The Graduate School Honors Student and Faculty Exemplars

The Graduate School Honors Student and Faculty Exemplars

By UM News

The Graduate School Honors Student and Faculty Exemplars

By UM News
A total of 6 recognitions were awarded to members of the UM Graduate Community for their outstanding work during the 2017-2018 academic year.

In April, the Graduate School hosted the Annual Awards Ceremony to showcase the important contributions made this academic year by graduate students and faculty in support of graduate education and the teaching, research, and service missions of our institution.

At the Annual Awards Ceremony, the Graduate School awards three student recognitions: Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, and Graduate Student Exemplar. Additionally, two faculty awards are presented: Outstanding Graduate Program Director and Faculty Mentor of the Year. 

The Graduate School, in collaboration with the Butler Center for Service and Leadership and Graduate Student Association, also presented the Graduate Award for Excellence at the 2018 Butler Center's Annual Celebration of Involvement. 

The Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant recognition was awarded to Eric Bray, an M.D./Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at the Miller School of Medicine. This award recognizes a graduate student distinguished in scholarly or research pursuits in a graduate program at UM, who has made a discernible contribution to the discipline. 

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant recognition was awarded to Haley Mathis, a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the College of Arts and Sciences. This award recognizes a graduate student for enhancing undergraduate education at UM. The student must exhibit superior effectiveness or innovation in teaching undergraduates, as well as demonstrated interest in professional development as a teacher. 

The Graduate Student Exemplar recognition was awarded to Morteza Khatibmasjedi, a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering. This award recognizes a graduating student who excelled academically and has either overcome tremendous odds to be successful, or has consistently made contributions which benefit others. 

The Outstanding Graduate Program Director (GPD) recognition was awarded to Dr. William Scott of the Human Genetics and Genomics department at the Miller School of Medicine. This award recognizes a GPD who has made a significant impact on graduate education, and/or in support of graduate students of a program, enhancing curriculum, programming, recruitment, retention or placement. 

The Faculty Mentor of the Year recognition was awarded to Dr. Coreen Duffy of the Vocal Performance department at the Frost School of Music. This award recognizes one faculty member who has shown tremendous commitment to mentoring, advising and supporting graduate student advisees. 

The Graduate Award for Excellence was presented to Robert Kozol, a Ph.D. student in Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes a graduate student who has excelled in the areas of leadership, service, and academics. 

Congratulations to all faculty and student winners!

Click here for pictures of the Annual Awards Ceremony and the Butler Center’s Celebration of Involvement.