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Graduate Student Awards

Each year, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering honor their graduate students through the Graduate Student Awards. The awards celebrate outstanding graduate student achievement in areas such as academic performance, research, student leadership, community service and citizenship, and contributions to undergraduate education. Click here for a list of this year's winners.

Previous Award Winners:
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008

Questions about the awards can be sent to Kim Ruth Ellwood at kim.ellwood@tufts.edu or 617.627.3106.

A full listing and description of each Graduate Student Award is included below:

Leadership, Public Service, and Mentoring Awards
(the following awards are for arts, sciences, and engineering graduate students or faculty)

  • The Robert P. Guertin Graduate Student Leadership Award
    This award recognizes outstanding graduate student leadership in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, or engineering. Evidence of nominees' leadership may include accomplishments in such areas as academic or social programming, curricular initiatives, supporting the work and lives of fellow students, community service, and/or developing improved policies. Nominees may be individuals or groups.

  • Rob Hollister Award for Community Service and Citizenship
    This award recognizes graduate students who have contributed their time and effort to the community outside of Tufts. This contribution could be in the form of volunteer work, activism in community issues, or participation in public service activities. Nominees may be individuals or groups of students enrolled in either the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering.

  • Faculty Teaching and Mentoring
    This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding support of a graduate student (or graduate students) from course completion through research and post-degree placement. Two awards are given each year, one recognizing a faculty member in Arts and Sciences and one recognizing a faculty member in Engineering.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Awards
(the following awards are for arts and sciences graduate students only)

  • Outstanding Academic Performance
    Master's level: This award recognizes students' overall academic achievement, as evidenced by course grades, quality of papers, theses and projects in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences.
    Ph.D. level: This award recognizes students' overall academic achievement, as evidenced by course grades, quality of papers, theses and projects in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences.

  • Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education
    This award recognizes excellence as a teaching assistant or in other roles such as mentoring undergraduates for students in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences.

School of Engineering Awards
(the following awards are for engineering graduate students only)

  • Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education
    This award is focused on full-time graduate students who through TA work, voluntary service, and/or other activities have enhanced significantly the education programs of the department.

  • Outstanding Graduate Researcher
    Master's level: This award is focused on full-time, thesis program students who have distinguished themselves in research, especially technical publication.
    Ph.D. level: This award is focused on full-time, thesis program students who have distinguished themselves in research, especially technical publication.

  • Gordon Institute Outstanding Student Award
    This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated superior academic performance and outstanding leadership in the Master of Science in Engineering Management program.

Departmental Awards

  • Mary Ann Mulcahy Service in Education Award
    The Department of Education and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service created this award to honor a graduate student completing the M.A.T. middle and high school teacher licensure program who has demonstrated a strong commitment to both public service and effective classroom practice in the field experience portion of their program. Learn more >

  • The Marjorie B. Greene Award in Occupational Therapy
    This award is made to an occupational therapy graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of leadership and involvement in student and professional activities. Ms. Greene was one of the founders of the Boston School of Occupational Therapy in 1918. She was a pioneer in occupational therapy and a leader in OT state and national organizations. Learn more >

  • The Joy Ann Greisen Scholarship – Department of Occupational Therapy
    The Joy Ann Greisen Scholarship was created in 1999 in accordance with the wishes of Joy Ann Sambur Griesen after a nine-year battle with breast cancer. In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Greisen's husband and sons established the scholarship to enable students who demonstrate financial need to attend the Boston School of Occupational Therapy. Learn more >

  • The Bekenstein Family Endowment – Department of Occupational Therapy
    The Bekenstein Family Endowment was established in 2005 by Anita and Josh Bekenstein. The award is presented to Occupational Therapy students for support. Awards are rewarded to students based on academic standing and students who demonstrate financial need. These students also demonstrate a trajectory for leadership in the profession. Learn more >

  • Sarah Plummer Memorial Prize
    The Sarah Plummer Memorial Prize is awarded annually to a graduate student or students who demonstrate a deep commitment to the field of classical archaeology or classical studies; to the Tufts University Department of Classics; and to the broader community. Learn more >

  • Rhonda Saad Graduate Prize
    The Rhonda Saad Graduate Prize recognizes a graduating master's student in art history or art history/museum studies for outstanding academic excellence, as well as related achievement in teaching, research, museum work, or community involvement. The award is established in memory of Rhonda Saad, G08, with the generous assistance of Rhonda's classmates. A scholar of Islamic Art, pursuing a Ph.D. at the time of her death, Saad was a cherished student, teacher, colleague, and friend whose zest and optimism profoundly impacted the lives and work of all those around her. Learn more >

  • Professor Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama
    The Professor Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama is awarded annually to a Ph.D. student in drama who has completed all the requirements for the degree except the dissertation; who has demonstrated distinction academically and in research; and who has contributed to the life of the program in an outstanding manner. The prize was established by alumni, colleagues, and friends in honor of Kalman A. Burnim, emeritus Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory and Tufts alumnus (A50), who created the Ph.D. program in drama. During his twenty-eight years at Tufts, Professor Burnim chaired the department for nine years and earned his reputation as a world-renowned scholar in theatre history. Learn more >

  • The Eliot-Pearson Doctoral Research Practice Integration Award
    The award is given to the student whose accomplishments in scholarship and applied work has demonstrated the most potential to foster the integration of research and practice. Learn more >

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