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Senior Awards Ceremony 2020

Each May, Newcomb-Tulane College recognizes students who, by achieving academic excellence, embody the highest goals of the institution. Prizes are awarded by the appropriate departmental and college committees and are typically presented at a special Senior Awards Ceremony held during commencement weekend. This year, we've created a video to celebrate you from afar. Congrats and we're proud of you! More about the Awards Ceremony and awards.

The full ceremony video is only 35 minutes long and includes the Peery Society (the College's top academic honor). We've also broken up the ceremony by school if you'd prefer to watch a shorter video.

 

Dean's Service Award

Each year we also recognize the graduating Newcomb-Tulane College Student Staff that went above and beyond during their service to the College and helped us meet our mission of an exceptional undergraduate education.

 

Senior Honors Scholars

Departments across the five schools select one or two students as a Senior Honors Scholar, those who wrote the very best Honors Thesis and made significant contributions to their field of study. Scholars and their thesis titles can also be found on the Honors website.

 

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Award Winners

Winners are arranged by School or College and then by last name. Be sure to check all schools you are graduating from as well as Newcomb-Tulane College as several students received more than one award. Watch the video to hear messages of congratulations from the Deans!

School of Architecture 

Abby Renee Boedigheimer - AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate

For more than a century, the AIA has provided a medal of excellence to graduating students in National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited schools. The award is named in honor of Henry Adams, a historian, journalist, and scholar who donated the royalties from his book Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres to the AIA.  This award is selected by the faculty on the basis of academic excellence.  This year’s recipient is Abby Boedigheimer. Abby will graduate at the top of her class with both the highest cumulative and design GPA.

Keristen Unique Edwards - Alpha Rho Chi Medal

The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded by this national architecture fraternity each year to a graduating student on the basis of leadership, service to the School and professional promise as indicated by the student's attitude and personality. Keristen Unique Edwards was chosen for this award due to her strong leadership skills which have been exemplified in her ongoing leadership and active participation in student organizations.

Ana Rebeca Chu Noriega - John William Lawrence Memorial Medal

The John William Lawrence Memorial Medal was instituted in 1971 to honor a former Dean of the school and is presented by the faculty of the School to the fifth-year student for design excellence. This year's recipient is Ana Rebecca Chu Noriega.  Ana has excelled in the design studio, and her commitment to the rigor and thoughtfulness of design has been recognized by their peers and faculty.

Freeman School of Business 

Quincy Toland Alves - Bachelor of Science in Management Scholastic Achievement Award 
Quincy Toland Alves - Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award 
Kirra Louise Berger - Bachelor of Science in Management Scholastic Achievement Award 
Tessa M. Curry  - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award 
Kendall Madison Gardner - Bachelor of Science in Management Scholastic Achievement Award 
Kendall Madison Gardner - Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award
Kendall Madison Gardner - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award 
Kelly Ann Gindhart - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award 
Addison Price Greening - Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award
Addison Price Greening - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award
Olivia Rose Johnson  - Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award
Michael Jr.  - TABA Service Award 
Joshua Steven Lacoste - Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award
Joshua Steven Lacoste - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award
Julia Elizabeth Liquori  - Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award
Yinchen Liu - Wall Street Journal Award
Xuanwei Liu - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award
Louis Jeffery Long - Wall Street Journal Award
Miles Patrick Russo - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award
Breanna Dielle Self - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award
Michael Stephen Sepcich Jr. - Tulane Association of Business Alumni Service Award
Rachel Elizabeth Wells - Bachelor of Science in Management Dean's Service Award
Sarah Katherine Zimmerman - Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award
Andrew Shea Zuckerman - Wall Street Journal Award

School of Liberal Arts 

John Harris Alexander - Environmental Studies Sustainability Leadership Award

The Environmental Studies Sustainability Leadership Award is presented to John. John has been actively engaged in sustainability work since joining Tulane. His award-winning energy-saving idea was implemented in residence halls university-wide. He was instrumental in constructing an outdoor classroom, implementing a 15-cent plastic bag ban, overseeing the installation of bicycle repair stations and bike racks, water bottle refill stations, and bioswales and bioretention areas. He is known for his ability to turn student voices into action and inspires his fellow classmates to do the same.

Graham Andreae - The Award for Service to the Literary Community

Graham is the recipient of the Award for Service to the Literary Community. Graham receives this award for his work at the Tulane Review, which has grown into his acceptance in the prestigious Columbia Publishing Course.

Josh Daniel Axelrod - Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award

Josh impressed us all with his all-around dedication to Jewish Studies. He excels as a writer and a thinker, making important contributions to class discussions and to Jewish scholarship. We have no doubt that he will excel as a journalist, or in whatever field he pursues.

Josh Daniel Axelrod - Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Josh completed a triple major in Political Economy, English, and Jewish Studies while maintaining an overall GPA over 3.9 and a major GPA of 3.9.

Darrah Siam Fox Bach - Outstanding Honors Thesis in Environmental Studies

Darrah is awarded for her Outstanding Honors Thesis in Environmental Studies. Darrah’s thesis, "Getting Our Feet Wet: Flash Flooding Dynamics in New Orleans and the Neighborhood Response," is a geographical and environmental justice analysis of flooding dynamics across neighborhoods in New Orleans. For this project, Darrah gathered primary survey data from neighborhood organizations in the New Orleans metro area which she then pairs with demographic data to understand the associations linking civic action, environmental crises, and relevant socioeconomic indicators. 

Derby Elizabeth Belser - The Senior Achievement Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing

Derby is the recipient of the Senior Achievement Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing. In the words of Professor Karisma Price: "What I admired most about her work was her use of sound in her poetry and how the rhythm guided the content. Over the course of the semester, I saw how much she came into her own original voice and I'd compare her lyric poetry to jazz in a sense that they give witness and new life to a moment, and her poems are not worried about keeping total control or strict structure."

Derby Elizabeth Belser - Sarah I. Nadler Award

Derby graduates with a BFA degree in Music Composition. In addition to writing original music, she has a long-standing interest in writing arrangements, particularly for vocal ensembles. Derby is also doing research on musical and extra musical reasons for popularity of certain songs. Her interests are reflected in her honors thesis: "How to Write the Perfect Christmas Song: A Study of the Aural Crystallization of the Ideals, Emotions, and Practiced Accompanying the Christmas Season". Derby will pursue her graduate studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Mary Frances Berg - The Hispano-American Studies Award

Mary graduates from Tulane as the model of an outstanding Spanish major, having also completed studies at the Institute for Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Hispano-American Studies award is a tribute to her fluency in the Spanish language as well as the enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity she has devoted to literary and cultural works ranging from medieval Iberian epic to contemporary Latin American film. A double major in Spanish and Political Economy, with a highly developed interest in the ties between literature and globalization, Mary exemplifies the best qualities of a rising interdisciplinary scholar. Her 3.963 cumulative GPA attests to her excellence and achievement in both curricula.

Mary Frances Berg - Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Mary is a double major in Spanish and achieved a major GPA over 3.9 as well as an overall GPA over 3.9.

Nketiah Berko - Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Nketiah is a double major in Political Science and a Philosophy minor and achieved a remarkable academic record with a grade of A in every course but one for an overall GPA of 3.98. He was chosen to represent our program at the National Undergraduate PPE Colloquium at Duke University.

Zachary Nicholas Bisconti - Robert Wauchope Award for Excellence in Anthropology

The Robert Wauchope Award for Excellence in Anthropolgy is presented to Zachary. He takes a broad approach to anthropology and has particular interests in the study of archaeology and human evolution. He has excelled in coursework covering a variety of topics such as primatology, paleopathology, climate change and human evolution, environmental anthropology, medical anthropology, monuments and past societies, and human resilience and response to catastrophe and crisis.

Zachary Nicholas Bisconti - Italian Government Prize

The Italian Government Prize is awarded to Zach. As an Italian major, Zach demonstrated a deep interest in the history of Sicilian immigration to New Orleans.  For his service-learning conversation class, he transcribed oral histories for the American Italian Cultural Center. Partly in Sicilian dialect, the histories gave Zach the opportunity to explore his own ancestral origins. Impressed by his work, the AICC offered him an internship. Zach also worked as an Italian tutor, a service that greatly benefitted our students

Robin Boch - The French Government Prize

The French Government Prize is presented to Robin. Robin is a wonderfully motivated and dynamic student. Eager to learn and passionate about the French language and culture, she exudes positive energy, excels at teamwork and oral performance. She also devotes time and effort to enhance her language skills and gain work experience in French through extracurricular activities and internships. Always enthusiastic and engaged, she is an unreserved Francophile and a delightful presence in the classroom.

Molly Illyse Bookoff - Ephraim Lisitzky Award

Molly is a wonderful Jewish Studies student who put her heart into her work and contributed wonderfully to classes.

Emma Margaret Bossier - The Louis Bush Medal

Emma is awarded the Louis Bush Medal. No matter which fictional text or secondary source, with a big smile on her face, Emma was always ready to read, discuss and analyze. No text was too difficult or too complex. She was always ready to be challenged and to learn more. Due to her good command of the French language, her participation in class exceeded those of her classmates, and her written expression was always well developed and profound.

Isabel Elena Bowman - Luso-Brazilian Studies Prize

Isabel graduates with a dual degree in Public Health and Spanish and Portuguese. As a Brazilian-American, Isabel entered the program with advanced proficiency in the Portuguese language. During her years at Tulane, she took numerous advanced courses in Brazilian literary and cultural studies. Brilliant, generous, and perpetually curious, Isabel was a tremendous intellectual leader in the classroom. She wrote highly original and insightful final papers, including a fascinating study of gender and sexuality in the work of contemporary Brazilian writer, Regina Rheda.

Matthew Luke Brown - Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Matthew is a dual degree double major in Business and Political Economy and a member of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business. He achieved a GPA over 3.9 both overall and in the major.

Ellen Claire Callais - The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics

The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics is presented to Ellen. The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics is given to the student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics majors. Ellen has an outstanding record at Tulane University, and has earned an overall GPA of 4.0 in her years at Tulane.  She is most deserving of the Tanner Award.

