Distinction in Creativity Award.

Creative Disciplines Poster

The Distinction in Creativity award is presented in collaboration by the Graduate School and Office of Vice President for Research. This award recognizes the passion and personal contributions of these talented graduate students, and honors their commitment and efforts in their area of work.


Nurray Packard.

Pulsations
  • Pulsations
  • 1st place
  • $250 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Art and Art History

Abby Kerstetter.

  • The Part of the Blood That Troubles
  • 2nd place
  • $150 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • English

Great Minds in Research Award.

Research Disciplines Poster

The Great Minds in Research award is presented in collaboration by the Graduate School and the Office of Vice President for Research. This award recognizes graduate student submissions that contribute to the excellence and advancement of research, scholarship, and entrepreneurial efforts at CSU. We celebrate these rising stars, and honor these graduate students for the commitment and efforts in their field.


Kalie Mcmonagle.

Duct Taping Mental Health - Maladpative
  • Duct Taping Mental Health - Maladpative
  • 1st place
  • $250 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Communication Studies

John Whalen.

Which Reporting Verbs Characterize Successful Academic Writing? A Teachers' Tool
  • Which Reporting Verbs Characterize Successful Academic Writing? A Teachers' Tool
  • 2nd place
  • $150 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • English

Kristen Davenport.

Novel in Vitro Assessments of Prion Disease Species Barriers
  • Novel in Vitro Assessments of Prion Disease Species Barriers
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology

Lauren Radakovich.

Evidence of Inflammaging and Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Old Dogs
  • Evidence of Inflammaging and Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Old Dogs
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology

Lindsay Martin.

  • Molting Gland De Novo Transcriptome Assembly in Gecarcinus Lateralis
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Biology

Hailey Groo.

Evolution of Female Social Roles in Native Hawaiian Society
  • Evolution of Female Social Roles in Native Hawaiian Society
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • History

Eric Tauchman.

  • Kinetochore-Microtubule Attachment Silences the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • University-Wide
  • Cell and Molecular Biology

Nabila Huq.

  • Fouling Reversal and Tunability in Micellar Ultrafiltration Membrane Assemblies
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering

Caitlyn Suelter.

Pressure to be Thin Predicts Body Weight and Fat Gain
  • Pressure to be Thin Predicts Body Weight and Fat Gain
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition

Mei-heng Lin.

Adjusting for Trial-to-trial Variation in Electroencephalographic Measures of Performance Errors
  • Adjusting for Trial-to-trial Variation in Electroencephalographic Measures of Performance Errors
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy

Steven Fulgham.

  • A Novel Measurement for Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange of Gaseous Organics
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Chemistry

Emma Hatcher.

An Agent-Based Approach: Simulating Ancient Human Dispersals in Pleistocene Eurasia
  • An Agent-Based Approach: Simulating Ancient Human Dispersals in Pleistocene Eurasia
  • Honorable Mention
  • $100 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Anthropology

College of Business Sustainability Award.

College of Business logo

The College of Business is invested in projects that offer sustainable solutions to substantive problems affecting a population. Through this College of Business Sustainability Award, the College is pleased to highlight outstanding scholarship from graduate students across the campus.


Paige Charlins.

  • Lentiviral Vecotr Mobilization for Treatment of HIV in Humanized Mice
  • 1st place
  • $500 award
  • University-Wide
  • Cell and Molecular Biology

Drivers of Innovation: The CSU Ventures Awards.

CSU Ventures

The Drivers of Innovation awards highlight the leading edge of the most innovative research originating from CSU research. Awardees in this category have presented innovative research capable of solving commercial needs that benefit society. Additionally, the awardees have demonstrated a solid capability to communicate their science clearly as well as a superior ability to visually represent their research in a manner that is accessible to all audiences.


Leah Stone.

Pin It: Technology Advancements Increase Need for DIY Design App
  • Pin It: Technology Advancements Increase Need for DIY Design App
  • Platinum
  • $500 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Journalism and Media Communications

William Tedjo.

