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Washington State University Graduate School

2019 Graduate School

Evening of Excellence Awards


Honoring the Graduate School’s Best and Brightest Scholars

By Yue Huang

The Graduate School hosted the fifth annual Evening of Excellence on April 4, 2019 at the Courtyard Marriott in Pullman. Twenty-one graduate student scholarship recipients were recognized, as well as the recipient of the Graduate School Faculty Mentor Academy Award for Excellence.

More than 100 people attended this year’s Evening of Excellence, including WSU President Kirk H. Schulz, Dr. Noel Schulz, the Dean of the Graduate School Lisa Gloss, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education at Virginia Tech Dr. Karen DePauw, and awardees and their mentors and families.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the donors of the scholarship for their generosity in granting me this award,” said Tabitha Velasco, the awardee of the Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award. “I am grateful for the support that the award and the Graduate School have provided for graduate students to continue to serve their communities through research, scholarship, and public engagement.”

All student scholarship recipients were nominated by the deans of their colleges. The types of Graduate School scholarships and the criteria for each scholarship can be found on the Graduate School website.

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Dissertation Year Fellowship

Laura Ellyson, Anthropology
Courtney Benjamin, Education

Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities

Karl Krotke-Crandall, History
Rebecca Lindsey, Psychology

Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship

Amy Nusbaum, Psychology
Shi (Steve) Xu, Chemistry
Steven Hobaica. Psychology

Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship

Catherine Sumida, Psychology
Andrew Gillreath-Brown, Anthropology

Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award

Gregory Keiser, Psychology

Karen P. Depauw Leadership Award

Amy Nusbaum, Psychology
Tabitha Velasco, English

GPSA Excellence Awards

Bethany Fennell – Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor
Gihan Edirisinghe — Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor
Qusay Bkour – Outstanding Research Assistant
Rasool Mohebifard — Outstanding Research Assistant
Ernesto Martinez — Outstanding Teaching Assistant
Maryam Davaritouchae — Outstanding Teaching Assistant
Davi Kallman — Outstanding Graduate Assistant
Katie Reilly — Outstanding Graduate Assistant

Graduate School Mentor Academy Award for Excellence

Dr. Kwanhee Kim