Andrew Jan Cerise - The Montgomery History Award 

Andrew is awarded the Montgomery History Award in recognition of his overall excellence by the department.  He was also selected as our Senior Scholar for the Honors Program for his well-written and well-researched thesis, “The All-American: An Examination of the Political Career of Louisiana Congressman F. Edward Hébert.”

Sonali Sita Chadha - The Pi Sigma Alpha Award

Sonali wrote a great honors thesis on the inequity of school finance. She compared the states across different methods of funding public education to give policy recommendations about how states ought to fund schools to maximize equity.

Gregory Vincent Chauvin - The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics

The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics is presented to Gregory. The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics is given to the student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics majors. Gregory has an outstanding record at Tulane University, and has earned an overall GPA of 4.0 in his years at Tulane.  He is most deserving of the Tanner Award.

Jack Ethan Cherny - The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics

The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics is presented to Jack. The Paul Tulane Award in Economics is given to the male student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics majors. Jack has an outstanding record at Tulane University, and has earned an overall GPA of 3.989 in his years at Tulane.  He is most deserving of the Paul Tulane Award.

Antigone Rose Marie Clark - The Judah Touro Medal Prize

Antigone is awarded the Judah Touro Medal Prize. Antigone's passion for the ancient languages is infectious, and her fluency is at a level much higher than her peers. Over time, she has become a leader in the classroom, initiating ideas for projects and helping her classmates improve their own language skills. Not only that, but she is an effective advocate for Classical Studies outside of the university classroom, and her enthusiastic and joyful approach to the material made it come alive for New Orleans elementary students in service-learning classes and volunteering work.

Holly Angelle Clark - Russian Book Prize for Achievement in Russian Language

Holly is an outstanding student who is triple majoring in Russian, Linguistics, and History with a minor in Native American Studies. Holly combines her passion for studying languages with her advocacy work on the preservation of indigenous languages, such as Kabardian (Circassian dialect in the North Caucasus, Russia) and the Tunica language, right here in Louisiana. In Fall 2019, Holly also successfully completed the CIEE Russian Language Studies Program in St. Petersburg.  

Rachel Elizabeth Cline - Henry Stern Prize Paper in Art History

Rachel is awarded the Henry Stern Prize Paper in Art History.  Rachel’s outstanding paper, “‘She Lives in Vice’: Depreciation of Aztec Cultural Practices Through Images of the Auiani and Noblewomen in the Florentine Codex,” investigates the visual and textual descriptions of Aztec women found in the monumental encyclopedia of Bernardino de Sahagún, revealing how Sahagún’s artists framed female identities by drawing on imagery from both the indigenous and European traditions. Rachel dug deep into the specialist literature with keen insight and crafted a well-supported argument that raises our understanding of the cultural mediation between Aztecs and Europeans in early colonial Mexico.

Molly Frances Cohn - Latin American Studies Prize

Molly has been on the Dean's List every semester since she has been at Tulane and will graduate with two majors (Spanish and Sociology) and on the pre-med track. She worked with many immigrants teaching them English and helping them assimilate into U.S. culture.  What most impresses us about this remarkable individual is the ease and eloquence with which she combines her interests in music, dance, cinema, literature and the sciences. Due to her broad academic interests and outstanding intellectual background, Molly has enormous personal and professional potential. Her maturity, intelligence, sensitivity, knowledge of other cultures, discipline and her community work mark her as a student any university would be fortunate to have.

Emma Marks Conroy - Juanita Gonzales Memorial Fund in Ceramics 

Emma has distinguished herself as a BFA student, presenting a successful thesis exhibition that investigates the individual's relationship to vulnerability, risk and power. Working in ceramics and glass, Emma has developed exciting new sculptures that reference organic forms such as spines and bones, suggesting structures that are dynamic and simultaneously fragile and menacing,  Emma's thoughtful work process reveals her long term commitment to visual art, and her interest in a dialog with a wide range of viewers. Her positive outlook and willingness to share information and help her colleagues, contribute to make her this years outstanding candidate for the Juanita Gonzales Memorial prize in Ceramics.

Rosalia Costa - Italian Government Prize

The Italian Government Prize is awarded to Rosalis. Rosalia has consistently showed an enthusiastic interest in Italian language and culture. She actively participated in the Italian Table as a major organizer. Being of Italian descent, she has always enriched class discussion and the Italian Table meetings with her first-hand familiarity of the Italian culture. She demonstrated great progress in mastering the language after a year of study abroad in Bologna and continued cultivating with more advanced classes at Tulane.

Victoria N Costa - Italian Government Prize

The Italian Government Prize is awarded to Victoria. Starting with Elementary Italian, Victoria has always shown a strong motivation in studying Italian language and culture. As an Italian descendent, she is proud of her origins, which she cultivated through regular visits to her Italian side of the family. After returning from her junior year abroad with an impressive mastery of the language, she eagerly contributed to the Italian program, working as a tutor for other undergraduates and organizer for the Italian Table.

Faye Catherine Daigle - Pierce Butler Prize for Excellence in English

The Pierce Butler Prize for Excellence in English is awarded to Faye. Faye is an outstanding student, notable for her intellectual curiosity, complexity of thought, close reading skills, ability to draw connections between different readings and different classes she has taken, theoretical and literary critical sophistication, ability to think on her feet, generous participation in class discussion, and ability to formulate ambitious, nuanced arguments. Her ideas are complex but also always substantive and genuinely thought through. She comes off more like a graduate than an undergraduate student.

Faye Catherine Daigle - Class of 1903 Shakespeare Prize for the Best Shakespearean Essay by a Woman

Faye is the recipient of the Class of 1903 Shakespeare Prize for the Best Shakespearean Essay by a Woman. Faye is receiving this year's Shakespeare Prize for her ambitious and nuanced essay “’O Trespass Sweetly Urged!’: Private Love and the Civic Imagination in Romeo and Juliet.”

Alexandra Blaze D'Amico - The Alcée Fortier Prize

Blaze is awarded the Alcee Fortier Prize. Blaze is a very engaged and inquisitive student, whose oral and written French is extremely impressive. Her professors describe her as an outstanding extemporaneous speaker, who demonstrates an impressive breadth of knowledge. She is always a stimulating contributor to class discussion.

Alexandra Blaze D'Amico - The Oscar Maas Prize

The Oscar Maas Prize is awarded to Blaze.The award recognizes exceptional essays written in French. By examining the increasingly relevant notion of the “border,” Blaze’s exemplary essay revisits complex philosophical and sociological questions ranging from binary dichotomies, state violence, and the meaning and status of citizenship. This is an enlightened and enlightening reflection on the border’s centrality in conceptions of individual and group identity, in our perception of others and our understanding of what connects and separates us. Beyond a purely theoretical rumination, Blaze offers her readers an erudite, trenchant, and invigorating argument that encourages nuance and aesthetic engagement in an age of ready-made ideas and untruths.

Claire McGregor Demorest - The Chi Omega Prize in History 

Claire is awarded the Chi Omega Prize in History in recognition of her overall excellence by the department.  The department highly praised her honors thesis, “The Parliament and the President: A Comparative Study of English and American Democracies, and the Systems of Representative Government in Nineteenth Century Reform.”

Claire McGregor Demorest - The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize

Writing an honors thesis jointly in History and Political Science, Claire chose a grandly scaled comparative project. Interested in investigating the practice of democratic politics in parliamentary versus presidential government, she began her study with a history of the development of democracy in the British and U.S. political systems. She then used these institutional variables to compare the progress and success. Her findings have important implications for the understanding of how institutional factors shape political development as well as for the broader project of democratic reform in the U.S. 

Naomi Beetlestone Detre - The Dan W. Mullins Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre Production

With a brilliant mind, a dedicated spirit, and undeniable talent, Naomi has proved themself a true theatre artist and an indispensable collaborator time and again. Naomi brings a sense of wonder and whimsy to design work, and an infectious enthusiasm to all their endeavors.

Rachel Lenee Devine - Elizabeth "Lib" Delery for Outstanding Dance Student

From her first days at Tulane, the dance faculty recognized that Rachel was an exceptionally talented and beautiful dancer. During her four years, Rachel proved to be, not only a passionate performer, but an excellent dance student, committed to her studies and service to the department. Rachel is an outstanding dance student!

Eva Lodge Dils - Murphy Institute Public Service Award

In their time at Tulane, Eva has been a tireless fighter for social justice and representational rights. They are the founder of the Tulane Voter Engagement Coalition, and they served on the leadership team for Students Organizing Against Racism. They also served the broader community with internships at YouthForce NOLA and the Alliance for Affordable Energy.

Eva Lodge Dils - Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Eva achieved an overall GPA over 3.9 and wrote an outstanding honors thesis. They also won a Tulane 34 Award, the Murphy Institute Public Service Award, and they were named a Senior Honors Scholar in Political Economy.

Jackson S. Faulkner - The Montgomery History Award 

Jackson is awarded the Montgomery History Award in recognition of his overall excellence by the department.  Multiple history faculty have praised his work as sophisticated and well-argued.  He also crafted a top-notch honors thesis for the department. 

Jackson S. Faulkner - The Charles Till Davis Prize for Excellence in European History

Jackson is awarded this prize for his paper “Not One Who Isn’t Irish”: Anti-Irish Discourse and Systematic Bias in The Old Bailey.” Jackson took on the argument by Peter King that there was not much anti-Irish bias in 18th-century English courts.  He pointed out that King had looked only at punishment but to ascertain bias, you should examine what the jury saw when they looked at an Irish man or woman in the dock.  

Julia Christina Ferro - The Ernest Henry Riedel Classical Studies Prize

The Ernest Henry Riedel Classical Studies Prize is awarded to Julia. Julia is a driven and curious student. She has a keen sensitivity to primary sources of all types, and a knack for finding exactly the places to probe in order to reveal deeper significance. She has demonstrated a genuine interest and desire to use material culture not as a goal in itself but as a means to find the people behind it, understand their choices, and learn from them. This approach made her stand out among our students.