  • A Lab-on-a-Chip Design of 128x128 Ultra-Microelectrode Array Electrochemical Biosensor
  • Platinum
  • $500 award
  • College of Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Monica Clark.

  • Mentor the Garden Mentor: a Gardening Curriculum for Marginalized Populations
  • Silver
  • $250 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Ethnic Studies

Ciprian Dumitrache.

  • Towards Laser Ignition by Rapid Heating of Water Vapor
  • Silver
  • $250 award
  • College of Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Excellence in Diversity and Social Justice Award.

Super Hero

The Graduate School at Colorado State University has a longstanding commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice, with ongoing dedication to the inclusion of individuals reflective of individual difference including age, culture, different ideas and perspectives, disability, ethnicity, first generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, geographic background, marital status, national origin, spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and veteran status. The Graduate School is pleased to be able to offer the Diversity and Social Justice Award during the GradShow to a student whose scholarship in this area works to achieve the Graduate School’s values of diversity and social justice mission through research and scholarship.


Klara Rossouw.

  • RAD Resurgence - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Justice
  • Top Scholar
  • $200 award
  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Emma Giloth.

  • Bégué Coco: A Senegalese Coconut Social Enterprise
  • Top Scholar
  • $200 award
  • College of Business
  • Business

Jaime Valencik.

PEACE PLATE: Nutritional Training for Nepali Females of Childbearing Age
  • PEACE PLATE: Nutritional Training for Nepali Females of Childbearing Age
  • Top Scholar
  • $200 award
  • University-Wide
  • Colorado School of Public Health

Forever Green Award.

Alumni Association

The CSU Alumni Association is pleased to sponsor the Forever Green Award. The Forever Green Award will be judged by a team of alumni, who have completed graduate work at Colorado State. This category is designed to celebrate students who completed a degree at Colorado State and continued to pursue a graduate degree.


Hayley Benham.

Timing of Superovulation and Embryo Collection in North American Bison
  • Timing of Superovulation and Embryo Collection in North American Bison
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences

Jewel Crasta.

An Electrophysiological Study of Auditory-Motor Entrainment
  • An Electrophysiological Study of Auditory-Motor Entrainment
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Council CoSRGE Award.

Faculty Council logo

The Committee on Scholarship, Research and Graduate Education (CoSRGE) is a group of dedicated faculty who strive to develop and recommend the best academic policies and programs for CSU graduate students. Recognizing that professional development is core to the graduate student experience, CoSRGE is proud to sponsor this award to recognize scholarly activities of graduate students.


Michael Bowles.

  • Alan Hovhaness: An Overlooked American Master Composer
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School, Music, Theatre, and Dance

Global Impact Award.

Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs is pleased to recognize three students with the Global Impact Award.


Global Artistry and Creativity

The Office of International Programs seeks to honor a graduate student that demonstrates an active commitment to making a Global Impact through an artistic or creative endeavor. Examples might include recognizing a specific culture or art form worldwide through the visual arts, performing arts, or another creative medium, or art that addresses a global issue or theme.

Maram Altilmisani.

  • Digitally Printed Portable Prayer Rugs
  • Top Scholar
  • $350 award
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Design and Merchandising

Global Research Award.

The Office of International Programs seeks to honor two graduate students that demonstrate an active commitment to making a Global Impact through research. Examples might include field research that was conducted at an international location, research that was accomplished by partnering with an international organization or institution, or research that has the capacity to address a significant global challenge.

Benjamin Wheatley.

Improving Prostheses in India through Engineering Education
  • Improving Prostheses in India through Engineering Education
  • Top Scholar
  • $350 award
  • College of Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Laura Martin.

European Badger Capture Success for Vaccination Against Tuberculosis in Ireland
  • European Badger Capture Success for Vaccination Against Tuberculosis in Ireland
  • Top Scholar
  • $350 award
  • University-Wide
  • Ecology

Graduate Student Council: First Year Graduate Student Award.

