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Senior Awards Ceremony 2021

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 43 minutes long and includes the Peery Society (the College's top academic honor). However, time stamps are included in the video's decription to help you navigate directly to the school or department whose awards you'd live to view.

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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 

Catherine Elizabeth Bateman - American Institute of Architects Louisiana Celebrate Architecture Scholarship

Catherine is awarded for her work in the Thesis Research course. Her work was unusual for the initiative shown in its exploration, the thoroughness of its research, and the strength of its insight in contributing to the discipline.

Anne Ballard Davis - American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal

Anne is honored with this award for general excellence in her architecture studies.

Anna Brigitte Deeg - Alpha Rho Chi Medal

Anna is recognized for this medal based on her leadership, service to the School, and professional promise.

Anna Brigitte Deeg - John William Lawrence Memorial Medal

Anna is presented with this award by the faculty of the School for design excellence.

Freeman School of Business 

Courtney Paige Barker - The Dean’s Service Award
Rachel Gabriel Bogin - The Dean’s Service Award
Katherine Ann Brosnan - The Dean’s Service Award
Joshua Brownstein - The Dean’s Service Award
Katherine Elizabeth Chapin - The BSM Scholastic Achievement Award
Katherine Elizabeth Chapin - The Dean’s Service Award
Katherine Elizabeth Chapin - The Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) Award

Katherine is in the top 10 percent of her class and has displayed exceptional intellectual ability, leadership, self-motivation, and a sense of responsibility to peers, the school, and the community.

Katherine Elizabeth Chapin - The Wall Street Journal Award
Madison Ann Richard Davis - The Dean’s Service Award
Sarah Heller Desatnik - The Dean’s Service Award
Angela Robin Dueppen - The Dean’s Service Award
Mandy A. Ennis - The Dean’s Service Award
Alexandra Alegre Ferre - The Dean’s Service Award
Nicolas Paredes Gomez - The BSM Scholastic Achievement Award
Katharine Ruth Juden - The Dean’s Service Award
Mary Alice Hill Juengling - The Dean’s Service Award
Mary Alice Hill Juengling - The Wall Street Journal Award
Joshua Liam Katz - The Dean’s Service Award
Kathlyn Eleni Kavadias - The Dean’s Service Award
Samuel Patrick Lalor - The Wall Street Journal Award
Alaa Nushrah Malik - The BSM Scholastic Achievement Award
Hunter Roch Mathas - The BSM Scholastic Achievement Award
Hunter Roch Mathas - The Wall Street Journal Award
Marissa Yvonne Meltzer - The Dean’s Service Award
Katherine Grace Morse - The Dean’s Service Award
Madeline Lori Muldoon - The Dean’s Service Award
Chandler Andrea Nguyen - The Dean’s Service Award
Claire Elise O'Neill - The Dean’s Service Award
Lucas Mateo Orjuela Cardenas - The BSM Scholastic Achievement Award
Lucas Mateo Orjuela Cardenas - The Wall Street Journal Awar
Chang Qin - The Wall Street Journal Award
Daniella Rachel Rabin - The Dean’s Service Award
Arya Harrington Rao - The Wall Street Journal Award
Brock M. Reardon - The Wall Street Journal Award
Mario Andres Rodriguez - The Dean’s Service Award
Nicole R. Rose - The Wall Street Journal Award
Matthew Gregory Shernicoff - The Wall Street Journal Award
Christopher Angelo Tracanna - The Wall Street Journal Award
Maohe Wang - The Wall Street Journal Award

School of Liberal Arts 

Isabella Charlotte Baff - The Excellence in Linguistics

Bella created outstanding work in her syntax class and her syntactic analyses were always flawless. Her contributions to her Historical Linguistics in spring were highly valuable, and her writing intensive assignments always very insightful.

Madyson Cynke' Barbain - The Jill Karp Prize for Dance: Choreography and Performance

Mady is a dedicated, talented and passionate student who showcased her steadfast intention toward professional work in the dance/performance world. Her performance talent exuded charismatic power in every showcase. Mady is consistently developing her creative voice and will no doubt choreograph, perform, and be part of wonderful and meaningful movement work after graduation.

Katarina Lucca Blakeslee - The Janice Torre Perkey Memorial Award for Excellence in Original or Creative Writing

Katarina (Kat) Blakeslee, along with Carson Sanders, created and chronicled innovative ways to produce Global Majority writers at Tulane. Their work "Live From the Lab: A Case Study of Audience Engagement and De-Centering of Whiteness in the Tulane University Play-reading Series” is to be published in Undergraduate Research in Theatre, Routledge Undergraduate Research Series. This summer, they present their findings for international educators and Association of Theatre in Higher Education.

