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Graduate Student Association Announces Award Winners

Saint Louis University's Graduate Student Association (GSA) has announced its award winners for the 2016-2017 academic year. The association also honored members of the SLU community for outstanding service, teaching and continuing research by graduate students.

In March, the GSA held its 23rd Annual Graduate Research Symposium, honoring the top papers and posters by University graduate students.

The winners were chosen from 116 paper and poster presentations from biological science, physical science, social science and humanities graduate programs. The symposium took place March 31.

The winning symposium papers were:
Biological Sciences
  • 1st Place - Katherine Stockstill, Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Medicine
  • 2nd Place - Caron Harada, Pharmacology & Physiology, School of Medicine
  • 3rd Place - Andrea Burr, Integrated & Applied Sciences, Center for Sustainability
Physical Sciences
  • 1st Place - Elizabeth Brennan, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology
  • 2nd Place - Muhammed Mustafa, Civil Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation & Technology
Humanities
  • 1st Place - Kathryn Polizzi, English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2nd Place - KJ Drake, Theological Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 3rd Place- Robert Johnson, Theology (Historical Theology Concentration), Theological Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
Social Sciences
  • 1st Place- Daphne Lew, Biostatistics, College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • 2nd Place - Yongsun Lim, Higher Education Administration /Educational Foundations, School of Education
  • 3rd Place - Eleanor Bergquist, College for Public Health and Social Justice
The poster winners were:
Biological Sciences
  • 1st Place - Rachel Brant, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2nd Place - Daniel Pike, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine
  • 3rd Place - Celine Hartman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine
Physical Sciences
  • 1st Place - Rio Febrian, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2nd Place - Miranda Adams, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 3rd Place - Thomas Campbell, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Social Sciences
  • 1st Place - Allison Davis, Geographic Information Science, Center for Sustainability
  • 2nd Place - Matthew Ellis, College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • 3rd Place - Matthew Witthaus, College for Public Health and Social Justice
Additional GSA Awards  

The GSA also awarded the annual Brennan and Recognition Awards, announcing the honors during the March symposium and at May's precommencement ceremonies. Those honored included:

Scott Sell, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, received the Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award.

Katherine Bendtsen, Center for Health Care Ethics, received the Graduate Student Teaching Award. Michelle Bach, also of the Center for Health Care Ethics, received the Graduate Student Service Award. 

Anne Farina, School of Social Work, and Cicely Hunter, American Studies, each received a Brennan Summer Fellowship Award for exam preparation. 

The following graduate students received Brennan fellowships to assist with thesis and dissertation research:

  • Katherine Hixon, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Bryan Winston, Department of History
  • Karen Smyth, Department of American Studies
  • Maimaiti Maimaitiyiming, Integrated Applied Science Program
  • Sara McMullin, Department of Psychology