Graduate Student Council

In line with the Graduate Student Council’s (GSC) overall commitment to bring graduate students together for the purposes of networking, collaboration, and advocacy the GSC is proud to sponsor the Graduate Student Showcase. Our organization has always had a strong focus on welcoming new graduate students to CSU and empowering them to succeed. Offering the First Year Graduate Student Award in partnership with the Graduate School, is yet another way we can help these emerging scholars reach their full potential.

The First Year Graduate Student Award is available to all recently admitted graduate students, and three students will be selected, with each winning a $150 prize. In line with the mission of GSC, special consideration will be offered to projects focused on informing policy that may benefit graduate students and further the goals of GSC.

The First Year Graduate Student Award will be judged by the GSC leadership team and our administrative advisors.


Nora Jean Nealon.

Understanding how Lactobacillus Reduces Salmonella Growth with Rice Bran Prebiotics
  • Understanding how Lactobacillus Reduces Salmonella Growth with Rice Bran Prebiotics
  • Top Scholar
  • $150 award
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Sam Jalali.

  • Dietary Effects on Carcass Characteristics in Wagyu Cattle
  • Top Scholar
  • $150 award
  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Animal Sciences

Maggie Adams.

  • 52 Reasons Why to Hire Me
  • Top Scholar
  • $150 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Art and Art History

Undergraduate Choice Award.

Undergraduate Choice

The Graduate School is proud to partner with the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry to sponsor the Undergraduate Choice Awards through which each category of the Graduate Student Showcase will be judged by a team of undergraduate scholars. This category is designed to expose undergraduates to graduate level scholarship, facilitate the training of undergraduates in the critical analysis of scholarly products, and to reward graduate students whose work is perceived to be among the highest quality by the undergraduate team of judges.


Victoria Mattingly.

Convincing Students to Space, Not Cram: An Attitudinal Classroom Intervention
  • Convincing Students to Space, Not Cram: An Attitudinal Classroom Intervention
  • Top Scholar
  • $120 award
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Psychology

Melissa Ford.

  • Comprehensive Modeling of Halogen Bonds for Drug and Protein Design
  • Top Scholar
  • $120 award
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Amy Sheflin.

Dietary Intervention Alters Gut Bacterial Metabolism in Colorectal Cancer Survivors
  • Dietary Intervention Alters Gut Bacterial Metabolism in Colorectal Cancer Survivors
  • Top Scholar
  • $120 award
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition

Rita Manna.

The Ascent - Revitalization of the Belden Mine, Gilman, Colorado
  • The Ascent - Revitalization of the Belden Mine, Gilman, Colorado
  • Top Scholar
  • $120 award
  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

College Specific Awards.

Top Scholars for University-Wide Graduate Programs.

Graduate School logo

Presented and offered by the Graduate School.


Sarah Kane.

  • The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Prion Protein
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • University-Wide
  • Cell and Molecular Biology

Robert Griffin-Nolan.

Plant Drought Tolerance Predicts Grassland Sensitivity to Extreme Drought
  • Plant Drought Tolerance Predicts Grassland Sensitivity to Extreme Drought
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • University-Wide
  • Ecology

College of Agricultural Sciences Top Scholars Awards.

College of Agriculture logo

The College of Agricultural Sciences is proud to present the Top Scholars awards.


Rachel Murphy.

  • Lethality of Salmonella, Escherichia coli 0157:H7 in Rendered Cooling Oil
  • Top Scholar
  • $500 award
  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Animal Sciences

Jenny Apriesnig.

  • Economic Impacts of Asian Carp on Lake Erie Commercial Fishing
  • Top Scholar
  • $500 award
  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics

College of Business Dean’s Award for Research Excellence.

College of Business logo

For the College of Business graduate student that provides a creative research solution to a substantive business problem. Through this award, the College of Business is pleased to honor a business graduate student for outstanding research.


John Garvey.

  • Insecticycle: We Upcycle Organic Waste into Animal Feed
  • Top Scholar
  • $500 award
  • College of Business
  • Business

College of Engineering All-Stars Award.

College of Engineering logo

The College of Engineering is proud to present the Engineering All-Stars award.


Kevin Westhoff.