Emma Soleil Brick-Hezeau - The Outstanding Scholar in Linguistics

Emma was one of only five students to have successfully deciphered the 'Dancing Men' code. The Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics is proud to present the program's highest waward for her outstanding performance.

Emma Soleil Brick-Hezeau - The Senior Scholar Award for Research in Economics

The Senior Scholar Award is given to the graduating student who has written the best honors thesis. Emma completed her thesis while double majoring in Economics and Linguistics and earning a cumulative GPA of 3.885. Emma made a significant research contribution by demonstrating how researchers may use existing sentiment analysis software and techniques in the context of audit field experiments, an innovation that expands the scope of data available for analysis.

Sofia Rose Brogno - The Award for Community Engagement in Environmental Studies

Sofia is receiving the Award for Community Engagement in Environmental Studies in recognition of her work with ongoing community environmental justice efforts in the local area. She has worked to analyze over 1000 public comments submitted to Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in opposition of a permit renewal for a landfill in Alsen, Louisiana.

Michaela Rose Brown - The Elizabeth Watts Award for Excellence in Biological Anthropology

Michaela has a genuine love of learning and all things anthropology. Her enthusiasm for the field led her to explore -and excel in- a wide range of courses but her real passion lies in biological anthropology. Michaela spent a summer studying primates in Costa Rica, an experience that resulted in a peer-reviewed publication. The department is excited to have her join their 4+1 MA program this fall.

Emma Bond Bruère - The Abraham Bauer Leadership Award

Emma is a dedicated and consistent educator. She excels in her education classes by leading discussions, challenging ideas, and promoting collaboration amongst her peers. Emma also often seeks opportunities to expand her awareness and knowledge on reaching the needs of all learners.

Elana Beth Bush - The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award in Two-Dimensional Art

The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award in 2D Art is awarded to an undergraduate student working in two-dimensional art. Elana has been a fixture in the photography concentration and during her tenure at Tulane, she has become tremendously skilled in both digital and traditional practices and used these skills to explore ideas around queerness, digital spaces, censorship, and isolation. Her BFA show, Crescent, is poignant and visually lush, documenting the empty poetic spaces of New Orleans with her medium format camera. The department is proud to present Elana with the Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award in 2D Art.

Andrew Calvin Cannata - The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics

The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics is given to the outstanding male Economics major. Andrew has maintained an outstanding academic record throughout his college career. While double majoring in Economics and Homeland Security Studies, Andrew earned an overall GPA of 4.0.

Sean Collin Carey - The Tulane Chinese Language Award

Sean displays high motivation and dedication to his study of the Chinese language and culture. He has been accepted to the Johns Hopkins Certificate program at Nanjing University to pursue International Politics and Chinese language.

Madeline Francis Cargill - The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Madeline was a student in the Law, Economics, & Policy track of the Murphy Institute. She acheived an overall GPA over 3.9 and a major GPA over 3.9.

Katherine LeClere Cartiglia - The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Katherine completed a BS in Physics and a BA in Political Economy on the Economics and Public Policy track. She achieved an overall GPA over 3.9 and wrote an honors thesis.

Katherine LeClere Cartiglia - The Murphy Institute Public Service Award

Katie is an engaged student and involved member of the New Orleans and Nashville communities. She worked with the Grow Dat Youth Farm and the Central Intelligence Agency and other various organizations to fundraise and increase engagement. She earned a seat on the Public Service Advisory Board for the Tulane Center for Public Service and the Executive Board for Outreach Tulane. The Murphy Institute is proud to present Katie with the Murphy Institute Public Service Award.

Morgan Brooke Cirker - The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter & Julie Kanter Award

Morgan displayed tenacity and spirit in her studies and studied hard to master the material in her classes. She is a mature intellectural and she is set to achieve many goals as she continues her studies.

Sloane Marcello Clay - The Excellence in Linguistics

Sloane is recognized for her exceptional performance in her "History of Writing' class in fall 2018.

Rebecca Anne Cormack - The French Government Prize

Throughout her four years at Tulane, Rebecca pursued the studies of two fields close to her heart: Public Health & Tropical Medicine and French. In addition to her hard work, she always sought out opportunities to learn more about French culture. Well-read and having a good command of the French language, Rebecca always enriched classroom discussions.

