Celebrating Student Accomplishments

Published: Tues., April 30, 2019

Every semester, the Office of Graduate Studies likes to take a moment to celebrate the honors and awards our graduate students have received. Below are some of the accomplishments of our talented graduate students.

Research Fair Poster Competition Awards

Research Fair Presenters
Graduate Presenters at the Spring Research Fair by UCOMM

Every year, at the Spring Research Fair, students compete for awards based on their research posters and displays. The top posters and displays in six major fields are awarded travel grants to help present their work elsewhere. The following are the students who won at this year's competition:

  • Fitsum Abebe, doctoral student, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, Examining the Dimensions of Preservice Teachers’ TPACK for K-6 Math Content Area
  • Oluwafisayo Adeniyan, masters student, Survey Research and Methodology, Profiling Schools in Nebraska using Census and School Level Attributes: A Model-Based Clustering Approach
  • Brigette Corder, doctoral student, Biological Sciences, Efficacy of Novel Universal Influenza Vaccine Immunogens
  • Hayden Cudaback and Craig Findley, masters students, Architecture, Decorum of Domesticity
  • Thilini Ekanayaka, doctoral student, Physics and Astronomy, Effects of Mn Doping on ZnS and CdS Quantum Dot Inks
  • Kyle Hull, doctoral student, Political Science, Does My Wheelchair Slow Me Down? Attitudes Towards Disabled Political Candidates
  • Hannah Kerby and Rachel Schumacher, doctoral students, Educational Psychology, Context Matters: Neighborhood Characteristics and Preschool Children’s Vocabulary and Achievement
  • Fei San Lee, doctoral student, Biological Systems Engineering, Neuro-inhibitory Microparticles For Drug Delivery: A Minimally Invasive Treatment For Low Back Pain
  • Amir Monemianesfahani, doctoral student, Mechanical Engineering, A Single Cell Pair Mechanical Interrogation Platform to Study Cell-Cell Adhesion Mechanics
  • Hannah Schafers, professional student, Architecture, The Cloud House
  • Alexandre Tonon Rosa, doctoral student, Agronomy and Horticulture, Impact of Cover Crop Species Selection on Rainfed Corn Productivity in Semi-Arid Cropping Systems
  • Ashley Woolfork, doctoral student, Chemistry, Rapid Screening of Drug-Protein Interactions by High Performance Affinity Chromatography

Other Awards and Honors

Jacob Teeter has been selected to receive the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The award is for the proposed SCGSR research project, “Bottom-up Engineering of Nanoribbon Properties through Systematic Structural Modification”, to be conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Two current graduate students, Nicole Fiore in Biological Sciences and Hunter Miller in Biological Systems Engineering, were awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship provides $34,000 stipend per year for three years and is awarded to less than 15% of applicants yearly.

The Chemistry Department awarded several awards to recognize achievements of their graduate students. These included:

  • Alana Rister: Edward K. and Mariann Chess Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • Fatema Bhinderwala: Henry H. Baumgarten Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • Jay Taylor: Roger Washburn Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • Seema Pande: Gordon Gallup Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • Amanda Miller: James D. Carr First Year Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • David Brunken-Deibert: John Scholz Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Dihua Xue: Robert B. Johnson Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Michael Stoller: Robert Harris Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Tamra Fisher: John Demuth Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Ruben Dario Gomez, a Doctoral of Musical Arts student in the Glenn Korff School of Music, won the North American Student Composer Competition. He received a $1000 commission for a 5-8 minute piece for the MetWinds ensemble to perform next year.

Ashley Garcia, doctoral student in communication studies, was awarded the Top Student Paper of the Sports Communication Interest Group by the Central States Communication Association.

The Psychology Department awarded several awards to recognize achievements of their graduate students. These included:

  • Allura Ralston: Levine Diversity Enhancement Award
  • Fatema Bhinderwala: Henry H. Baumgarten Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • Jay Taylor: Roger Washburn Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • Seema Pande: Gordon Gallup Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • Amanda Miller: James D. Carr First Year Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • David Brunken-Deibert: John Scholz Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Dihua Xue: Robert B. Johnson Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Michael Stoller: Robert Harris Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Tamra Fisher: John Demuth Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

For his work as a teaching assistant, Adam Striegel, a Doctor of Plant Health student and Agronomy masters student, was awarded the Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is given to IANR faculty and teaching assistants to recognize their teaching.

Sajjan Grover, a doctoral student in Entomology, received the 2019 Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Graduate Student Scholarship, 2019 Wirth/McGowen Memorial Fellowship, and the 2019-2020 Milton E. Mohr Fellowship.

Several Entomology students received awards from their research at the 2019 meeting of the Entomological Society of America North Central Branch: Kaitlin Chapman (1st place, poster presentation, PhD section), Mariana Sanchez (1st place, 10 minute talk, MS section), Jordan Reinders (2nd place, 10 minute talk, PhD section), Blessing Ademokoya (3rd place, 10 minute talk, PhD section), Lindsay Overmyer (3rd place, 10 minute talk, MS section).

The Bruner Entomology Club (Entomology Graduate Student Club) was recognized with the 2019 CASNR Outstanding Graduate Student Organization Award.

At the Spring Commencement on May 3rd, 2019, 125 students will earn their doctoral degrees and over 400 students will earn Masters degrees.