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Annually, the College of Graduate Studies sponsors graduate student awards for excellence in research and teaching. Acknowledging graduate students for their accomplishments is an important part of providing a rewarding academic experience. The College of Graduate Studies offers these awards annually to recognize our outstanding graduate students in a variety of categories:

  • Outstanding Dissertation (completed dissertation in Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021)
  • Outstanding Master’s Thesis (completed thesis in Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021)
  • Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant (for GTAs who are not instructors of record, but provide teaching support under the direction of a lead teacher)
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching (for instructors of record)

Information, such as eligibility and application requirements, for each award is located at the following site:

Faculty should submit their nominations to their department’s graduate coordinator by Thursday, January 6th, 2022 at 5:00 PM or an earlier deadline set by the department. Afterwards, each CECS department will advance up to one nomination per category to the CECS Graduate Affairs Office (attention: Heather Houser) no later than 12 PM, on Friday, January 7th, 2022.

It is up to each CECS department to best determine how to select its nominee in each category. The CECS Awards Committee will review the nominations from the departments and select the CECS nominee in each category. The applications for the CECS nominees will be forwarded to the Vice President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. At the university level, the Graduate Council will review the applications from the colleges and make recommendations to the Vice President for Research and Dean of CGS, who will make the final selections and notify award winners. Each university-wide award winner will receive a certificate and a cash award of $1,500.

For each of the categories listed above (Outstanding Dissertation, Outstanding Master’s Thesis, GTA Award, Graduate Student Teaching), the list below archives the CECS nominees. For nominees that were selected as the university-wide winners, their names are highlighted by **.

Outstanding Dissertation

(Selected university wide winners are highlighted by **)

2019

No Nominee

2017

Dr. Khurram Soomro, Computer Science PhD, ONLINE, SUPERVISED AND UNSUPERVISED ACTION LOCALIZATION IN VIDEOS

2016

**Dr. Afshin Dehghan, Computer Science PhD, GLOBAL DATA ASSOCIATION FOR MULTIPLE PEDESTRIAN TRACKING

2010

Dr. Ehsan Yakhshi-Tafti, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, PhD, THERMALLY-INDUCED MOTION OF DROPLETS ON A THIN LIQUID LAYER AND ITS APPLICATION TO DROPLET MANIPULATION PLATFORMS

Outstanding Master’s Thesis

(Selected university wide winners are highlighted by **)

2021
2020
2019

No Nominee

2015

**Jared Church, Environmental Engineering MS, DISHWASHING WATER RECYCLING SYSTEM AND RELATED WATER QUALITY STANDARDS FOR MILITARY USE

2012
2011

**Zhao Wang, Electrical Engineering MS, NONLINEAR ESTIMATION AND CONTROL FOR ASSISTIVE ROBOTS

2010

Carson Slabaugh, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering MS, HEAT TRANSFER AUGMENTATION IN A NARROW RECTANGULAR DUCT WITH DIMPLES APPLIED TO A SINGLE WALL

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant

(Selected university wide winners are highlighted by **)

2021

Timothy Copeland, Civil Engineering PhD

2020

**Brandy King, Computer Science MS

2019

No Nominee

2018

Burak Sen, Civil Engineering PhD

2017

Arup Kumar Ghosh, Computer Science PhD

2016

**Honorable Mention**Arup Kumar Ghosh, Computer Science PhD

2015

**Soheil Salehi Mobarakeh, Computer Engineering PhD

2014

Muamer Ali Abuzwidah, Civil Engineering PhD

2013

Wilawan Onkham, Industrial Engineering PhD

2012

Catherine Kammerer, Materials Science & Engineering PhD

2011

**Andrea Cumming, Environmental Engineering PhD

2010

Chowdhury K. A. Siddiqui, PhD, Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching

(Selected university wide winners are highlighted by **)

2021

Sreeram Sundaresh, Electrical Engineering PhD

2020

Sahar Hooshmand, Computer Science PhD

2019

N/A

2018

Pankaj Pramod Kulkarni, Mechanical Engineering PhD

2017

No nominee

2016

No nominee

2015

Mohamed Awwad, Industrial Engineering PhD

2014

Stephanie C. Bolyard, Environmental Engineering PhD

2013

Catherine Kammerer, Materials Science and Engineering PhD

2012

Saeed Hadian Niasar, Civil Engineering PhD

2011

Jonathan Cazalas, Computer Science PhD

2010

Mohamed Ahmed, Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering PhD