Lauren Elizabeth Gaines - The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication

The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication in presented to Lauren. Lauren has distinguished herself by combining an outstanding academic performance with a strong service record to communities in the field of Communication. She is a dedicated scholar who has done exemplary work for our communities, including her volunteer work at the Women’s Policy Division of the Louisiana Office of the Governor. In that capacity, Lauren played a leading role in sexual violence prevention and response across Louisiana college campuses. We commend her for her academic and service achievements.

Kendall Madison Gardner - The Anthony F. and Mary Anne Corasaniti Award in Political Science

Kendall wrote a superb research paper on Saudi Arabia’s recent intervention in Yemen in a course on Middle East Security.  She then spent her junior year studying both in Paris and in Jordan, bring her French up to fluency and putting considerable polish on her Arabic.  She also spent the summers before and after her junior year working as an intern on the Afghanistan desk in the State Department.  She has spent most of her senior year writing her honors thesis on US policy toward Afghanistan, based partly on her experience at the State Department.

Kendall Madison Gardner - The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science

The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science goes to the female with the highest scholastic average in the major. Kendall Gardner graduates with a 4.0 GPA in the major.

Jacob P. Gartenstein - Sarah I. Nadler Award

For the last four years Jacob has been a centering presence in the Music Department’s Jazz Performance program and an adventurous member of the Music Science and Technology area.  He is a prolific band leader performing professionally in many venues around New Orleans in his own and numerous other bands.  Additionally, he recently presented a commissioned audio-visual project at the NASA Human Investigators Workshop with other Tulane Collaborators.

Abby Paige Goldstein - Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award

Abby is a wonderful student who has deep understanding about Jewish history and culture; very impressive.

Fiona Aiko Grathwohl - The Eamon Kelly Prize

Given to the student in International Development who, in the judgment of the faculty, best reflects the values of leadership and academic rigor in development that Dr. Kelly's life work exemplifies.

Jonathan Herbert Gutmann - Outstanding Scholar in Linguistics

Jonathan receives the Outstanding Scholar in Linguistics Award because of his spectacular achievements. In all his courses, his research is always creative, analytical, and thorough in breadth. Furthermore. Jonathan easily distinguished himself as an engaging student. His thoughtful contributions to class discussion and his ability to motivate his peers are truly impressive.

Jonathan Herbert Gutmann - Iberian Studies Prize

Jonathan graduates with a dual degree in Linguistics and Spanish & Portuguese with minors in Political Science and Religious Studies, with a cumulative GPA of 3.968. In 2017, he received a FLAS grant through the U.S. Department of Education to study Portuguese in Brazil and attended a six-week summer immersion program through Tulane at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. Having mastered both Spanish and Portuguese, he excelled in Iberian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Luso-Brazilian Studies. All of the professors who have worked with Jonathan agree that it was a delight to have him in class. He is a true intellectual leader. He is currently working on an honor’s thesis that uses Information Theory to examine lexical choice and eventually plans to pursue an advanced degree in Linguistics and then work for the U.S. government.

Olivia Rose Hatton - Italian Government Prize

The Italian Government Prize is awarded to Olivia. Throughout the course of her language instruction at Tulane, Olivia has shown an incredible work ethic and commitment to the Italian program amid her very busy work schedule in her other major in Neurosciences. She masters Italian grammar with proficiency, her essays on Italian literature were beautifully written, and she demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues at stake in complex texts, as well as appreciation of the finest details.

Nina Isabella Harris - The Class of 1935 - Ned Putzell Memorial Prize

Nina created Stitch-It to the Patriarchy, a student-run group that designs, creates, and sells eco-friendly clothing with a feminist message.  Since COVID-19, Stitch-It has helped collect and donate over 1700 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank and raised over $5000 for Second Harvest. 

Noah Hazzard - Milton Latter Award for Best All-Around Contriburtion

Noah’s contributions to the department over the past four years are hard to quantify. An actor, director, writer, producer, and musician, Noah is a truly multi-faceted theatre artist. He’s made us laugh with his comedy skills, moved us to tears in drama, blew our minds with his musicianship, and saved the day with his technical skills. His talent is matched by his professionalism and kindness. A born leader who is also generous collaborator, Noah will be deeply missed by the entire department but we look forward to celebrating his successes in the years to come.

Olivia Grace Henderson - The Lydia Frotscher Award for Best Undergraduate Essay

Olivia is the recipient of the Lydia Frotscher Award for Best Undergraduate Essay. Olivia wrote a fantastic essay, "Deafness, Sexuality, and Chaucer," discussing disability studies in connection with Chaucer's The Wife of Bath earlier this semester in a survey of early British literature course, and she has written terrific papers consistently in all of her courses in her English major.

Olivia Grace Henderson - Medieval and Early Modern Studies Prize
Cade A. Herman - The Jonathan E. Lorino Memorial Award

Cade is presented with the Jonathan Lorino Memorial Award. Cade is bright, highly dedicated, extremely conscientious, and hardworking. His performance in his French-language classes has been consistently outstanding. A meticulous student with an impeccable work ethic, he completes all assignments with great care and close attention to detail. Cade combines intellectual curiosity and cross-cultural awareness with a superior command of French language. His contributions to class discussions are very insightful and reflect a deep learning approach. 

Cade A. Herman - The Oscar Maas Prize 

The Oscar Maas Prize is awarded to Cade. The award recognizes exceptional essays written in French. Through close readings of Paul Éluard’s beloved poem “Liberté,” Cade’s deftly argued paper sets for itself the ambitious objective of redrawing the boundaries of Jean-Paul Sartre’s concept of “engaged literature.” The result is nothing short of revelatory: through a nuanced, well-informed analysis of the mechanisms of poetic expression, Cade sheds light on the didactic power of poetry, bringing a welcome corrective to Sartre’s most influential concept with a degree of maturity and depth rarely encountered in an undergraduate student.

Katherine Mary Herman - Phi Mu Award

Katherine stands out as one of the most gifted Sociology students in this or any class. She is a curious, creative, and conscientious learner who consistently applies what she learns in the classroom with what is happening in the world. One professor described her as “a highly intelligent, thoughtful, and creative thinker.” She is active in both Sociology and Environmental Studies and has successfully integrated both majors in her work in environmental justice. Specifically, she has taken the lead on organizing against environmental injustices in New Orleans. One professor summarized it well by stating, “Katherine is one of most energetic, organized, and thoughtful students I’ve ever worked with.” 

Katherine Mary Herman - Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies

The Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies is presented to Katherine. Katherine is an energetic, organized, and thoughtful student who helped create a process for the Critical Visualization and Media Lab’s archival and data management, working to organize over a dozen of her peers to acquire and annotate thousands of documents. Katherine has taken a leadership role in projects examining the historical and policy-based decisions, and state and federal funding sources, associated with the development of the various stages of the Desire neighborhood public housing developments.

Grace Marie Hindmarch -  Victoria R. Bricker Award for Excellence in Anthropological Linguistics

Grace is presented with the Victoria R. Bricker Award for Excellence in Anthropological Linguistics. A double major in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and in Anthropology, Grace productively spent Summer 2018 studying abroad in Europe, and wrote an honors thesis in Public Health. In addition to her academic work, Grace also serves the Tulane community as an EMT, and as a counselor at the Tulane Crisis hotline. 

Elizabeth Rose Hopmann - Sandy Chism Award in Painting 

In her four years at Tulane, Elizabeth has fearlessly embraced the expansive potential of ceramic and painting mediums.  Her experimentation and deep curiosities have sharpened, solidified, and refined her craft far beyond what instructors could individually impart.  She is truly and impressively a student of the material.  Recent work offers a resolute self and social awareness as well as the pleasure and multivalency of paint as a communicative medium.  Elizabeth's work possesses the rare and promising balance of being simultaneously vulnerable and imposing.

Alyssa N. Johnson - The George H. Terriberry Classical Prize

The George H. Terriberry Classical Prize is presented to Alyssa. Alyssa is an outstanding student, particularly versed for research and with a profound interest in the Classical world, particularly Greece. In the course of her class work at Tulane, she has built a mature perspective on the issues surrounding the study and the piecing together of the ancient world. Both on a textual (from Homer to Euripides to Pausanias) and archaeological level, Alyssa has built a thoughtful approach to ancient Greece with an understanding of how past and present are closely intertwined in the research.

Zachary Clark Kanzler - The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication

The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication in presented to Zachary. Zachary has distinguished himself by combining an outstanding academic performance with a strong service record to communities in the field of Communication. He is a dedicated scholar who has done exemplary work for our communities, including a leading role in the founding of the Critical Visualizations and Media Lab (CVML) at Tulane. We commend him for his academic and service achievements.

Zachary Clark Kanzler - Award for Community Engagement in Environmental Studies

Zachary is presented with the Award for Community Engagement in Environmental Studies. Zack has served as the primary videographer for the Critical Visualization and Media Lab, shooting and editing nearly 80 hours of video working with numerous environmental justice communities in Louisiana. In addition, Zack has attended hundreds of public and community meetings, helped take a leadership role in various community engagement projects working with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, and has been part of meetings with local and state environmental policy personnel and leadership.

Sarah Camille Katz - Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award

Sarah did so well that she rose to the top of her class. We admire what she has accomplished.

Saskia Natsumi Keppler - John T. Krumpelmann Award

Saskia is awarded the John T. Krumpelmann Award. This award honors a graduating German major at Tulane for her or his superlative record of academic achievement. Saskia was one of our most reliable and dependable students. She was very dedicated to learning about the German language and culture. She spent a year abroad in Berlin and Vienna and truly flourished during this time. We are very proud of Saskia and wish her luck in the future.

Zelda Drew Kimble - Monroe Lippman Founders Award for Best Performance by an Actor

Zelda receives The Monroe Lippman Award for Best Performance by an Actor for exceptional dedication to our Tulane productions. From "Voir Dire" to "Midsummer,” from carrying fans in "On the Verge" to carrying a show in "Machinal,” no role was too small or too big for this talented performer and team player. Zelda stirred us in performing tragedy and delighted us with her comedy. She is truly a gifted actress for whom there is no prize too great nor goal too high. We are sad to see her go and excited for her future.