Multi-Functional Electrolyte for Internal Thermal Management of Li-Ion Batteries
  • Multi-Functional Electrolyte for Internal Thermal Management of Li-Ion Batteries
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Aaron Drake.

Ramming of Bighorn Sheep: How do Rams Avoid Brain Injury?
  • Ramming of Bighorn Sheep: How do Rams Avoid Brain Injury?
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Ali Tasdighi.

  • A Probabilistic Approach for Quantification of Trading Ratios
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Health and Human Sciences Awards.

College of Health and Human Sciences logo

College of Health and Human Sciences Excellence in Creativity

College of Health and Human Sciences Excellence in Research and Scholarship


Sarah Ehrlicher.

Mitochondrial Biogenesis in Response to Exercise or Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment
  • Mitochondrial Biogenesis in Response to Exercise or Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Health and Exercise Science

Brittany Taylor.

  • Phases of Systematic Brain Processing Successfully Predict Task-Specific Behaviors
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Human Development and Family Studies

Dustin Lee.

Fuzhuan Tea Reverses Western Diet-induced Arterial Stiffness in Mice
  • Fuzhuan Tea Reverses Western Diet-induced Arterial Stiffness in Mice
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition

Alison Hamm.

  • Hop Phytoestrogens to Prevent Gut Dysbiosis Due to Estrogen Loss
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition

College of Liberal Arts Awards.

College of Liberal Arts logo

Awards to Graduate Students in Liberal Arts Disciplines/Departments for highest acheivements in:


Creative and Performing Arts, including visual arts, music (solo and ensemble), theatre, dance, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction:

Melissa Hohl.

  • The Other in Mother: A Poetics of Excavation
  • Top Scholar
  • $500 award
  • Liberal Arts
  • English

Scholarly/Research-based poster presentations:

Bryan Kettlewell.

  • Structured Peer Feedback in the CSU Middle School Outreach Ensemble
  • Top Scholar
  • $500 award
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School, Music, Theatre, and Dance

College of Natural Sciences CNS Top Scholars Award.

College of Natural Sciences logo

CNS Graduate Student Research Award.


Alisha Shah.

Hot Bugs, Cold Bugs: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change
  • Hot Bugs, Cold Bugs: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Biology

Sarah Bollinger.

  • New Approaches to Study Ubiquitin, the "Molecular Kiss of Death
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Crystal Vander Zanden.

  • 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine Impacts Holliday Junction Structure and Stability
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Andrew Martinolich.

  • Reactivity, Polymorphism, and Kinetic Intermediates in Solid State Melathesis Reactions
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Chemistry

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Awards.

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences logo

CVMBS values discovery and celebrates development of the skill set to advance knowledge with original research. Our mission is to help animals, people and the planet through restorative and preventive strategies for the health of these systems – a One Health perspective. This award recognizes promise in a research student in developing the skills to advance knowledge.


Rachel West.

  • Lin28B Regulation of Mammalian Trophoblast Cells
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences

Luisa Nieto Ramirez.

  • Immune Response Against Mycobacterium Tuberculosis after Acquisition of Isoniazid Resistance
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Micorbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

CVMBS realizes that the value of higher education is realized in faculty and students designing unique ways to advance the knowledge and skills of students. Many students engage impactful service learning, library research, limited scope inquiry or internships to realize their higher education goals. This award recognizes achievement in students who are realizing higher education goals via paths other than thesis-based research.

Phillip Knabenbauer.

  • Establishment and Systematic Characterization of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Bioreactors
  • Top Scholar
  • $250 award
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Micorbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Warner College of Natural Resources Awards.

Warner College of Natural Resources logo

Warner Top Scholars.


Casey Setash.

Cinnamon Teal Breeding and Population Ecology
  • Cinnamon Teal Breeding and Population Ecology
  • Top Scholar
  • $500 award
  • Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Mark Peterson.

  • Neonatal Mule Deer Survival and Natural Gas Development
  • Top Scholar
  • $500 award
  • Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Nikki Seymour.

  • Thermal Evolution of Continental Rifting in Corsica (France)
  • Top Scholar
  • $500 award
  • Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Geosciences