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Graduate Awards & Honors

2018 Graduate Student Scholarship & Award Recipients

Two awards are given out to graduate students annually for recognition in research and teaching. 

The Jay and Carol Taylor Graduate Scholarship is named after Dr. Jay Taylor and his wife Carol.  Dr. Taylor was a long-time faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and endowed this award in his retirement.  This award is given to students who have made excellent progress in their research.

The winners of this year's Jay and Carol Taylor Graduate Scholarship are Alexandre Goncalves and Prakash Kharel.

Two students received an Honorable Mention for the Taylor Award: Srijana Bhandari and Han Wang.

The Bush Prize for Graduate Teaching is awarded to a graduate student who has had outstanding feedback from his or her teaching assignments within the past academic year.  The winners of this year's Bush Prize for Graduate Teaching are Alexandre Goncalves and Mohammad Saifur Rahman.

One student received an Honorable Mention for the Bush Prize: Srijana Bhandari.

The University Fellowship is awarded by Graduate Studies to doctoral students who have passed the candidacy examinations and who are committed to full-time dissertation research or writing.enrolled for the study of physical chemistry. Each department/school is eligible for up to two University Fellowships.

This year, both Arosha Dassanayake and Sagun Jonchhe were nominated for University Fellowships (effective Spring 2019).

Previous Award Recipients

Jay & Carol Taylor Graduate Scholarship

  • 2017 - Sumirtha Balaratnam
  • 2017 - Prakash Shrestha
  • 2016 - Chamila Gunathilake
  • 2016 - Ranil Gurusinghe
  • 2016 - Shankar Mandal
  • 2015 - Michal Marszewski
  • 2015 - Sangeetha Selvam
  • 2014 - Rohan Dassanayake
  • 2014 - Zachary Graber
  • 2014 - Murthi Kandanapitiye
  • 2014 - Nilantha Wickramaratne
  • 2013 - Tawfik Khattab
  • 2013 - Deepak Koirala
  • 2012 - Harishchandra Subedi
  • 2012 - Zhongbo Yu
  • 2011 - Stacy Grant
  • 2011 - Mark Morris

Bush Prize for Graduate Teaching

  • 2017 - Sumirtha Balaratnam
  • 2017 - Nathan Beals
  • 2016 - Michal Marszewski
  • 2016 - Sangeetha Selvam
  • 2015 - Zhe Li
  • 2014 - Debmalya Bhattacharyya
  • 2013 - Shuo Li
  • 2013 - Philip Yangyuoru
  • 2012 - Sonya Adas
  • 2012 - Zhongbo Yu
  • 2011 - Gretchen Laubacher

University Fellowship

  • 2017 - Prakash Kharel
  • 2017 - Shankar Mandal
  • 2016 - Sumirtha Balaratnam
  • 2016 - Sangeetha Selvam
  • 2015 - Michal Marszewski
  • 2015 - Prakash Shrestha
  • 2014 - Chamila Gunathilake
  • 2014 - Matthew Worden
  • 2013 - Zachary Graber
  • 2013 - Nilantha Wickramaratne
  • 2012 - Deepak Koirala
  • 2011 - Zhongbo Yu