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The Graduate School celebrates Outstanding Members of the Graduate Community

By Laura Elena Lopez Ramos

The Graduate School celebrates Outstanding Members of the Graduate Community

By Laura Elena Lopez Ramos
A total of seven graduate student and faculty awardees were recognized at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

The Graduate School hosted the Annual Awards Ceremony to honor students and faculty who made extraordinary contributions to graduate education and the teaching, research, and service missions of our institution during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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 2019 Butler Center's Annual Celebration of Involvement.

The Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant recognition was awarded to Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant: Eric Ling, Ph.D. student in Mathematics at the College of Arts and Sciences. This award recognizes a graduate student distinguished in scholarly or research pursuits in a graduate program at the University, who has made a discernible contribution to the discipline.

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

This year the Graduate Student Exemplar recognition, given to a graduating student who excelled academically and has either overcome tremendous odds to be successful or has consistently made contributions which benefit others, was awarded to two students: Magno Formiga, Ph.D. student in Physical Therapy; and Daniel Samano Martin del Campo, Master of Public Health student at the Miller School of Medicine.

The Outstanding Graduate Program Director (GPD) recognition was awarded to Dr. Juan Manuel Gonzalez from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, where he has also been recognized twice as Teacher of the Year. 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. Michelle Afkhami from the Biology department at the College of Arts and Sciences. This award recognizes one faculty member who has shown tremendous commitment to mentoring, advising and supporting graduate student advisees.

Fahd Qadir

The Graduate Award for Excellence in Student Leadership was given to Fahd Qadir, Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology at the Miller School of Medicine. This distinction, awarded by the Butler Center for Service and Leadership at their annual Celebration of Involvement, 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 the full list of nominees.