2020 Scholarship Awards.

Fall 2020 Graduate Student Showcase scholarships are listed below and will be updated as sponsors join.

Distinction in Creativity Award.

Creative Disciplines Poster

The Distinction in Creativity award is presented collaboratively by the Graduate School and Office of Vice President for Research. This award recognizes the passion and personal contributions of these talented graduate students, and honors their commitment and efforts in their area of work.


Scholarship Awards.

1st place:
$250 award
  • Leila Malekadeli - Art and Art History
2nd place:
$150 award
  • Amy Young - Art and Art History

Great Minds in Research Award.

Research Disciplines Poster

The Great Minds in Research award is presented collaboratively by the Graduate School and the Office of Vice President for Research. This award recognizes graduate student submissions that contribute to the excellence and advancement of research, scholarship, and entrepreneurial efforts at CSU. We celebrate these rising stars, and honor these graduate students for the commitment and efforts in their field.


Scholarship Awards.

1st place:
$250 award
  • Judith Chiginsky - Agricultural Biology
2nd place:
$150 award
  • Julianna Sun - Cell and Molecular Biology
Honorable mention:
Ten $100 awards
  • Charlotte Cialek - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Ryan Czarny- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Rachel Doser - Biomedical Sciences
  • Emily Fitzmeyer - Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
  • Jake Greenwood - Chemistry
  • Sarah Myers - Psychology
  • Kailee Reed - Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Katie Rocci - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
  • Lisa Schlein - Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ray Sumner - Anthropology and Geography

Business for a Better World Award.

College of Business logo

The College of Business is invested in projects that offer sustainable solutions to substantive problems affecting a population. Through this Business for a Better World Award, the College is pleased to highlight outstanding scholarship from business graduate students.


Awards

1st place:
$500 award
  • Ethan Hahn - College of Business

Drivers of Innovation: The CSU Ventures Awards.

CSU Ventures

The Drivers of Innovation awards highlight the leading edge of the most innovative research originating from CSU research. Awardees in this category have presented innovative research capable of solving commercial needs that benefit society. Additionally, the awardees have demonstrated a solid capability to communicate their science clearly as well as a superior ability to visually represent their research in a manner that is accessible to all audiences.


Awards

Platinum:
Two $500 awards
  • Peter Chen - Mechanical Engineering
  • Mo Hussein - Systems Engineering
Silver:
Two $250 awards
  • Diego Bestel - Mechanical Engineering
  • Kanda Borognoni - Chemistry

Global Impact Award.

Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs is pleased to recognize students with the Global Impact Award.


Global Research Award.

The Office of International Programs seeks to honor three graduate students that demonstrate an active commitment to making a Global Impact through research. Examples might include field research that was conducted at an international location, research that was accomplished by partnering with an international organization or institution, or research that has the capacity to address a significant global challenge.

Awards.

Top Scholar:
Three $400 awards
  • Yuiko Chino - Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
  • Brittney Sly - Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Melody Zarria - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Graduate Student Council: New Graduate Student Award.

Graduate Student Council

In line with the Graduate Student Council’s (GSC) overall commitment to bring graduate students together for the purposes of networking, collaboration, and advocacy the GSC is proud to sponsor the Graduate Student Showcase. Our organization has always had a strong focus on welcoming new graduate students to CSU and empowering them to succeed. Offering the New Graduate Student Award in partnership with the Graduate School, is yet another way we can help these emerging scholars reach their full potential.

The New Graduate Student Award is available to all graduate students in the first three semesters of their graduate work (anyone who started Summer/Fall 2019 or later), and four students will be selected, with each winning a $250 prize. In line with the mission of GSC, special consideration will be offered to projects focused on informing policy that may benefit graduate students and further the goals of GSC.

The New Graduate Student Award will be judged by the GSC leadership team and our administrative advisors.


Scholarship Awards.

Visual Arts Top Scholar:
$250 award
  • Pratyoosh Kashyap - Agricultural and Resource Economics
Research Top Scholar:
Three $250 awards
  • Lauren Abram - Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
  • James Terry - Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
  • Lisa Wang - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate Choice Award.

Undergraduate Choice

The Graduate School is proud to partner with the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry to sponsor the Undergraduate Choice Awards through which each category of the Graduate Student Showcase will be judged by a team of undergraduate scholars. This category is designed to expose undergraduates to graduate level scholarship, facilitate the training of undergraduates in the critical analysis of scholarly products, and to reward graduate students whose work is perceived to be among the highest quality by the undergraduate team of judges.


Scholarship Awards.

Visual Arts Top Scholar:
$125 award
  • Zach Leonard - Art and Art History
Research Top Scholar:
Three $125 awards
  • Jessy Jiao - Human Development and Family Studies
  • Allie Kohler - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
  • Avpreet Othee - Systems Engineering

College Specific Awards.

Top Scholars for University-Wide Graduate Programs

Graduate School logo

Presented and offered by the Graduate School and CSU Libraries.


Scholarship Awards.

