Reception to recognize outstanding graduate students

The 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. on Tuesday, April 23, in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium. Presentation of awards will begin at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call 815-753-9403 or email

Recipients of the following 2018-19 awards will be recognized:

Outstanding Graduate Student Award 

Jamie Alumbaugh – Biological Sciences
Chynar Amanova – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Mia Bechtold – Special and Early Education
James Boge – College of Business, MBA Program 
Jared Brady – Mathematical Sciences 
Thomas Brown – History 
Xuezhi Cang – Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences 
Sarah Cerovac – World Languages and Cultures 
Jin Chen – Communication
Lillian Cobo – Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences 
Sean Daly – Political Science
Milivoje Davidovic – Economics 
Allison Einhouse – Kinesiology and Physical Education 
Charles Fabrikant – Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations 
Karisa Fuerniss – Kinesiology and Physical Education 
Jue Gong – Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Bernadette Heitschmidt – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education 
Megan Hennings – Allied Health and Communicative Disorders 
Kirstin Hinds – Public Administration 
Maureen Hogan – Educational Technology, Research and Assessment 
Christopher Kraner – Educational Technology, Research and Assessment 
Kelli Krause – Accountancy 
Carolyn Little – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education 
Kevin Luginbill – History 
Megan Malone – Interdisciplinary Health Professions 
Rachel Martin – Economics 
Julia Metz – Sociology 
Bridget Metzger – Accountancy 
Quentin Moore – College of Health and Human Sciences, Ph.D. Program 
Justin J. J. Ness – English 
Holly Nicholson – Marketing 
Marigny Normann – Psychology 
Lynn O’Boyle – Allied Health and Communicative Disorders 
Torin Quinlivan – Statistics 
Anthony Reffi – Psychology 
Scott Rexford – Mathematical Sciences 
Sarah Sabo – Art and Design 
Timothy Satterlee – Biological Sciences 
Jennifer Shelton – Curriculum and Instruction 
Danielle Sheppard – Art and Design 
Megan Six – Family and Consumer Sciences 
Christopher Stewart – Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Mack Sullivan – Philosophy 
Emily Vitrano – Theatre and Dance 
Rachel VonDrasek – Accountancy 
Elizabeth Voyles – Health Studies 
Daniel Werner – Allied Health and Communicative Disorders 
Kristina Wilkerson – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education 
Meng-Jung Yang – Art and Design 
Benjamin Yost – Political Science 

Dissertation Completion Fellowship 

Sean Kennedy – Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Kyle Killebrew – English 
Susan Kwosek – History
Nicole Loring – Political Science 
Anusorn Lueangaramwong – Physics 
Lyndsay Rankin – Biological Sciences 

Carter G. Woodson Fellowship – New 

Ruth Imose – Psychology
Jeffrey T. Lunsford Fellowship
Naquincia Burnett – Accountancy 
Victor Garcia – History 
Michael Milhim – Philosophy 

University Fellowship 

Mathew Anderson – Music
John Hill – Philosophy
Sheryl Hosler – Biological Sciences 
Tilak Malla – Physics 
Zeinab Saab – Art and Design 

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship – New 

Susana Das Neves – Counseling, Adult and Higher Education 

Outstanding Dissertation Award

Ryan Myers – Biological Sciences 
Erika Sparby – English

Outstanding Thesis Award 

Robert Keating – Psychology 
Muhammad Adib Uz Zaman – Industrial and Systems Engineering

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 

Sasha Bitzer – Art and Design
Harry Bodell – Communication Studies
Erica Ceka – Public Administration 
Kevin Parker– Chemistry and Biochemistry

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