Meghan Jane Crowley - The John T. Krumpelmann Award

Meghan has had a stellar career in German studies while also majoring in political science- international relations, as well as minoring in music. She spent the fall semester of her junior year in Berlin, studying German politics and language. After graduation, Meghan plans to continue working with arts and culture, through either cultural policy development or arts and culture nonprofits.

Isabelle Rose Cunis - The Sally Reed Atkins Fund for Students of German Literature Award

Isabelle has excelled as a German minor while majoring in finance. She has also been an invaluable resource as a student worker in the department. Isabelle will soon begin a full-time position as a Business Analyst with the Brokerage Services and Support team at TIAA in Denver, Colorado.

Francesca Rose D'Angelo - The Stevie Dawson Memorial Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre While Overcoming Adversity

Francesca's BFA Thesis, "She Kills Monsters", is a beautiful and splendid work that showcases Francesca's talent. It was a challenging project entailing a set that included over seven distinct locations both in reality and fantasy worlds. She overcame a number of personal and professional challenges to create a fantastic and functional lighting environment that served the production perfectly.

Jered Robert Davidson - The William Bertrand Prize

Jered's interdisciplinary honors thesis focused on healthcare policy on a Native American reservation. He collaborated with his Anthropology advisor to create an innovative and original case study. Jered’s passion for the topic and the reservation’s residents sustained him through the research and writing of this nontraditional thesis.

Talon Jamese Dearborne - The Milton Latter Award for Best All-Around Contribution to the Department

The Milton Latter Award for Best All-Around Contribution to the Department recognizes a student who has distinguished themselves in a variety of areas within theatre study. A “triple-threat” actor/singer/dancer, Talon truly embodies this spirit. She excels at academics, technical production support, peer leadership and emotional assistance, and performance strength in all she is asked to embody. Talon has been a welcome addition to casts and classes alike, and has given back to the wider campus community as a student leader.

James Thomas DeCuir Jr. - The Jonathan E. Lorino Memorial Award

Jamison is the recipient of the Jonathan E. Lorino Memorial Award, the most prestigious prize awarded in the French Department. Jamison is an exceptional student, whose work has been meticulous and thorough beyond all expectation. His command of the French language is impressive. Moreover, as president of Tulane's Undergraduate French Association, he has spared no effort in promoting the French language and culture on campus.

James Thomas DeCuir Jr. - The Oscar Maas Prize

The Oscar Maas Prize recognizes exceptional essays written in French during the academic year. The French department has selected Jamison DeCuir for his essay on “Dandyism and Art for Art’s Sake” in two nineteenth-century French authors. His essay is exemplary for the scope of his topic, the strength of his argument, and the clarity of his expression. It also shows Jamison’s critical thinking and analytical skills as well as his exceptional command of French.

David Alexander Denman-Still - The Italian Government Prize

Starting with Elementary Italian, Alex has shown a strong motivation in studying Italian language and culture. In ITAL 3130, he did an excellent job transcribing an oral interview for the American Italian Cultural Center and conducting independent research on Italians in Louisiana. He has demonstrated great progress in mastering the language after studying abroad in Milan. He has continued to cultivate his skills in advanced classes, enhancing class discussions with valuable insights informed by his direct experience of Italian culture.

Kyla Alisha Denwood - The Research Award in Economics

Kyla has demonstrated outstanding research performance while double majoring in Economics and International Development and earning an overall GPA of 3.719. While managing a team of research assistants for an NSF-grant-funded project, Kyla completed an interdisciplinary honors thesis that draws from economics, econometrics, and international development to study youth labor market outcomes in Uganda. In addition, Kyla is authoring a separate research paper assessing discrimination in access to mental health care.

Kyla Alisha Denwood - The Anthony F. and Mary Anne Corasaniti Award

Kyla is a committed researcher on the topic of African politics and development. Her thesis is a thoughtful analysis of how social capital affects youth (un)employment in Uganda. She assisted Tulane professors with research on Kenya and was recently nominated to apply to the Gaither Junior Fellows Program with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Zaidmara Teresa Diaz - The Louis Bush Medal

Zaidmara is a bright, sensitive, and mature student who displays great intellectual curiosity. She has a calm, even-keeled disposition, which allows her to stay focused on her goals. As Co-President of the French Undergraduate Association, she has successfully promoted the French language and culture among Tulane undergraduates. In recognition of her passion for the French language and her strong work ethic, the department is pleased to present Zaidmara with the Louis Bush Medal.