Emma Anne King - The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science

The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science goes to the female with the highest scholastic average in the major. Emma King graduates with a 4.0 GPA in the major.

Danielle Kimberly Kulick - Elizabeth S. Watts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Anthropology

The recipient of the Elizabeth S. Watts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Anthropology is Danielle. Working closely with faculty on research projects across campus, she developed a passion for biological anthropology after spending several weeks studying monkeys with Prof. Jack in Costa Rica. The skills Nelle acquired at Tulane, her drive to help others, her work ethic and desire for learning MORE, as well as her enduring smile and positive attitude, ensure her success as an outstanding scholar.

Carly Rose Lacoste - Outstanding Art History Major

Carly is recognized as an Outstanding Art History Major. Carly has been an exceptional student and citizen for her entire career at Tulane. Her thesis for the 4 plus 1 MA program on images of the Last Judgement in French medieval manuscripts promises to be thoughtful, original, and impactful. Carly's scholarship is all of her courses is outstanding; she writes clear papers and is highly motivated and self-directed. Her professors consistently remark that her work in seminars is already on par with graduate student work. She will make a wonderful contribution to the field of art history.

Sophie Claire Lainer - Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award

Sophie has impressed the Jewish Studies faculty as an excellent scholar, a creative thinker, and an impressive writer. Her interest in the intersection between Judaism and gender studies is clear, and her work in this and all areas of Jewish Studies has been strong.

Tziporah Lax - Arden King Award for Excellence in Anthropology

Tziporah is presented with the Arden King Award for Excellence in Anthropology. She is a creative thinker and gifted writer who has excelled in coursework in all subdisciplines of anthropology, and she is an ambitious and adventurous student.  She has spent the past year traveling and studying abroad in Tanzania and Australia, and she has collected oral histories about traditional practices of ecosystem management in a fishing village on the coast of the Indian Ocean.

Jessica Louise Lewis - Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award

Jessica has been a major surprise; she amazed her professors with her knowledge.

Yiqi Liu - The Research Award in Economics

Yiqi is awarded with the Research Award in Economics. Majoring in mathematics and economics, Yiqi is an exceptional student with nearly perfect GPA (3.981) and dedication to academic research. In her senior honor thesis, Yiqi studies how China’s fiscal stimulus package and municipal bonds, issued through Local Government Financing Vehicles, spur housing prices in local markets and accelerate the urbanization process in China.

Bryna Vivian Loranger - The William Bertrand Prize

Given to the student in International Development who, in the judgment of the faculty, demonstrates an abiding commitment to positive social and economic change through applied development work.

Andrew A. Mahaffie - Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award 3D Art

Andrew uses his sculpture as a reflection of his inner state with a focus on time.  He works with glass and metal to create both large scale and small detail heavy pieces.  In his larger works, he features domestic bottle glass and a variety of casting techniques to create visually dominating sculptures.    In his smaller sculpture he works with blowing and hot sculpting techniques to create highly detailed dramatic series.  His adoption of so many different styles of working with glass reflects his love and fascination with the material and a desire to continue to accumulate techniques to shape it.

Alexis Christine Johnson Martin - Minnette L. Starts Award for Excellence in Dance

Alexis earned this Minette L. Starts award for Excellence in Dance for thoughtful and inspiring work. As a Freshman, Alexis, performed in an evening length MFA thesis – challenging, intellectual, and outside the “norm”. She completely committed to, invested in, and excelled in all of her dance/performance undertakings, entering rehearsals and class with enthusiasm and rigor. She captures the choreographer/director's vision and makes “the work” better. Sharing her talents with peers, grad students, and professors, she is a gifted performer, intriguing choreographer, and a beautiful human being.

Natalie Laura McCullough - The French Government Prize

The French Government Prize is presented to Natalie. Natalie is focused, fully engaged in class, and a great colleague to her classmates. Her writing is meticulous and demonstrates extraordinary conceptual depth. A careful reader of literary texts and an elegant writer, Natalie always does her work thoroughly. 

Natalie Laura McCullough - Russian Student Award and Book Prize for Achievement in Russian Language

Always attentive and engaged, Natalie demonstrates a strong commitment to learning and unfailing enthusiasm for Russian culture. Her critical thinking skills, work ethic, and commitment to Russian made her stand out in all of her classes. Natalie has also been a powerhouse in leading and promoting Tulane's Russian Conversation Club as its president. The Russian program is thrilled to honor Natalie's work. 

Shay Lauren Meredith - The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science

Shay wrote a paper for one of her courses that she revised to present as part of the panel "Cultural Diplomacy: Sharp Power in Russia, Historical Narratives in Greece, and Institutional History in Germany" at the 45th annual Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts (STP&A) conference.  She was one of only two undergraduates making a presentation.  She will continue to work on this project with the aim of publishing it in an academic journal. 

Hannah Lili Moses - Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award

Hannah is a tremendous asset to Jewish Studies. She contributed so much to the learning environment. Her award is much deserved.

Madeline Louise Ninno - The International Development Prize for Student Paper

Given to the student whose paper that, in the judgment of the faculty, constitutes an original contribution to the literature and shows great promise for a future career in development work.

Emilia Johanna Nordgren - The Mathematical Economics Award

Emilia is presented with the Mathematical Economics Award. The Mathematical Economics Award is given to the student with the highest GPA among all graduating seniors with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. Emilia has an outstanding record at Tulane University, and has earned an overall GPA of 3.985 in her years at Tulane.  She is most deserving of the Mathematical Economics Award.

Rebecca Irena Oviatt - Excellence in Linguistics

Rebekah is eminently deserving of the Excellence in Linguistics Award for her performance in all linguistics classes, including The Nature of Language, Phonetics, Phonology, Language and Culture, History of Writing, and American Sign Language. Rebekah flourished admirably in all our classes, distinguishing herself from her peers by graduating with the highest gpa.

Kennedy Nicole Pivnick - Ann Butler Hess Award

Kennedy combines brilliance, discipline and drive to continually take on new intellectual challenges. With an interdisciplinary approach and analytic rigor, she illuminates fundamental issues of social organization and morality.

Zoe Montana Parkel -  The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science

The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science goes to the female with the highest scholastic average in the major. Zoe Parkel graduates with a 4.0 GPA in the major.

Kayley Marie Parker - The International Development Prize

Given to the student who, in the judgment of the faculty, demonstrates the greatest potential to make a significant contribution to international development work.

Emma H. Ragsdale - Dorothy Young Memorial Award for Best Performance by an Actor

Emma’s intelligent, thorough, and vulnerable work in the department’s production of The Yellow Wallpaper has allotted Emma this accolade. In the rehearsal room Ms. Ragsdale is rigorous in her work. Her selfless attention to detail and care in which she crafts her roles is a delight to watch. Her humor, kindness, and dedication will be missed by the department.

Marc Reeder - The International Development Prize 

Given to the student who, in the judgment of the faculty, demonstrates the greatest potential to make a significant contribution to international development work.

Emmanuelle Ziva Rosenthal - The Eamon Kelly Prize

Given to the student in International Development who, the judgment of the faculty, best reflects the values of leadership and academic vigor in development that Dr. Kelly's life work exemplifies.

Elliot Tomarza Woten Salazar - The Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award  

Elliot is presented with the Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award. This award honors a graduating German student “who is distinguished not only by his or her achievements, but also by dedication and sense of duty.” Elliot was a hard working and engaged student. He minored in German and participated in a wide range of German language and culture classes. He was an enthusiastic member of our community, attending many events and lectures. We wish him the best in the future.

Hannah Noelle Sansone - Jill Karp Prize for Dance Performance: Performance

Hannah is receiving this award for excellence in performance and is recognized for her development as a beautiful, sophisticated performer.  She connected her sharp intellect and fierce physicality to create commanding performances and contributions to the Newcomb Dance Program and Newcomb Dance Company.  She is remembered for the vulnerability and depth she brought to her role in Omar Carrum’s work "Alchemy of the 7 Elements”. Hannah’s keen kinesthetic awareness will serve her in pursuit of a career in medicine.

Isabella Scott - Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award 2D Art

Current and former professors of Isabella have admired her sharp-eyed and steady focus, as well as her unwavering consistency as a student and painter.  Her attendance to class is foremost an attendance to her craft, which she has pursued rigorously for four years.  The images that come from her hand are fashioned with meticulous precision, tenderness, honesty, and fidelity.  Isabella's paintings emerge from what is personal and forthright, yet in their cumulative variety offer something magnetic and mysterious.

Sarah A. Scribner - Jill Karp Prize for Dance Performance:  Choreography

Sarah is recognized for her movement creativity and compositional thoughtfulness. As a curious and tenacious mover throughout her time at Tulane, we also recognize her overall commitment to the department.  We know she will remain an active, vital, and a commanding advocate and participant in the performing arts field.  Sarah's presence will be missed in the studio and the classroom and we wish her all the best on her new journey.

Pritika Sharma - Outstanding Senior Award

Pritika is the unanimous choice for “outstanding senior major” by the Gender & Sexuality Studies faculty, who praise her “boundless curiosity” and dedication to the field. Pritika is a creative thinker who truly embodies interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary analysis and research. Her unique ability to synthesize her training in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Communication, and Anthropology is evident in her self-directed, original research on India’s wedding industry. Pritika will be entering a PhD program in Anthropology next fall, though she has already demonstrated the intellectual maturity and sophistication of a graduate student.

Sidney Ryan Shea - Sally Reed Atkins Award 

The Sally Reed Atkins Award supports “female graduate or undergraduate students of German Literature.” Sidney has excelled as a German minor while majoring in Public Health and International Development. She spent the fall of 2018 at the University of Vienna where she took courses in German language, culture, and literature. Sidney hopes to use her German language skills in her future career and hopes to return to Vienna.

Sidney Ryan Shea - The International Development Prize for Student Paper

Given to the student whose paper that, in the judgment of the faculty, constitutes an original contribution to the literature and shows great promise for a future career in development work.

