Graduate Student Recognition


Graduate Student Recognition


Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
Description Award
2015 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award
The College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award is presented annually to a graduate student in the College of Engineering in recognition of the excellent quality of research carried out by that student.

The recipient of this award will receive a certificate and a cash award of $500, and be honored at the annual College-wide Graduate Student Recognition Event, typically held on the last Friday of April.


2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
The College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award is presented annually to a graduate student in the College of Engineering in recognition of special effectiveness in teaching undergraduates in a variety of settings.

The recipient of this award will receive a certificate and a cash award of $500, and be honored at the annual College-wide Graduate Student Recognition Event, typically held on the last Friday of April.


2015 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award
The College of Engineering Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award is presented annually to a graduate student in the College of Engineering in recognition of original work in the form of a Master’s thesis that has made an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.
The recipient of this award will receive a certificate and a cash award of $500, and be honored at the annual College-wide Graduate Student Recognition Event, typically held on the last Friday of April.


2015 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
The College of Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented annually to a graduate student in the College of Engineering in recognition of original work in the form of a doctoral dissertation that has made an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.

The recipient of this award will receive a certificate and a cash award of $500, and be honored at the annual College-wide Graduate Student Recognition Event, typically held on the last Friday in April.




We are proud of our award-winning graduate students!

National Awards

Graduate Fellowships
  • 2014-15 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship: Cory Kruse (MME)
  • 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Walter Bircher (MME), Daniel Geschwender (CSE)
  • 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Thomas Frederick (MME), Abby Kelly (BSE), Eric Markvicka (MME), Jodi Sangster (CIVE)
Assorted Awards

University Awards

  • 2015 UNL Folsom Distinguished Dissertation Award:  Philipp Kühne (EE)
  • 2015 UNL Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award: Yuchuan Shao (MME)
  • 2015 Nebraska Center for Materials & Nanoscience (NCMN) Fellowship: Yuchuan Shao (MME)
  • 2014-16 Great Plains Graduate Fellow: Jie Cheng (EE) 
  • 2014 UNL Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award: Yue Zhao (EE) 
  • 2013-14 Nebraska Presidential Scholar: Pradhumna Shrestha (CEEN) 

College Awards

Nebraska Engineering Recruitment Fellows
  • 2014-15: John Burdette Barker (BSE), Louis Cubrich (MME), Yehao Deng (Materials), Nicholas Johnson (CIVE), Sean Knight (EE), Najeeb Najeeb (CSE), Tyler Schmidt (CIVE), Pranav Shakya (CIVE), Steven Stauffer (CIVE), Malciej Surmiak (EE), Dicle Yalcin (EE)
  • 2013-14: John Davidson (MME), Bernard Frankl (CIVE), Ariel Kousgaard (AE), Erik Ross (MME), Sinan Sayood (EE), Katherine Smith (BSE)
J. A. Woollam Graduate Student Fellows
  • 2014-15: David Allendorfer (EE), Walter Bircher (MME), Ethan Davis (MME), William (Conner) Thomas (EE)
  • 2013-14: Christopher Rodenborg (MME), Taylor Stockdale (MME)
Milton Mohr Graduate Fellowships
  • 2014-15: Jiajia Chen (BSE); Steve Hayward (ChBE); Joonhee Lee (AE); Qinglei Ma (EE); Alyssa Mock (EE); Chase Pfeifer (MME); Sushanta Mohan Rakshit (CEEN); Linsey Rohe (AE); Saeed Rokooeisadabad (Construction); Daran Rudnick (BSE); Jonathan Brett Sallach (CIVE)
College of Engineering Graduate Poster Competition, UNL Spring Research Fair
  • 2014 First Honors: Abby Kelly (BSE), Tonqing Liu (EE)
  • 2014 Commendations: Mahmoud Elzouka (MME), Ehsan Nazerian (IMSE), Sushanta Mohan Rakshit (CEEN)
College of Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
  • 2014: Philipp Kuehne (EE)
College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • 2014: Beau Christ (CSE)
College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant
  • 2014: Jedrzej Kowalczuk (EE), Timothy Martin (BSE)
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