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Outstanding Graduate Student Recognition Reception planned April 19

April 1, 2016

NIU commencement mortarboard capThe Graduate School invites faculty, staff and students to join in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of NIU’s graduate students.

A reception will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 19,in the Altgeld Hall auditorium. Presentation of awards will begin at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call (815) 753-9403 or email [email protected].

Recipients of the following 2015-16 awards will be recognized:

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

  • Rexford Mawunyegah Akakpo – Statistics
  • Christopher Anderson – History
  • Kaitlin Anderson – Music
  • Abraham Asfaw – Economics
  • Sam Babin – Communication
  • Mary Bajek – Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Trevor Bixler – Psychology
  • Paige Bothwell – Biological Sciences
  • Angela Burke – Biological Sciences
  • Jui-Ling Chiang – Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
  • Lindsey Crane – English
  • Harsh Deshpande – Physics
  • Sougata Dhar – Mathematical Sciences
  • Lauren Dick – Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences
  • Sarah Dreifke – Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences
  • Nicole Dressler – History
  • Jenny Marie Farmer – Accountancy
  • Deanna Goldstein – Anthropology
  • Kristin Gray – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
  • Rebecca Hanna – Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Ashley Heiberger – English
  • Felicia Herzog – Art and Design
  • Aaron Howe – Public Administrationawar
  • Jennifer Jacobs – Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
  • Stephanie Jones – Sociology
  • Kacy Kreger – Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Brendan Learnihan-Sylvester – Philosophy
  • Amy Martin – Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
  • Peter McGraw – Accountancy
  • Leah Mitchell – Art and Design
  • Kaitlyn Monteer – Mathematical Sciences
  • Nancy Petges – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
  • Michael Pomante – Political Science
  • Alyson Pouls – Art and Design
  • Laura Proctor – Nursing and Health Studies
  • Connor K. Schomig – Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Timothy Schoonover – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
  • Elizabeth Smith – Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Sarah Smith – Geography
  • Alyssa Stefl – Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Stephen Strader – Geography
  • Alison Sunseri – Art and Design
  • Keith M. Taddei – Physics
  • Testriono – Political Science
  • Russ Webster – College of Business MBA Program
  • Erin Weldon – Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Suzanna Wise – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

Photo of hands typing on a computerDissertation Completion Fellowship

  • Sirojuddin Arif – Political Science
  • Heather Barkholtz – Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Ann Friesema – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
  • Robert Fulton, Jr. – History
  • Maureen Lowry-Fritz – Political Science
  • Timothy Piper – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
  • Antonia Seligowski – Psychology
  • Tracy Stephens – English
  • Keith M. Taddei – Physics
  • Pamela Waltz – Psychology
  • William Wysocki – Biological Sciences

Carter G. Woodson Fellowship – New

  • Melissa London – Psychology
  • Timothy Marquez – Political Science

Jeffrey T. Lunsford Fellowship

  • Charles Chesnut – Philosophy
  • Jesus Fulgencio – Biological Sciences
  • Mikhaella Hodges – Psychology
  • Taneisha Vilma – Psychology

University Fellowship

  • Kyle Flens – Music
  • Jacqueline Klossing – Psychology
  • Meagan Phillips – Philosophy
  • Laurence Tumpag – Anthropology
  • Christina Warzecha – Art and Design

Photo of a yellow highlighter on an open text bookOutstanding Dissertation Award

  • Stephen Cole – Physics

Outstanding Thesis Award

  • Eden Anderson – Psychology
  • Alex Haberlie – Geography
  • Disa Patel – Nursing and Health Studies

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

  • Jeremy Foy – Art and Design
  • Li-Hsuan Hsu – Art and Design
  • Jennifer Jacobs – Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Anna Rossi – Sociology