Jacob Ian Shulman - Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award

Jake is both an excellent scholar and a compassionate person. He has impressed the Jewish Studies faculty with his strong writing and important contributions to class discussions

Riley Malene Singer - Donald Pizer Award in American Literature

The Donald Pizer Award in American Literature is presented to Riley. Riley has distinguished herself as an excellent writer and a serious scholar of American literature in numerous courses in the major.

Riley Maelene Singer - Virginia Gleaves Lazarus Memorial Award

Riley is presented with the Virginia Gleaves Lazarus Memorial Award. This award goes to the best essay written by a junior or senior woman. Riley's essay "Honoring Cultural Heritage Through Narrative Structure," is a nuanced, beautifully written, and compelling argument about the ways in which Zora Neale Hurston incorporates oral tradition and folk tale in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God to honor African American culture "without sanitizing it according to the standards of the time."

Dorothy Renée Mathison Slater - The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science

Dorothy was the first and only Tulane student who completed a year-long fellowship at the Orleans Parish Education Network. She completed a major research project on inequity in the New Orleans charter school system and tracked the Louisiana legislative session in 2019. She created a database of every piece of legislation that was introduced related to public education.

Isabella Me'l Smith - The Newcomb College Award in Economics

Isabella is presented with the Newcomb College Award in Economics. The Newcomb Award in Economics is given to the female student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics majors. Isabella has an outstanding record at Tulane University, and has earned an overall GPA of 3.99 in her years at Tulane.  She is most deserving of the Newcomb Award.

Clifford Morton Soloway - Murphy Institute Public Service Award

Clifford has been engaged with multiple efforts both on and off campus to promote the ideals of racial justice and labor rights. The list of organizations he has worked with includes Human Rights Watch, Institute for Palestine Studies, Jewish Voice for Peace, Take Em Down Nola and the People's Assembly, UNITE HERE Local 2262, Students Organizing Against Racism, and Students for Justice in Palestine.

Clifford Morton Soloway - Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

A double major in Sociology, Clifford achieved a major GPA over 3.9 and an overall GPA over 3.9. He was also selected as a Murphy Institute Public Service Award recipient.

Ziyu Song - Nan Gunther Boykin Memorial Award for Excellence in Dramatic Literature

Ziyu's outstanding honor's thesis - " A Comparison of Funding Patterns of Theatre between the United Kingdom, China and Japan" - brought together her time studying abroad, research into the economics of theatre, and the interplay between funding and cultural production. Her cross-national comparisons highlighted the different motivations and goals behind major funding sources for theatre, alongside a look at audience perception and preferences and how the interplay between these elements shapes the theatrical landscape.

Lora Elizabeth Starr - Italian Government Prize

The Italian Government Prize is awarded to Lora. Lora represents the ideal example of a brilliant and dedicated student, who, starting with Elementary Italian as a diligent and high scoring learner, reached a superior level in mastering the Italian language skills with an astounding level of fluency. In Bologna, she completed a variety of high-level courses, distinguishing herself by obtaining the highest grades in four Italian literature and language classes and a history course on Italian Fascism.

Maxwell Mahalo Steitz - The William Bertrand Prize

Given to the student in International Development, who, in the judgment of the faculty, demonstrates an abiding commitment to positive social and economic change through applied development work.

Rebecca B. Stelman - Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award

The Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award is presented to Rebecca. Rebecca has distinguished herself for achieving excellence in Communication studies. Faculty members highlight her ability to develop complex and refined examinations of communication phenomena, always placing media and technology within broader social, economic, political, and cultural contexts. We commend Rebecca for her academic achievements.

Mary Tyler Storms - Henry Clay Stier Award in English

The Henry Clay Stier Award in English is presented to Mary. Mary is graduating with the highest GPA in English of all senior majors.

Colin Marshall Threlkeld - Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Colin is a double major in Philosophy and Political Economy and earned an overall GPA over 3.9. He also spent a year abroad at the London School of Economics. He was chosen to represent our program at the National Undergraduate PPE Colloquium at Duke University.

Colin Marshall Threlkeld - Ann Butler Hess Award

Colin brings to his philosophical work a remarkable degree of clarity, precision, and moral seriousness. In his honors thesis, these talents are on clear display as Colin investigates abstract theoretical questions about freedom and poverty, without losing sight of the practical political significance of these questions.

Kiera Sky Torpie - The Dale Edmonds Prize for Best Short Story by an Undergraduate

The Dale Edmonds Prize for the Best Short Story by an Undergraduate is presented to Kiera. Kiera is receiving this award for her story "The Faintest Crush."

Brianna Desiree Renate Tucker - Russian Book Prize for Achievement in Russian Language

Brianna is a dedicated students who has consistently done excellent work in her Russian courses. Brianna's achievements are incredible and inspiring. She is triple majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Russian. She will also receive a dual degree - a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian. We are honored to present Brianna with this award. 

Nithya Reddy Vemula - The International Development Prize for Graduating Student

Given to the graduating student who has distinguished him or herself by a commitment to international development work.

Lauren Adela Waldman - Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Lauren is a dual degree double major in Business and Political Economy and earned an overall GPA over 3.9. She was a member of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business.

Amelia Hayed Wiygul - Class of 1914 award 

Through the completion of majors in both Studio Art and Environmental Studies, has demonstrated exceptional dedication to her academic and artistic pursuits at Tulane. Her work with drawing, painting, and mixed media presents unique visions of the natural world, including an ambitious hand-drawn ecofeminist graphic novel that envisions a future in which urban spaces and nature are no longer separate. Amelia’s commitment to her work is unwavering, and her interdisciplinary artistic endeavors offer a much-needed sense of hope for a sustainable environmental future

Juharah Merima Worku - Felipe Smith Jr. Award for Excellence in Africana Studies

The Felipe Smith Jr. Award for Excellence in Africana Studies is presented to Juhara. For four years Juju has excelled in a diverse range of classes across the  Africana Studies major. She has shown mastery in multidisciplinary research methods and the production of truly interdisciplinary scholarship.  In her academic writing, as a campus journalist and as a student activist, Juju has distinguished herself in holding Black lives and extending Black epistemologies at the center of her analysis and advocacy.

Matthew Jefferson Wu - S. Walter Stern 1905 Memorial Medal

Matthew's Honors Thesis compares the US and Great Britain on social welfare policy. He argues that US values of individualism explain the differences between the generosity of the two countries’ systems. 

Yinghong Zhao - Outstanding Student in Sociology Award

Yinghong (Elsie) has been chosen by the Sociology faculty as the most outstanding student for several reasons. She has one of the highest GPA’s among our majors, but she also possesses qualities that are above and beyond earning high grades. One professor described how her classmates benefited from her contributions in class discussions and, notably, that he, too, had learned from her insightful engagement with the material. She enthusiastically embraces challenging material and, as a professor wrote, “possesses an uncommon work ethic.” She is an intellectually gifted and serious learner, and the faculty in the department of sociology agree that she embodies all of the qualities we cherish in our majors.  

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Grace Marie Hindmarch - Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Student Service and Volunteerism Award

The Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Student Service and Volunteerism Award is given to Grace, who has performed exceptional service within Tulane University and in the community. This award recognizes Grace who has put others before herself, and her work has made a difference to Tulane, New Orleans, and the greater community.

Kate Louise Reynolds - Dean’s Undergraduate Public Health Scholastic Award 

The Dean’s Undergraduate Public Health Scholastic award is given to Kate, who has demonstrated outstanding scholastic accomplishment and shows promise of distinctive achievement and leadership as an alumnus. Kate has an outstanding academic record with a GPA of 3.8 or better, has demonstrated exemplary school service, and has clear public health goals.

Nithya Reddy Vemula - Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Leadership Award

The Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Student Leadership Award is given to Nithya, who has shown great initiative and conviction with the capability to lead; encouraging others to get involved and be moved to action. Nithya has exemplified leadership by identifying what is needed to move forward and then is able to engage others to achieve a common goal.

School of Science and Engineering 

Margaux Michelle Armfield - The Gerald E. Gunning Memorial Award

The Gerald E. Gunning Memorial Award is presented to Margaux. Margaux is an exceptionally talent and intellectually engaged young scientist.  She has excelled in all components of scholarship and communication, including a designing and conducting field based animal behavior project in Australia and successfully merging computer science and ecological approaches in her honors thesis on patterns of pollen dispersal in a tropical palm. Margaux is well on her way to becoming a productive scientist and leader in STEM.

Frerick Jeresun Atkin - The Chair's Award

Jeresun was selected by the Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty for his excellent scholarly achievement.

Emma Gabrielle Balkind - Faculty Award for Applied Psychological Research

Emma is graduating with a major in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. As a research assistant on Dr. Courtney Baker’s research team, Emma completed an Honor’s Thesis entitled “Relationships between self-regulation, social information processing, and negative life events in a sample of low-income preschoolers.” Emma is currently seeking a position as a research coordinator, after which she plans to apply to graduate school in clinical psychology.

John Carl Begley - Neuroscience Faculty Award

John Carl (JC) is an exceptionally talented student. He progressed technically and scientifically to the point where he was working largely on his own, conducting sophisticated, cutting edge neuroscience research. Over the four years he spent in Dr. Jeff Tasker’s laboratory, he gained the respect of the graduate students, postdocs, and research faculty to be considered on a par with the PhD students. JC is an exceptional student, in the top tier of students who have conducted independent research in the Tasker laboratory.  

Madeline Lafleur Billeaud - Aaron Hartman Medal

Madeline will receive a Bachelors of Science in psychology with minors in Spanish and Management. During the summer before her senior year, Madeline received a grant from CELT to conduct an experiment on perspective-taking with victims of sexual harassment. Her senior honors thesis expanded on her previous research by examining peer-to-peer sexual harassment among college students. Next fall, she will attend Saint Louis University to begin working on a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Morgan Alexa Bohrer - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project 

The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award for Senior Team Design Project is presented to the "Trach Tech" Team- Alexandra, Stephen, Michael, and Morgann. Awarded by BME faculty as the outstanding Senior Team Design Project  integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Emma Margaret Bossier - Psychology Faculty Memorial Award

Emma transferred to Tulane in Fall 2018, and quickly established an outstanding record of scholarship in psychology.  She excelled in challenging upper level (as well as graduate) psychology courses, and contributed significantly to the Ruscher lab’s work on prejudiced language and linguistic features in persuasion.

