2022 Scholarship Awards.

Fall 2022 Graduate Student Showcase scholarships are published below.

Distinction in Creativity Award.

Creative Disciplines Poster

The Distinction in Creativity award is presented collaboratively 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.

Scholarship Awards.

1st place:
$250 award
  • Jake Friedman - English
2nd place:
$150 award
  • C Culbertson - English
Honorable mention:
$150 award
  • Chase Cate - English

Great Minds in Research Award.

Research Disciplines Poster

The Great Minds in Research award is presented collaboratively 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.

Scholarship Awards.

1st place:
$250 award
  • Emma Rettner - School of Advanced Materials Discovery
2nd place:
$150 award
  • Erica Patterson - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Honorable mention:
Ten $100 awards
  • Abby Otten - School of Advanced Materials Discovery
  • Rachel Brady - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Sohaib Habiballah - Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Bri Risk - Food Science & Human Nutrition
  • Daniel Sanchez - Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Omar Yanouri - Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neuroscience
  • Skylar Yu - Psychology
  • Joseph Stewart - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Bayley Wade - Health and Exercise Science
  • Abhishek Bhattacharjee - School of Advanced Materials Discovery

Business for a Better World 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 Business for a Better World Award, the College is pleased to highlight outstanding scholarship from business graduate students.


1st place:
  • Joelle Friedlander - College of Business

Drivers of Innovation: The CSU STRATA.


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.


One $500 award
  • Ming-Hao Cheng - Electrical and Computer Engineering
One $250 award
  • Nipa Khair - School of Advanced Materials Discovery

Global Impact Award.

Office of International Programs

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.


Top Scholar
Three $400 awards
  • Siddharth Kishore - Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Matt Hyde - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
  • Clara Mosso - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

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 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 2021 or later), and four students will be selected, with each winning a $300 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.

Scholarship Awards.

Visual Arts Top Scholar:
$300 award
  • Seojung Lee - Art and Art History
Research Top Scholar:
Four $300 awards
  • Carter Dojan - School of Advanced Materials Discovery
  • Kinjal Chheda - Psychology
  • Erin Fitz - Political Science
  • Carina Donne - Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

CSU Writes: Written Excellence Award

The CSU Writes scholarship recognizes an outstanding title that reflects characteristics of excellent writing in its clarity, concision, structural alignment, and overall impression.

Scholarship Award.

Written Excellence:
$500 award
  • Arianna Basto Eyzaguirre - Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

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.

Scholarship Awards.

Performing Arts Top Scholar:
$125 award
  • Ben Pouncey - School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
Research Top Scholar:
Four $125 awards
  • Annie Campain - Food Science & Human Nutrition
  • Logan Dean - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Sydney Holmes - Food Science & Human Nutrition
  • Sophie Seward - Health and Exercise Science

College Specific Awards.

Top Scholars for University-Wide Graduate Programs

Graduate School logo

Presented and offered by the Graduate School and CSU Libraries.

Scholarship Awards.

1st Place:
$500 award
  • Valerie Seitz - Cell & Molecular Biology
2nd Place:
$300 award
  • Connor King - Cell & Molecular Biology
3rd Place:
$250 award
  • Kaz Knight - Cell & Molecular Biology

College of Agricultural Sciences Top Scholars Awards.

College of Agriculture logo

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


Top Scholar:
Three $500 awards
  • Brandon Sandoval - Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
  • Avery Driscoll - Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Srishti Gupta - Agricultural Biology

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.


Top Scholar:
  • Hillary Prince - College of Business

WSCOE Excellence in Research Award.

College of Engineering logo

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is proud to honor graduate students demonstrating research excellence and outstanding potential as a scholar.

Scholarship Awards.

Top Scholar:
Three $500 awards
  • Jacob DeRoo - School of Biomedical Engineering
  • Sam Winston - Mechanical Engineering
  • Kevin Barry - Atmospheric Science

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 five awards.

Scholarship Awards.

Excellence in Research and Scholarship:
Five $250 awards
  • Shivani Kaushik - School of Social Work
  • Aly Cavalier - Health and Exercise Science
  • Chris Patrick - Health and Exercise Science
  • Caitlin Clark - Food Science & Human Nutrition
  • Cristina Parsons - Occupational Therapy

College of Liberal Arts Awards.

College of Liberal Arts logo

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:

Scholarship Awards.

Top Scholar:
One $500 awards
  • Sumanma Wadhwa - Art and Art History

Scholarly/Research-based poster presentations:

Scholarship Awards.

Top Scholar:
Four $500 awards
  • Diane Powell - School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
  • Edward Sarasty Salazar - Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Riley Lynch - Anthropology and Geography
  • Michelle Matter - Communication Studies

College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award:

College of Natural Sciences logo

The College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award honors the scholarship of graduate students who exemplify the college’s commitment to cutting-edge research.

Scholarship Awards.

Outstanding Scholar:
Four awards of $500 each
  • Nathan Neisius - Chemistry
  • Shree Sowndarya Santhanalakkshmi Vejaykummar - Chemistry
  • Christina Cole - Mathematics
  • Ashleigh Zaker - Psychology

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Awards.

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences logo

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.

Scholarship Awards.

Top Scholar:
Five $500 awards
  • Natalie Wickenkamp - Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology
  • Hayley Templeton - Biomedical Sciences
  • Rachel Maison - Biomedical Sciences
  • Oshani Ratnayake -Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology
  • Emily Castellanos - Biomedical Sciences

Warner College of Natural Resources Award for Graduate Student Achievement.

Warner College of Natural Resources logo

Warner College of Natural Resources Award for Graduate Student Achievement: This award recognizes excellence in graduate student achievement and excellence in scholarship and research that sets the foundation for outstanding career-long contributions to the natural resources field.

Scholarship Awards.

Warner College Graduate Student Achievement Award
Three $500 awards
  • Anna Pfohl - Ecosystem Science & Sustainability
  • Maria Tiburcio Dias Belotti - Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
  • Josh Carrell - Forest & Rangeland Stewardship

GradShow Committee

Planning committee members:

  • Dr. Sonia Kreidenweis, Interim Dean
  • Dr. Kristina Quynn, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
  • Allie Alayan
  • Ludy Avalos
  • Dr. Theresa Barosh
  • Madison Colley
  • Allison DeWaele
  • Lynna Dicamillo
  • Alexa Jayne
  • Cathy Lee
  • Derek Newberger
  • Julie Paolucci

Graduate School Support:

  • Dr. Colleen Webb, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
  • Vincent Avalos
  • Sandy Dailey
  • Dustin Grantham
  • Brandon Fuller
  • Teresa McClure
  • Jennifer Wang
  • Marian Willis

Special Thanks to Presenters and Judges

Thank you for joining us at the GradShow. Special appreciation goes to all of the graduate students who presented, as this celebration would not be possible without your willingness to share your creative works and scholarship. An additional thank you to the judges who volunteered. Your time and efforts truly made all the difference in allowing us to recognize and celebrate graduate student excellence here on campus.

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.

2022 Discretionary Scholarship Awards.

All 2022 awards are provided in the form of Discretionary Scholarships and are acknowledged by the Office of Financial Aid as a resource to support the student’s cost-of-education. The addition of the scholarship could cause a student to have total financial aid in excess of their cost-of-education, which would adjust accordingly.