Makenna Dykstra - The Henry Clay Stier Award in English

The Henry Clay Stier Award in English is given to the outstanding graduating student in the department. Makenna has maintained an outstanding academic record throughout her college career by earning an overall GPA of 4.0. The deparment is proud to present Makenna with the Henry Clay Stier Award in English.

Robert Dylan Enright - The Mathematical Economics Award

The Mathematical Economics Award is given to the student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics majors who also had a significant concentration in mathematics. Rob has earned an overall GPA of 3.793 while double majoring in Economics and Mathematics.

Samantha Bartlett Evers - The Tulane Japanese Language Award

Sami is recognized for her dedication to the Kaiwa Club. She was also selected as the US reporter for the Japanese News Show, 7-Day Broadcasters, for their special report on "Generation Z."

Courtney Lauren Fatigato - The Eamon Kelly Prize

Courtney is a rigorous scholar who continuously seeks to excel, even when she has the highest remarks. She has been a pleasure to teach in several courses and has demonstrated a solidly outstanding performance in all aspects of her work.

Leo E. Fine - The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award in Three-Dimensional Art

The Newcomb Art Department awards the Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award in 3D Art each year to an undergraduate student working in three-dimensional art. Leo is a dedicated, hard-working and creative artist. He uses clear glass optics and traditional glass working techniques to create sculptures that represent both prehistoric and modern lifeforms and show the biological mechanisms that connect life together. Leo sees sculpting natural forms in clear glass akin to sculpting in light and his work challenges us to think differently. The department is proud to present Leo with the Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award in 3D Art.

Abby Samantha Gluckman - The Minnette L. Starts Award for Excellence in Dance

Abby is a beautiful and thoughtful dancer with a tenacious spirit and a commitment to excellence. She has excelled in every aspect of her dance studies. She has proven to be an exceptional leader and an extraordinary student with the Newcomb Dance Company and Newcomb Dance Program.

Abby Samantha Gluckman - The Jill Karp Prize for Dance: Choreography and Performance

Abby is a kind and intelligent spirit. She has grown exponentially in rigor and tenacity across multiple roles and styles. In rehearsals, she is a thoughtful and engaged leader for her own choreography and for others. On stage, she demonstrates fully embodied performance. Given her kind, intelligent spirit, we look forward to how Abby integrates her many talents into the world.

Kira Florence Goeking - The International Development Paper Prize 

Kira did a wonderful job on her thesis on the International Criminal Court (ICC). Her thesis was well organized and based on solid research. It included a thorough literature review, a case study, and an ambitious policy proposal for reforming the ICC.

Madeline Lily Grills - The Sarah I. Nadler Award

Maddie studied Music Composition and Digital Meida Practices, as well as Gender and Sexuality Studies during her time at Tulane. She completed her honors thesis on the relationships between music, narrative, and visual elements through the creation her own narrative musical score on teh subject of processing grief. After graduation, Maddie will spend her summer at the Atlantic Music Festival’s composition program before applying to graduate school for scoring music for film and television. The Music Department is proud to present Maddie with the Sarah I. Nadler Award.

Sarah Elizabeth Guggemos - The Donald Pizer Award in American Literature

Sarah's essay on Jesmyn Ward’s third novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Barry Jenkins Moonlight, for a course with Professor Terrefe, investigates how a foundational violence against Black bodies creates ongoing carceral conditions for Black life in the U.S. She was a leading contributor in Professor Baldwin’s seminar “Feminism in Trumplandia,” and her short essay on the politics of resilience argues elegantly and persuasively that contemporary forms of American culture help to shape femininity in terms that atomize and individualize women, thereby making collective feminist action more difficult to fathom. The department is proud to present Sarah with the Donald Pizer Award in American Literature.

Christa Guillory - The John T. Krumpelmann Award

Christa has excelled in German studies while also majoring in neuroscience. It is her hope to go to medical school after graduating and participate in the Air Force’s Health Professionals Scholarship Program.

Sophia Alexandria Gutierrez - The Ernest Henry Riedel Classical Studies Prize

Sophia is a skillful reader, a gifted writer, and someone who lifts up the energy of every class or group she participates in. She knows how to communicate her great interest in Classics to other students and draw them into the field. She has been as co-chair of the undergraduate Classics club and was a part of the first SLA student advisory board.

Lindsay Ella Mae Hardy - The Marilyn Brown Award for Outstanding Art History Major

The Marilyn Brown Award for Outstanding Art History Major is given to the top performing art history major by GPA. Lindsay receives this award for both her excellent performance in her art history classes, as well as her significant research and writing achievements in her honors thesis, “The Casa Group: Confronting Tradition and Modernism Through Art in Post Protectorate Morocco,” which argues that the artists and teachers of the School of Fine Arts in Casablanca (the “Casa Group”) actively valorized Moroccan culture, and therefore Moroccan national identity. The department is proud to present Lindsay with the Marilyn Brown Award for Outstanding Art History Major.