1st Place:
$500 award
  • Dani Lin Hunter - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
2nd Place:
$300 award
  • Platon Selemenakis - Cell and Molecular Biology
3rd Place:
$250 award
  • Erika Peirce - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

College of Agricultural Sciences Top Scholars Awards.

College of Agriculture logo

The College of Agricultural Sciences is proud to present the Top Scholar award.


Cash Prize.

Top Scholar:
$500 award
  • Aeriel Belk - Animal Sciences

College of Business Dean’s Award for Research Excellence.

College of Business logo

For the College of Business graduate student that provides a creative research solution to a substantive business problem. Through this award, the College of Business is pleased to honor a business graduate student for outstanding research.


Awards

Top Scholar:
$500 award
  • Marya Skotte - College of Business

WSCOE Excellence in Research Award.

College of Engineering logo

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is proud to present the Excellence in Research Award.


Scholarship Awards.

Top Scholar:
Three $250 awards
  • Audrey Beattie - Mechanical Engineering
  • Marija Krunic - Systems Engineering
  • Morteza Ziaee - Mechanical Engineering

College of Health and Human Sciences Awards.

College of Health and Human Sciences logo

The College of Health and Human Sciences is pleased to provide four Excellence in Research and Scholarship awards. and one Excellence in Creativity award.


Scholarship Awards.

Excellence in Research and Scholarship:
Four $250 awards
  • Emma Clark - Human Development and Family Studies
  • Shivani Kaushik - School of Social Work
  • Clayton Swanson - Health and Exercise Science
  • Scott Wrigley - Food Science and Human Nutrition

College of Liberal Arts Awards.

College of Liberal Arts logo

Awards to Graduate Students in Liberal Arts Disciplines/Departments for highest achievements in:


Creative and Performing Arts, including visual arts, music (solo and ensemble), theatre, dance, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction:

Scholarship Awards.

Top Scholar:
Two $500 awards
  • Michaela Allen - School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
  • Andrea Bagdon - Art and Art History

Scholarly/Research-based poster presentations:

Scholarship Awards.

Top Scholar:
Two $500 awards
  • Mary Shirley Mitchell - Anthropology and Geography
  • Natalie Stacker - History

College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award:

College of Natural Sciences logo

The College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award honors the scholarship of graduate students who exemplify the college’s commitment to cutting-edge research.


Scholarship Awards.

Outstanding Scholar:
Four awards of $500 each
  • Alexandra Koegel - Chemistry
  • Daniel Mork - Statistics
  • Mariel Price - Chemistry
  • Christopher Rom - Chemistry

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Awards.

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences logo

CVMBS Top Scholar Awards


CVMBS values discovery and celebrates development of the skill set to advance knowledge with original research. Our mission is to help animals, people and the planet through restorative and preventive strategies for the health of these systems – a One Health perspective. This award recognizes promise in a research student in developing the skills to advance knowledge.

Scholarship Awards.

Top Scholar:
Three $500 awards
  • Arielle Hay - Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
  • Sebastian Pace - Biomedical Sciences
  • Fabiola Silva Angulo - Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Warner College of Natural Resources Award for Graduate Student Achievement.

Warner College of Natural Resources logo

Warner College of Natural Resources Award for Graduate Student Achievement: This award recognizes excellence in graduate student achievement and excellence in scholarship and research that sets the foundation for outstanding career-long contributions to the natural resources field.


Scholarship Awards.

Warner Top Scholar!
Three $500 awards
  • Kate Burgess - Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • Cora Davies - Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
  • Talia Speaker - Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

GradShow Committee

Planning committee members:

  • Dr. Mary Stromberger, Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School
  • Dr. Colleen Webb, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
  • Allie Alyan
  • Ludy Avalos
  • Theresa Barosh
  • Madison Colley
  • Allison DeWaele
  • Lynna Dicamillo
  • Amada Koch
  • Julie Paolucci
  • Katlyn Reed
  • Matthew Saxton
  • Lindsay Wickenbach

Graduate School Support:

  • Denise Apodaca
  • Vincent Avalos
  • Sandy Dailey
  • Dr. Greg Florant
  • Dr. Michelle Foster
  • Dustin Grantham
  • Cathy Lee
  • Alina Lugo
  • Teresa McClure
  • Dr. Kristina Quynn
  • Jennifer Wang
  • Marian Willis

Special Thanks to Presenters and Judges

Thank you for joining us at the GradShow. Special appreciation goes to all of the graduate students who presented, as this celebration would not be possible without your willingness to share your creative works and scholarship. An additional thank you to the judges who volunteered. Your time and efforts truly made all the difference in allowing us to recognize and celebrate graduate student excellence here on campus.

Awards Subject to Change

While we do our best to provide correct and current information regarding the award categories and amounts, occasionally this information may change. All awards and award amounts are subject to change.

2020 Discretionary Scholarship Awards.

All 2020 awards are provided in the form of Discretionary Scholarships and are acknowledged by the Office of Financial Aid as a resource to support the student’s cost-of-education. The addition of the scholarship could cause a student to have total financial aid in excess of their cost-of-education, which would adjust accordingly.