Meghan Elise Bush - C. W. Ricker Award

Meghan has been an outstanding Engineering Physics student and has earned the Mechanical Engineering certificate. She has served as a Maker Space leader and as President of the Tulane Society of Women Engineers. Her work on space solar energy at NASA was recognized with a win at the GlennTalks Live competition over 200 competitors. She plans to complete her masters in Materials Engineering at Tulane while pursuing nanomaterials research before pursuing a career in space photovoltaics.

Ellen Claire Callais - Kappa Kappa Gamma
Christopher William Carter - The Gerald S. Gussack Award

The Gerald S. Gussack Award is presented to Christopher. Chris has perhaps taken the most rigorous course work any undergraduate could undertake at Tulane University and cut through it like room-temperature butter.  His journal club presentation in Professor Laurie Earls Genome course was the best she’d ever seen.   Chris is an extremely bright and hard-working student, and has held tutoring and SI positions in addition to his heavy course load.  Chris will be attending medical school in the fall and has a strong interest in developing a medical career in genetics.  Chris truly represents the very best of our science students. 

Dominic Amedeo Casalnuovo - AIChE Activity Award

The recipient of the AIChE Activity Award is Dominic. The AIChE Activity Award is is given to a student to recognize outstanding services to the profession. This award is chosen by the students' peers.

Dominic Amedeo Casalnuovo - Francis M. Taylor Award

The Francis M. Taylor Award is presented to Dominic. The Francis M. Taylor award is given to a senior for outstanding citizenship based upon professional attitudes and accomplishments, ability to interact with colleagues and faculty and positive contributions to departmental and university programs.

Dominic Amedeo Casalnuovo - William F. Tompkins, Jr. Memorial Award

Chemical Engineering major Dominic has a 3.9 GPA. He also is actively involved with Tulane Engineers without Borders and holds leadership roles in Tau Beta Pi, Theta Tau, the Tulane Rock Climbing Club, and was President of the AIChE (Chemical Engineering) student organization.

Clayton John Chamness - American Institute of Chemist Student Award
Yueqi Chen - The William L. Alworth Prize in Biological Chemistry

The recipient of the William Alworth Prize in Biological Chemistry is Yueqi. This award is given annually to an outstanding graduating Biological Chemistry major.  Yueqi has demonstrated both exceptional scholastic achievement and outstanding research ability.

Maya Lee Childs - Psychology Faculty Memorial Award

Maya is a Psychology major with minors in Public Health and Africana Studies. Her honors thesis focused on racial identity as a buffer between African American adolescents’ exposure to stressful events and substance use experimentation. Maya was a Louis Stokes-Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP) scholar. She has demonstrated leadership by serving as president of Tulane’s Black Student Union, secretary for Tulane’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and Vice President Tulane’s National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Troy Nicholas Coaston - Professor Erik G. Ellgaard Award for Excellence in Cell and Molecular Biology

The Professor Erik G. Ellgaard Award for Excellence in Cell and Molecular Biology is presented to Troy. Troy is an extremely smart, thoughtful and motivated student, asking the most mature questions.  Troy has a great work ethic, understands scientific concepts well, and is very generous with his time.  Ultimately, he plans to attend medical school, and hopes to do clinical research somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Claire Catherine Davis - Elsie Field DuPre Memorial Prize in Physics

Claire brings good humor and empathy to her engineering pursuits. She has excelled at all academic requirements of the engineering physics degree while also finding time to study abroad in Scotland and learn to play bagpipes. Her extra-curricular efforts have included leadership in the Maker Space and the Society of Women Engineers, developing new solar technologies, and working in the renewable energy industry. Her passion for sustainability fuels her career aspirations, and her next stop is GE’s Edison Engineering Development Program.

Claire Catherine Davis - William Benjamin Gregory Medal Class Of 1918 Award

Claire brings good humor and empathy to her engineering pursuits. She has excelled at all academic requirements of the engineering physics degree while also finding time to study abroad in Scotland and learn to play bagpipes. Her extra-curricular efforts have included leadership in the Maker Space and the Society of Women Engineers, developing new solar technologies, and working in the renewable energy industry. Her passion for sustainability fuels her career aspirations, and her next stop is GE’s Edison Engineering Development Program. 

Katherine Louise DeBlanc - The American Institute of Chemists Award

The American Institute of Chemists Award is presented to Katherine. Katie has shown consistently superior academic performance in her Chemistry courses and related courses as well, a course selection affording background and rigor in the physical sciences.   Her high performance is linked to high qualities of character—complete organization, a tireless work ethic, and a mature perspective on goals.

Lauren Emily Fleming - Aaron Hartman Medal

Lauren is a Psychology major with minors in Public Health and Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. Her thesis focused on the association between maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences and preschoolers' self-regulation. In addition to her research focus at Tulane, she has volunteered extensively during her time at Tulane with children with developmental disabilities and their families. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Jake Gartenstein - The Award For Outstanding Capstone Project

The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is presented to Adelaide, Andrei, Jacob, Edward and Mason. Their project brought together the disciplines of computer science and dance by generating a dance sequence for the human body based off any provided song from the Spotify streaming platform. Using machine learning techniques and hours of sample data, they inspire new and exciting choreography and at the same time produce a visualization that is in and of itself a piece of art.

Riana Marie Gaudet - Rosa Cahn Hartman Award

This award is given for Riana’s overall outstanding academic performance and for her highly original research contributions to the field of Psychology. Her honors thesis research on the effects of bilingual language exposure on handwriting skill is highly innovative and will pave the way for future research on the relation between language learning, literacy and fine motor development.

Payton Marie Gibler - Leon H. Scherck Memorial Prize For Excellence In Engineering

Senior biomedical engineering student Peyton is a Tulane Honors Program student and vice-president of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi.  Her research work in Dr. Miller’s Biomechanics of Growth and Remodeling Lab  culminated in an honors thesis.  An involved member of the Tulane community, she participates in service work to encourage youth in STEM fields, extending her efforts through her role as Outreach Coordinator for the Society of Women Engineers.

Thomas Girmay  - The Award For Outstanding Capstone Project

The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is presented to Thomas. Thomas designed a novel algorithm for a land or sea litter collection robot that can identify trash and separate it into different recycling categories. 

Hannah Marjorie Glazier  - William F. Tompkins, Jr. Memorial Award

Hannah's leadership in her biomedical engineering capstone project, a device to prevent ulceration in diabetics due to peripheral neuropathy, was recognized by her peers and industry mentors.  This project was a fitting culmination to her design and research work throughout her academic career, including stem cell research at the National University Hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland.  An involved campus ambassador and volunteer, Hannah showed dedication to the Red Cross despite the challenging spring quarantine.  

Sarah Grace Guillaume - Faculty Award for Applied Psychological Research

Sarah is a Psychology major whose honors thesis was a phenomenological exploration of Black mothers' experiences of social support in the context of familial arrest and incarceration. She has been deeply engaged with both research and service work over the course of her time at Tulane, volunteering with Children's Hospital, Operation Restoration, and the New Orleans Child Advocacy Center. Her research was recognized with the undergraduate Original Research Award by the Louisiana Psychological Association. She hopes to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. 

Stephen Eric Hahn - The Frederick H. Fox Activity Award

As a biomedical engineering senior, Stephen balances exceptional academic rigor with his dedication to the Tulane D1 Varsity Sailing Team, serving as treasurer and advisory council representative.  A former Novel Tech Challenge finalist, Stephen’s capstone team design project won the Tulane Engineering Design Expo biomedical engineering category, with their device to prevent ventilator associated pneumonia.  A leader of Engineers Without Borders, Stephen lends his enthusiasm, time and talent to support local high school students in engineering.

Stephen Eric Hahn - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project 

The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award for Senior Team Design Project is presented to the "Trach Tech" Team- Alexandra, Stephen, Michael, and Morgann. Awarded by BME faculty as the outstanding Senior Team Design Project  integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Ryan Philip Herrschaft - Barbara E. Moely Award for Psychology in the Public Interest

Ryan's work in behavioral health has focused on LGBTQ+ individuals in Argentina, HIV risk for drug injectors in Puerto Rico, and mitigating sexual violence against LGBTQ+ students. His honors thesis satisfies the requirements for honors in both Psychology and Public Health, and is entitled Descriptive, linguistic, and persuasive features of pro measles opinion articles.

Ted Hoeller - The Award For Outstanding Capstone Project

The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is presented to Adelaide, Andrei, Jacob, Edward and Mason. Their project brought together the disciplines of computer science and dance by generating a dance sequence for the human body based off any provided song from the Spotify streaming platform. Using machine learning techniques and hours of sample data, they inspire new and exciting choreography and at the same time produce a visualization that is in and of itself a piece of art.

Jessica Anne Hotsko - The Award For Outstanding Capstone Project

The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is presented to Jessica and Christopher. Jessica and Christopher designed, implemented, and deployed a complete, highly customized and free web platform for managing Tulane Air Force ROTC unit.

Thomas T. Huang - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science is presented to Thomas. Thomas modeled academic excellence, analytic approach, interdisciplinary thinking, and passion for learning for his peers. He completed the computer science program with a 4.0 GPA, joining a small group of less than 5% of our graduates who have achieved this score in the department’s history. 

Jason Alex Hyman - The American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Award

The American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Award is presented to Jason. Jason has shown consistently superior academic performance in his Chemistry courses, and related rigorous courses as well. His mathematical and quantitative skills have allowed him to excel in courses such as Physical Chemistry, to understand the material with a high level of insight.

Amin Izadpanah - Professor Erik G. Ellgaard Award for Excellence in Cell and Molecular Biology

The Professor Erik G. Ellgaard Award for Excellence in Cell and Molecular Biology is presented to Amin. “I don't think I've ever had a better student”, asserted Professor Dotson. He amazingly missed only 2 or 3 questions out of all exams, quizzes and homework in Professor Meadows course. Amin is an extremely intelligent scientist. Amin continues to participate in research on tumor microenvironments and is a member of the highly selective Tulane Accelerated Physician Training Program. Amin will continue his education in the MD/PhD program at Tulane University’s School of Medicine.

