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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; however, due to COVID-19, we will honor awardees by sending a University-wide announcement and distributing digital award certificates. Graduating awardees are also listed in the official Commencement booklet and may also be recognized during their College/School Commencement ceremony.

2020-2021 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.

Award Nomination Form [Qualtrics]

Nominations are due by 12 p.m. EDT Friday, April 30, 2021.

Awardees will be notified and posted to the website on or around May 12, 2021.

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 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

The Drexel Common Good Award is presented to graduate students 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.


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

Teck-Kah Lim, Ph.D. 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 students (master's 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 students 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.


Outstanding RCF Award

The Outstanding Remote Course Facilitator Award is presented to graduate students who have served as Remote Course Facilitators (RCFs), providing assistance to faculty members teaching in a fully remote (or hybrid) course as a result of COVID-19, and who went above and beyond, ensuring that students were engaged, technology was functioning properly, and digital content was readily accessible.

Graduate Student Excellence Awards Committee 2021

  • Chair: Anne Converse Willkomm, Assistant Dean, Graduate College & Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Carol Artlett, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Vikas Bhandawat, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • Daniel Dorn, Finance, LeBow College of Business
  • Alonzo Flowers, School of Education
  • Adrienne Juarascio, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Johnson Kebea, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement (Drexel Common Good Award, Civic Engagement Category)
  • Christopher MacLellan, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Jaya Mohan, Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs (Outstanding Mentorship Awards)
  • Kymberlee Montgomery, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Michelle Quigley, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Damian Salas, Close School of Entrepreneurship
  • 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 2021

  • Chair: Valerie Klein, School of Education
  • Kimberly David-Chung, Drexel University Online, Student Life/EMSS, Graduate College
  • Daniel Dorn, Finance, LeBow College of Business
  • Laura Duwel, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology
  • Alonzo Flowers, School of Education
  • Anita Gaurnier-Hausser, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Lin Han, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • Sherry Levin, College of Engineering
  • Jennifer Nasser, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Oksana Odintsova, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics
  • Michelle Quigley, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Damian Salas, Close School of Entrepreneurship
  • Brian Stuart, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Andrew Zitcer, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Administrative support from Sandra Strang, Graduate College

Outstanding Remote Course Facilitator Award Subcommittee 2021

  • Chair: Anne Converse Willkomm, Assistant Dean, Graduate College & Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Kimberly David-Chung, Drexel University Online, Student Life/EMSS, Graduate College
  • Alan Hecht, Instructional Technical Services, LeBow College of Business
  • David Kim, Graduate College
  • Tsz Kwok, Graduate College
  • Deirdre McMahon, Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows Chair & College of Arts and Sciences
  • Melissa Richman, Graduate College & Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Michael Shelmet, Instructional Technology (ITG), Office of Information Technology
  • Sandra Strang, Graduate College
  • Stephanie Sutcliffe, Instructional Design & Multimedia Services, Drexel University Online