student Excellence Awards.

These awards recognize Drexel's high performing graduate students and their commitment to the University's mission. Students will be recognized at Graduate Student Day. Graduating students will also be listed in the official Commencement booklet and may also be recognized during their College/School Commencement ceremony.

Outstanding Mentorship Awards

In partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Outstanding Mentorship Awards are presented to graduate students for exemplary mentoring of undergraduate and/or new or junior graduate students, which has had a demonstrated impact on the academic and/or professional development of a mentee or mentees.


Drexel Common Good Award

The Drexel Common Good Award is presented to a graduate student who demonstrates academic excellence and who is committed to improving the world around them by making contributions to local, national or global communities through either scholarship or civic engagement.


Research Excellence Awards

Research Excellence Awards are presented to graduate students 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 PhD/doctoral 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

Dr. Teck-Kah Lim is the former Associate Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics. The Teck-Kah Lim Award honors a graduate student who has made a significant impact on the local and global community through a combination of mentorship, civic engagement, service and research/scholarly contributions.


Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards

Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards are presented to graduate students who serve as Teaching Assistants (TAs) and who exhibit exemplary commitment to student learning through reflective teaching practices, innovative teaching methods, academic support, leadership and a commitment to their professional growth and development as an educator.


Graduate Student Excellence Awards Committee 2019-2020

  • Chair: Anne Converse Willkomm, Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Vikas Bhandawat, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • Stephanie Brooks, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Aroutis Foster, School of Education
  • Jennifer Johnson Kebea, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
  • Christopher Laincz, LeBow College of Business
  • Michelle McDermott, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Jaya Mohan, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Patrick Osei-Owusu, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Brian Smith, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Steven Weber, College of Engineering
  • Andrew Zitcer, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Administrative support from Sandra Strang, Graduate College

Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards Subcommittee 2019-2020

  • Chair: Valerie Klein, School of Education
  • Jason Cross, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry
  • Kimberly David-Chung, Drexel University Online, Student Life/EMSS, Graduate College
  • Laura Duwel, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology
  • Alonzo Flowers, School of Education
  • Aroutis Foster, School of Education
  • Ernest Hakanen, College of Arts and Sciences, Communication
  • Lin Han, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • Mary Hovinga, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Sherry Levin, College of Engineering
  • Adelaida Medlock, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Edward Nelling, LeBow College of Business, Fiinance
  • Oksana Odintsova, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics
  • Jed Shumsky, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Stella Volpe, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Andrew Zitcer, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Administrative support from Sandra Strang, Graduate College