Addie Jasica - The Award For Outstanding Capstone Project

The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is presented to Adelaide, Andrei, Jacob, Edward and Mason. Their project brought together the disciplines of computer science and dance by generating a dance sequence for the human body based off any provided song from the Spotify streaming platform. Using machine learning techniques and hours of sample data, they inspire new and exciting choreography and at the same time produce a visualization that is in and of itself a piece of art.

Rhea Kataria - Royal Society of Chemistry Certificate of Excellence Award

Rhea is presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry Certificate of Excellence Award. Rhea has been a valued team member in the Gibb group for the past 2+ years. She has shown exceptional dedication to her undergraduate research during that time, and so far has obtained two, top-tier full papers (both in the Journal of the American Chemical Society).  A third major publication is also in the works, making Rhea the most productive undergraduate researcher in the group.

Rhea Kataria - Glendy Burke Medal
Jamin David Kidd - Joseph J. Kyame Physics Award

Jamin is a physics and mathematics double major who has shown a serious dedication to pursuing a career in physics research with great potential. He has taken twelve graduate level courses and has substantial research experience in both experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics, contributing to several manuscripts as both a co-author and first-author. During graduate school, Jamin will delve into computational and theoretical quantum materials research, where he is expected to make substantial contributions and breakthroughs.

Danielle Kimberly Kulick - The Gerald E. Gunning Memorial Award

The Gerald E. Gunning Memorial Award is presented to Danielle. Nelle has done an exceptional amount of ecological research, from studying invasive plants in Louisiana marshes, soil microbes in the Rocky Mountains, and coral bleaching in Tanzania. She is an author on four publications and has presented at six national and local meetings. She has received numerous competitive grants to support her research. Overall, she is an outstanding and well-rounded scholar, and I expect amazing things from her in the future.

Michael Patrick L'Ecuyer - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project 

The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award for Senior Team Design Project is presented to the "Trach Tech" Team- Alexandra, Stephen, Michael, and Morgann. Awarded by BME faculty as the outstanding Senior Team Design Project  integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Colby W. Lejeune  - The Chair's Award

Colby was selected by the Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty for his excellent achievement in geology.  Colby was the 2018 recipient of the New Orleans Geological Society Jules & Olga Braunstein Memorial Junior Scholarship.

Conrad Alexander Leonik - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science is presented to Conrad. Conrad has been an outstanding student, knowledgeable teaching assistant, and compassionate mentor to junior students. He completed the computer science program with a 4.0 GPA, joining a small group of less than 5% of our graduates who have achieved this score in the department’s history.

Jackson Taylor Levine - Neuroscience Faculty Award

Jackson completed his honors thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Damir Khismatullin, conducting experiments to understand the effects of ultrasound on axonal growth as a potential treatment for spinal cord injury. He completed majors in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering and was an active leader in several Tulane student organizations. One of his neuroscience instructors wrote that Jackson has skills not often seen even among advanced graduate students. “He is a star who outperformed other high-achieving students by a wide margin."  

Riley Nova Loria - Faculty Award for Research in Psychological Science

Riley has been a research assistant in the Evolutionary Social Cognition lab since the spring of 2017. She is the lab's longest-tenured undergraduate researcher. During her time in the lab she completed two intensive funded research internships, published her first peer-reviewed research paper, and presented talks and posters of the lab's research at several national and international conferences. Her honor's thesis investigates the relationships between childhood environments and parenting styles. She will be starting her graduate studies in evolutionary and social psychology in Colorado this fall.

Christopher Louviere - The Award For Outstanding Capstone Project

The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is presented to Jessica and Christopher. Jessica and Christopher designed, implemented, and deployed a complete, highly customized and free web platform for managing Tulane Air Force ROTC unit.

Sarah Husted Lueder - The Fred R. Cagle Memorial Prize

Sarah is awarded the Fred R. Cagle Memorial Prize. Sarah is a special student whose skills and promise in STEM go far beyond her excellent GPA, which was the highest among graduating seniors in our department this year. She combines a "can do" attitude with exceptional intellectual skills and outstanding citizenship. Her honors thesis on palm tree diversity in a human impacted landscape required arduous field work, which she handled with a smile on her face. Sarah is a rising star in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a bright future ahead. 

Hailey R. MacDonald - The Reinhard A. Steinmayer Award

Haily is presented with the Reinhard A. Steinmayer Award. Hailey was selected by the Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty for her outstanding achievement in geology.  Hailey was the 2019 recipient of the New Orleans Geological Society Jules & Olga Braunstein Memorial Senior Scholarship. 

Arjun Sree Manoj - William F. Tompkins, Jr. Memorial Award

A double major in biomedical engineering and computer science, Arun is an involved campus leader as well as an accomplished scholar.  He serves as International Lead for Engineers Without Borders and extends this work with local youth through the Grand Challenge Scholars Program.  A former Novel Tech Challenge Finalist, he holds leadership roles in the India Association of Tulane and Cookies and Code.  His team’s capstone project Preservation of Art in 3D won both overall and audience favorite awards in the Tulane Engineering Capstone Design Expo.

Arjun Sree Manoj -  The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award

The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award is presented to Mostafa, Arjun, and Emma. This award is presented to the graduating seniors in Biomedical Engineering who have contributed most to his or her class, school, and the profession of Biomedical Engineering, as voted on by the senior class.

Ally Mare Martin - The Zoology Prize in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Allyson is awarded the Zoology Prize in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Allyson is awarded the Zoology Prize in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Ally worked with untiring dedication toward making sure that data were collected efficiently and accurately. She was always thinking deeply about lab processes and helped us by innovating new ideas and practices to improve our workflow and accuracy. She kept her cool in difficult conditions, like the Louisiana summer greenhouse heat and the mosquito-filled jungles of Panama. The Van Bael lab is certainly a better place for her 2 years of dedicated participation. 

Mostafa E. Meselhe - Neuroscience Faculty Award

In addition to his high academic achievement toward a double-major in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Mr. Meselhe completed an honors thesis under the direction of Prof. Michael J. Moore. He was instrumental in adapting methods for the use of fluorescence-based indicators of electrophysiological activity for modeling the synaptic transmission of pain signals in 3D tissue culture models of the spinal cord. He is a co-author on a paper to be submitted on this topic. 

Mostafa E. Meselhe - William F. Tompkins, Jr. Memorial Award

A double major in neuroscience and biomedical engineering, Mostafa leaves a legacy of expanded programs on Tulane’s campus.  From Engineers Without Borders, to the Rock-Climbing Club, to the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, Mostafa shares his enthusiasm and work ethic to extend membership and impact.  He completed an honors thesis in Tulane’s Neural Micro-Engineering Lab, following previous lab research including a summer REU with Duke University.  A frequent mentor to undergraduates, Mostafa leaves a lasting impact through exceptional research, prospering student organizations, and peer support.

Mostafa E. Meselhe -  The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award

The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award is presented to Mostafa, Arjun, and Emma. This award is presented to the graduating seniors in Biomedical Engineering who have contributed most to his or her class, school, and the profession of Biomedical Engineering, as voted on by the senior class.

Andrei Mills - The Award For Outstanding Capstone Project

The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is presented to Adelaide, Andrei, Jacob, Edward and Mason. Their project brought together the disciplines of computer science and dance by generating a dance sequence for the human body based off any provided song from the Spotify streaming platform. Using machine learning techniques and hours of sample data, they inspire new and exciting choreography and at the same time produce a visualization that is in and of itself a piece of art.

Dyllan Christopher Muller - William Benjamin Gregory Medal Class Of 1918 Award

Dyllan has maintained a 4.0 GPA while double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Management—which required him to enroll in 24 to 26 credit hours/semester. He completed an Honors thesis through his work in Professor Kim O’Connor’s laboratory over the last three years. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, is actively involved with Tulane’s Novel Tech Challenge, and has served as a Resident Advisor since his sophomore year.

Dyllan Christopher Muller - AIChE Senior Scholarship Award 

Dyllan is presented with the AIChE Senior Scholarship Award. This award is given to the graduating senior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with the highest grade point average.

Samuel Alexander Murphy - C. W. Ricker Award

Samuel is an exceptionally promising young engineer with an outstanding combination of scholarship, skills, and work ethic. Samuel has maintained a 3.88 GPA while double-majoring in Math and Engineering Physics with a Mechanical Engineering Certificate. Samuel is Vice President of the Science and Engineering Honor Society, President of the Gender Exploration Society, and member of the Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi. Add to that research experience at the University of Washington as well as the University of Rochester, and it is easy to see that Samuel is a well-deserved recipient of the Ricker Award.

Ryan Gabriel Murphy - Liz Earley Prize in Cell and Molecular Biology

The Liz Earley Prize in Cell and Molecular Biology is presented to Ryan. Perhaps one of the brightest students Professor Shusheng Wang has seen in his years at Tulane.  Ryan is active in class and outside of class. He enjoys discussing science with the faculty and his research insight is impressive. 

Julia Elizabeth Nauman - Arnold Gerall Prize in Neuroscience

Julia worked as a research assistant and completed an Honors Thesis in Dr. Julie Markant’s Learning and Brain Development Lab. Her project examined the effects of increasing visual complexity and working memory load on distractibility among individuals at risk for ADHD. Julia also participated in the Tulane Brain Institute and Rutgers University summer research programs in Neuroscience. After graduation Julia intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology to study the neural mechanisms underlying developmental disorders.

Ashleigh Carolyn Nave - Neuroscience Faculty Award

Ashleigh is a very bright and promising student. She is driven and has worked incredibly hard on her Honors Senior Thesis project under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Bunnell. She has put in countless hours in the lab while also excelling in academics and her involvements in extra-curricular organizations. Thanks to her hard work and drive, Ashleigh will begin medical school at LSU New Orleans in the fall, where she will no doubt excel as she has done in her tenure here at Tulane.

