Awards.

Cash prizes of $16,700 in several categories.

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.


Cash Prizes.

1st place:
$250 award
Michelle LaCrosse
2nd place:
$150 award
Katherine Indermaur

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.


Cash Prizes.

1st place:
$250 award
Mohammadhasan Hedayati
2nd place:
$150 award
Colin Brook
Honorable mention:
Ten $100 awards
AJ Brown, Ari Porter, Max Schulze, Alyx Shigenaga, Jessica Baker, Colleen Watkins, Angela Hanna, Andrea Jenney, Jordan Koehn, Annalise Maughan

Founder's Award: Provided by Dr. Tammi Vacha-Haase.

Founder's Award

Dr. Tammi Vacha-Haase envisioned and was the driving force in creating the Graduate Student Showcase during her time as associate dean of the Graduate School. Her continued dedication to celebrating the scholarship of all graduate students and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration inspired the creation of the Founder’s Award. The award recognizes an exceptional graduate student who is forging a new path in research, creativity, or entrepreneurship.


Cash Prizes.

1st place:
$250 award
Taghreed Al Turki

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.


Cash Prizes.

1st place:
$500 award
Keni Herman

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.


Cash Prizes.

Platinum:
Two $500 awards
Michelle Mann, Subhojeet Mukherjee
Silver:
Two $250 awards
Cody Carrell, Michelle Fallon

Global Impact Award.

Office of International Programs

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


Global Research Award.

The Office of International Programs seeks to honor three 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.

Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
Three $350 awards
Cara Steger, Sneha Kadyan, Quy Khuc

Graduate Student Council: New 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 New Graduate Student Award in partnership with the Graduate School, is yet another way we can help these emerging scholars reach their full potential.

The New Graduate Student Award is available to all graduate students in the first three semesters of their graduate work (anyone who started Summer/Fall 2016 or later), and four 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 New Graduate Student Award will be judged by the GSC leadership team and our administrative advisors.


Cash Prizes.

Visual Arts Top Scholar:
$150 award
Lauren Faherty
Research Top Scholar:
Three $150 awards
Alex Fout, Hayley Blackburn, Daniel Goldschmidt

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.


Cash Prizes.

Visual Arts Top Scholar:
$125 award
Alexandra Forsythe
Research Top Scholar:
Three $125 awards
Claudia Solt, Hannah Love, Yusra Obeidat

College Specific Awards.

Top Scholars for University-Wide Graduate Programs.

Graduate School logo

Presented and offered by the Graduate School.


Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
Three $250 awards
Hailey Sedam, Ingrid Slette, Carolina Gutierrez

College of Agricultural Sciences Top Scholars Awards.

College of Agriculture logo

The College of Agricultural Sciences is proud to present the Top Scholar award.


Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
$500 award
Maggie Weinroth

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.


Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
$500 award
Callie Weldon

WSCOE Excellence in Research Award.

College of Engineering logo

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is proud to present the Excellence in Research Award.


Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
Three $250 awards
Nicole Opalinski, Naufal Razin, Blake Fullenwider

College of Health and Human Sciences Awards.

College of Health and Human Sciences logo

The College of Health and Human Sciences is pleased to provide three Excellence in Research and Scholarship awards and one Excellence in Creativity award.


Cash Prizes.

Excellence in Research and Scholarship:
Four $250 awards
Dustin Lee, Ariana Garcia, Jimikaye Courtney, Micah Battson

College of Liberal Arts Awards.

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


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

Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
Two $500 awards
Emily Sullivan, Kyle Singer

Scholarly/Research-based poster presentations:

Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
Two $500 award
Ray Sumner, Laura Beese

College of Natural Sciences CNS Top Scholars Award.

College of Natural Sciences logo

CNS Graduate Student Research Award.


Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
Four $500 awards
Kari Ecklund, Chris Hosier, Heather Rubin, Megan Neufeld

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Awards.

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CVMBS Top Scholar Awards


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.

Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
Three $500 awards
Lance Li Puma, Ashley Janich, Matt Bowers

Warner College of Natural Resources Awards.

Warner College of Natural Resources logo

Warner Top Scholars.


Cash Prizes.

Top Scholar:
Three $500 awards
Cat de Vlaming, Skyler Mavor, Nikki Seymour

Awards Subject to Change

While we do our best to provide correct and current information regarding the award categories and amounts, occasionally this information may change. All awards and award amounts are subject to change.

Tax Requirements for Awards.

If you are a Graduate Assistant or other employee at CSU, the award amount will be added to your paycheck and subjected to normal tax Withholdings and paid on the usual payday.