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2021 #MasonScience Student Award Recipients

#MasonScience is proud to honor all of our 2021 award winners for their impressive achievements. Congratulations to all of our amazing students. 

2021 Graduation

Dean's Awards

Dean’s Award for Excellence in  
Undergraduate Academics or Research   

Melony Kim
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research  
Abdullah al Fahad
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences 

Dean's Awards
Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Awards
Undergraduate students across all departments and programs are recognized at the end of each spring semester for their academic, research and service contributions. Congratulations to the following student award winners.




 

DEPARTMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC, OCEANIC AND EARTH SCIENCES  


Outstanding Student in Atmospheric Science (Computational Atmospheric Sciences Option) 
Brittany Kehrer  

Outstanding Student in Atmospheric Science (Meteorology concentration) 
John Stiles  

Outstanding Student in Earth Surface Processes 
Juliet Pasupulati 

Outstanding Student in Environmental Geoscience 
Ashley Robertson   

Outstanding Student in Geology 
Elisabeth Carver  


DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY 

Biology Honors Award 
Nadeen Aladham 
Allison Burton 
Synah Elahi-Mohassel 
Collin Graham 
Einas Abu El Hawa 
Alison Johnston 
Alexander John Lalena 
Anastasiya Melnyk 
Linh Nguyen 
Marie O’Connor 
Nima Seyed-Ashraf 
Oznur Temel
Marie Tessier 

Biology Writing Award 
Synah Elahi-Mohassel 

Faculty Award 
Amy H. Hoang 
Anastasiya Melnyk 
Marion Lobstein Award 
Maggie Walker 


Melissa Stanley Medical Laboratory Science Award 
Phuong T. Nguyen 
Nally Semyonov 

The Rockwood Pre-Health Award 
Pratyusha Chaluvadi 
Kyle Sheng Chen 
Valeria Galemba 
Alison N. Johnston 

Senior Award 
Jasmine James 
Alexander John Lalena 

 


DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY 

American Chemical Society Senior Award and  
Chemical Society of Washington College  
Chemistry Achievement Award 

Christopher Veatch 
 


DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY  

Outstanding Student in Conservation 
Sophia Chain 
Samira Sather  

Outstanding Student in Human and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change Concentration 
Breanna Hart  
Ashley Robertson   

Outstanding Student in Marine, Estuarine, and  
Freshwater Ecology 

Wilfredo Delcid 
Adam Murray  

Outstanding Student in Wildlife 
Matthew Cofer   


PROGRAM OF FORENSIC SCIENCE 

Achievement Award 
Zainab Saeed 
Charity Williams 

Faculty Award 
Ethan Kolonoski 

Service Award 
Olivia Denaburg 


DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOINFORMATION SCIENCE 

Outstanding Undergraduate Students 
Lindsey Bornick (BS) 
Caitlyn Lightner  (BA) 

Outstanding Service  
Cecelia O’Neill 

2021 Digital Globe Scholar  
Emma Von Hoen 
 


MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

Klaus Fischer Award for Academic Achievement in Mathematics
Zachary Richey

Mary K. Cabell Award to the Outstanding Mathematics Student
Ethan Clelland

Genevieve G. Feinstein Award in Cryptography
Sarah Boyt

Amer Beslagic Award
Kerrie Bruce

Clarke Family Award for Excellence in Analysis, Algebra, or Topology
Rafael Arndt
Deanna Easley

 


INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM IN NEUROSCIENCE 

Neuroscience Faculty Choice Award 
Samuel Blouir 
Deama Habibi 

Outstanding Academic Achievement in  
Neuroscience Award (highest GPA) 

Sahar Rizwan  


DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY   

Outstanding Graduating Senior 
Mark Phillips 

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award 
Lara Kamal 
Daniel Rodriguez  


SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS BIOLOGY   

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholar Award 
Alexander Marchesani 
 


 

Graduate Awards

Graduate Awards

Graduate students make up a vital component of the Mason Science community. The following graduate students received recognition for their outstanding academic, instructional, and research accomplishments, as well as their service and community impact.

 


 

Commencement Outstanding Students
Fahad Alsmned, School of Systems Biology
June Kang, School of Systems Biology

2021 Mason 3MT® AWARD
Chase LaDue, Environmental Science and Public Policy
Second Place – Silver

Elaine Joyce Outstanding Biology
Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award  

Jillian Jorgensen 
Pooja Khatkar 
Adeyemi A. Olanrewaju 

2021 Innovative Teaching Award 
Linda D. Chilin 
Sarah Farinelli 
Chase A. LaDue 
Nick Minster 
Meadhbh Molloy 
Sasha Stoddard 


Biology 2021 Teaching Innovation Award
Brian Hetrick


DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE  
AND POLICY 

Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 
Brian Griffiths 

Best MS Thesis Award 
Samantha Alexander   

Exceptional Environmental Science and Policy 
Graduate Student Teacher 
Stephanie Schmidt   
Elizabeth Schierbeek 

Greatest Impact Award 
Peter Jacobs 


FORENSIC SCIENCE PROGRAM 

Achievement Award 
Ryen Weaver 
Emily Wood 

Faculty Award 
Sean Whitmer  
Angelina Mauriello 

Service Award 
Stephanie Betts 


DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOINFORMATION SCIENCE 

Outstanding Graduate Certificate Student 
Mary Schwoerer 

Outstanding Master’s Student 
Carolyn Pollack 

Outstanding Doctoral Student 
Yun Li 
 


MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

T.C. Lim Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching
Aleyah Dawkins
Mathew Hasty
Patrick Bishop

 


DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY 

Outstanding Physics Doctoral Dissertation 
Jenna Cann 

Outstanding Masters Graduate 
Daniel Bitter 

Outstanding Physics and Astronomy Graduate  
Teaching Assistant 

James Bartlett 
William Matzko 


SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS BIOLOGY 

Best Master’s Thesis 
Raghad Almofeez 
Emna El Gazzah 

Best Doctorate of Philosophy Dissertation 
Allison Bakovic 
Christopher Siwy  


School of Systems Biology Impact Award—Doctoral  
June Kang  
Sarah Al Sharif 

School of Systems Biology Impact Award—Masters 
Maria Cowen 

John N. Brady Award for Excellence in Retrovirus Research 
Deemah Dabbagh 

School of Systems Biology Innovator Award 
Marissa Howard 

School of Systems Biology in Award in Data Analysis 
Kalpana Dommaraju 

Graduate Student Outreach Award 
James Erickson 
Kamil Can Kural 

Navachat Tongvichit Bioinformatics Memorial Fellowship 
Eric Munger