Mason O'Connor - The Award For Outstanding Capstone Project

The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is presented to Adelaide, Andrei, Jacob, Edward and Mason. Their project brought together the disciplines of computer science and dance by generating a dance sequence for the human body based off any provided song from the Spotify streaming platform. Using machine learning techniques and hours of sample data, they inspire new and exciting choreography and at the same time produce a visualization that is in and of itself a piece of art.

Spencer Aaron Olesky - Neuroscience Faculty Award

Spencer has done an outstanding job working in the neuroscience research laboratory of Dr. Aaron Dumont. He is dedicated, intelligent, inquisitive and motivated. His work on examining the modulatory role of monomethyl fumarate in reducing cerebral aneurysm pathogenesis is reflective of his effort and talent and holds future promise for translational therapy. 

Jeremy Chinwe Orie - William Benjamin Gregory Medal Class Of 1918 Award

A peer educator and Programs Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers, Jeremy is an accomplished biomedical engineering senior.  His capstone design project sought to prevent pharmaceutical drug overdose, a project he approached with leadership, passion, and innovation.  An accomplished researcher in the Biomedical Acoustics Lab at Tulane, Chinwe is known for creative solutions, camaraderie, and supporting his classmates.  

Jae Eun Park - Rosa Cahn Hartman Award

During her time at Tulane, Janie worked with Dr. Gray’s research team on intergenerational transmission of maternal stress to children as well as with Dr. Ruscher’s research team to study hate speech. She is dual degree with a BA in Economics and BS in Psychology. Janie’s thesis is a study of her independent design entitled "The relation among intimate partner violence, social comparison orientation, and desire to consume alcohol."

Charlotte Swama Pearson - Neuroscience Faculty Award

Dr. Paul Colombo, Charlotte’s honors thesis adviser, praised Charlotte for her significant contributions to their research efforts to understand relationships between music training and behavioral and electrophysiological measures of executive functions.  One of her innovations was testing hypotheses about sex differences in music complexity preferences. One of her findings is that melodic ability is related to measures of selective attention.

Lauren Brooke Perlmutter - Psychology Faculty Memorial Award

Lauren is graduating with majors in Psychology and Political Science and a minor in Sociology. Lauren worked as a research assistant on Dr. Courtney Baker’s team for four terms, contributing meaningfully across numerous projects and taking on leadership roles within the team. Lauren will begin a doctoral program in School Psychology at the University of Washington in the fall.  

Dylan Lloyd Pinion - The Cell and Molecular Biology Prize

The recipient of the Cell and Molecular Biology Prize is Dylan. Dylan is a double major is CMB and Psychology.  He has worked very hard during his time at Tulane, amassing a 3.785 GPA. Dylan plans to go to medical school and hopes to be a physician to whom everyone can turn to for knowledgeable and nonjudgmental medical care.  He is smart, conscientious and organized, and perhaps most important, Dylan is truly caring and compassionate toward mankind.  

Jenna Claire Pucel - Liz Earley Prize in Cell and Molecular Biology

The Liz Earley Prize in Cell and Molecular Biology is presented to Jenna. Jenna is one of our top students with a 3.87 GPA.  She wishes to pursue a career in research. She has been doing research for most of her undergraduate career and talks about her experience with maturity and advanced perspective.  Jenna is extremely humble, despite the fact that she is an excellent student.

Jennnifer Heather Riggin - The Harold E. Vokes Award

Jennifer is presented with the Harold E. Vokes Award. Jennifer was selected by the Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty for her outstanding scholarly achievement.

Emma Lillian Rogers - William Benjamin Gregory Medal Class Of 1918 Award

Known for her supportive work as a frequent supplemental instructor of courses, biomedical engineering senior Emma is a fluent communicator of engineering concepts.  From her thesis to her coursework, and through her campus involvement and service, Emma shares the possibilities of engineering with capable intelligence, both externally and as a supportive teammate and classmate to her peers.  She is passionate about women’s health, exhibited keenly in her capstone project and in her leadership with the Society of Women Engineers.

Emma Lillian Rogers -  The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award

The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award is presented to Mostafa, Arjun, and Emma. This award is presented to the graduating seniors in Biomedical Engineering who have contributed most to his or her class, school, and the profession of Biomedical Engineering, as voted on by the senior class.

Mary Catherine Stovall - Neuroscience Faculty Award

Dr. Laura Schrader, Mary’s honor’s thesis advisor, describes Mary Catherine as “an outstanding student and person. She maintained a 3.7 GPA even while traveling on the Tulane track and cross-country teams during the fall and spring semesters. She is bright and motivated. She not only has a curious and thoughtful mind, she is one of the most focused and persistent students that I have had the pleasure to work with.”

Leah Vinay Vaidya - Faculty Award for Research in Psychological Science

Leah worked as a research assistant in Dr. Julie Markant’s Learning and Brain Development Lab and completed an Honors Thesis examining effects of socioeconomic status and developing selective attention skills on preschool children’s science skills. Leah received funding through the Honors program and was awarded best undergraduate poster presentation at the 2019 Tulane Health Sciences Research Days. After graduation Leah plans to continue working in a research lab before attending graduate school. 

Alexandra R. Verne - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project 

The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award for Senior Team Design Project is presented to the "Trach Tech" Team- Alexandra, Stephen, Michael, and Morgann. Awarded by BME faculty as the outstanding Senior Team Design Project  integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Helen Sonia Weierbach - Lawson Prize
Shane Evan Westerfer - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science is presented to Shane. In his studies Shane has always gone above and beyond the requirements. He completed the computer science program with a 4.0 GPA, joining a small group of less than 5% of our graduates who have achieved this score in the department’s history. 

Stephanie Yaxin Zhao - Leon H. Scherck Memorial Prize For Excellence In Engineering.

Senior biomedical engineering student Stephanie's enthusiasm, drive, and dedication enabled her to complete an open-ended biomanufacturing project in Dr. Moore’s Neural Microengineering Laboratory for an honors thesis.  In addition to an extraordinary academic record, she is a member of national honor societies, served as treasurer and president of Rotoract, is fluent in both English and Mandarin, and has conducted international service work and volunteered locally in healthcare. 

Stephanie Yaxin Zhao - The Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Senior Award 

The recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Senior Award is Stephanie. Stephanie was selected by the biomedical engineering faculty for her outstanding achievement in biomedical engineering studies

Newcomb-Tulane College and Center for Public Service

Center for Public Service 

The Leaders in Public Service Award

Ivanna Nicole Adams
Samuel Forest Beale
Maya Lee Childs
Sarah Rose Gerstel
Lela Alexis Hill
Madison Grant Kennedy
Kim Thien Lam
Kayla Michel McGruder
Andrew Dennia Ochola
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Root
Jessica Louise Rosenfeld
Hannah Elizabeth Russel
Miles Patrick Russo
Zahra Saifudeen
Clifford Morton Soloway
Joseph Nicholas Sotile
Aaliyah Michelle Stewart
Erica Lynn Taft
Mathew David Warsaw

 

Lela Alexis Hill - The Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Root - The Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award

 

Newcomb Tulane College

Haydyn Nicole Gibson - Student Athlete Award

Haydyn Gibson graduates with an impressive athletic record and an excellent 3.69 GPA. As a member of the Tulane Women’s Golf Team, Haydyn was a strong team member with consistent performance on the course and in the classroom all four years of her Tulane career. Haydyn also spent two years as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Upon graduation, Haydyn will begin an internship at National Collegiate Athletic Association headquarters. Haydyn said “everyone I worked with during my time at Tulane helped prepare me for this internship…and propel me into a career in intercollegiate athletics.”

Olivia Anne Johnson - Student Athlete Award 

Olivia Johnson graduates as one of the top swimmers in Tulane’s history. Her accomplishments include nine medal finishes at the American Athletic Conference Championships, including three gold medals, and three Tulane school records, while earning an excellent 3.5 GPA. In her final season, Olivia qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships, but was not able to compete due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fall Olivia will begin a dual MBA/MS in Sports Administration program at Ohio University.

 

The 2020 William Wallace Peery Society

The William Wallace Peery Society was established in 1964 by Mrs. Peery in memory of her husband, the late Dr. Peery, professor of English, and dean of the Tulane College of Arts and Sciences from 1955 to 1964. The Peery Society invites all Newcomb-Tulane College undergraduates receiving a magna or summa cum laude distinction, and membership is granted to the students who best embody Dr. Peery’s emphasis on depth and breadth of intellectual pursuit.

Andrew Jan Cerise
Emma Marks Conroy
Claire McGregor Demorest
Kendall Madison Gardner
Jonathan Herbert Gutmann
Olivia Grace Henderson
Grace Marie Hindmarch
Thomas T Huang
Danielle Kimberly Kulick
Arjun Sree Manoj
Isabel Morford-Cheibub
Dyllan Christopher Muller
Spencer Aaron Olesky
James Louis Rogers
Emmanuelle Ziva Rosenthal
Alex James Schimmoller
Pritika Sharma
Jacob Ian Shulman
Kiera Sky Torpie
Helen Sonia Weierbach
Yinghong Zhao

 

William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence

From the Peery Society, one student is chosen to receive The William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence, the highest academic honor conferred by Newcomb-Tulane College. The medal is awarded to the student who best embodies Dr. Peery’s emphasis on the importance of both depth and breadth of learning.

Yinghong Zhao

Newcomb-Tulane College Dean's Service Award

 
Victoria Costa - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Caroline Carothers - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Macy Komnick - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Chinwe Orie - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Bryant Nguyen - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Jon Krantz - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Kaitlyn Root - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Albert Howell - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Erika Rosner - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Abby Bennett - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Tal Sherman - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Olivia Hatton - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Tal Sherman - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Katie Rose Kenawell - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Katie Buynak - Academic Learning and Tutoring Center
Alex Schimmoller - Honors Program
Madeline Ninno - Honors Program
Sean Panish - NRTOC
Jack Gibbons- NRTOC
Isabella Mastendino- NRTOC
Celinda Chang - Office of Study Abroad
Claire Demorest - Academic Programs
Matthew Wu- Academic Programs
Sidney Shea- Academic Programs
Justin Reid- Academic Programs