Kimberly Wangari Heaven - The Senior Essay Prize

In addition to earning the highest GPA in Africana Studies of all of our graduating seniors, Kimberly wrote two papers that were singled out for distinction among our faculty. Reflecting her interests at the intersection of Africana Studies and Psychology, Kimberly’s papers “The Association of Ethnic-Racial Socialization and African American Adolescents' Mental Health Outcomes” and “Social Media and Belongingness in African American College Students” were both nominated for this award.

Alecia Lynn Hodges - The Zora Neale Hurston Prize in African Diaspora Studies

Presenting a deftly argued and superbly written interdisciplinary exegesis, Alecia's essay, "Criminal Perceptions of Black Womanhood in Jacob's Incidents” is the winner of this year’s Zora Neale Hurston Prize in African Diaspora Studies. Tracing the theoretical, juridical, and phenomenological aspects of Black women’s bondage in Harriet Jacob’s 'Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,' Alecia’s essay analyzes the historical constructions of racialized criminality and punishment evidenced in contemporary modes of captivity. Reading the ideological foundations of racial discourse tethered to reproductive violence—from the slave estate of the antebellum period to the carceral state in the age of mass incarceration—Alecia’s paper galvanizes Jacob’s fugitivity as both exemplar of Black women’s resistance and evidence of how violence overdetermines and maintains systems of power.

Alecia Lynn Hodges - The Virginia Gleaves Lazarus Memorial Award

Alecia’s final paper presents a deftly argued and superbly written interdisciplinary exegesis. Tracing the theoretical, juridical, and phenomenological aspects of Black women’s bondage in Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Alecia’s essay analyzes the historical constructions of racialized criminality and punishment evidenced in contemporary modes of captivity. Reading the ideological foundations of racial discourse tethered to reproductive violence—from the slave estate of the antebellum period to the carceral state in the age of mass incarceration—Alecia’s paper galvanizes Jacob’s fugitivity as both exemplar of Black women’s resistance, and evidence of how violence overdetermines and maintains systems of power.

Stephanie Marie Holden - The Latin American Studies Prize

Stephanie pursued a joint major in Spanish and Portuguese, achieving advanced proficiency in both languages. While at Tulane, she took a wide variety of classes, including seminars on the Jewish Latin American experience, Latinx performance, Afro-Brazilian culture, and Central American literature. She excelled in all of her classes, distinguishing herself as a dedicated student, enthusiastic class participant, and superb writer.

Natalie Holderbaum - The N. Frank Ukadike Award for Excellence in Media Studies

Natalie is an exemplary student whose written work consistently demonstrates a precise, articulate, and conceptually sophisticated understanding of course material. Her insightful contributions in class discussion productively contribute to other students’ learning. She tackles difficult material with aplomb, takes on research tasks with care and inquisitiveness, and is one of our best students.

Jared Gabriel Imber - The Latin American Studies Prize

Jared has excelled in his cultural and literary studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He exhibits that intellectual curiosity common to our best students along with an enthusiastic approach to learning as well as excellent Spanish language skills. After graduation Jared plans to attend medical school in Houston where he will use his Spanish skills and knowledge of Latin America to help serve Hispanic communities in the area.

John Theron Kanzler - The Anne Butler Hesse Award

Jack has mastered some of the toughest technical material in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and other areas. He combines deep insight into arguments with an ability to raise interesting objections and give creative new positions of his own. His enjoyment of thinking carefully and his perceptive intellect help others see the complexity and value of philosophical thought. The department is proud to present Jack with the Anne Butler Hesse Award.

Rachel Kathryn Kirkwood - The Senior Achievement Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing

In her senior year, Rachel produced two excellent short stories, “Landfill” and “Leo Season,” both of which are extremely confident, withering, precise, and complex. She has also written an honors thesis in creative nonfiction in which she explores the meaning and resonance of places in New Orleans through her astute powers of observation and contemplation. The department is proud to present Rachel with the Senior Achievement Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing.

Eliana Tova Klein - The Arden King Award for Excellence in Anthropology

Eliana is recognized for her breadth of knowledge in the study of representation, art, and archaeology, and her fluency with topics as diverse as ethnographic writing, postcolonial thought, material culture studies, historical linguistics, and environmental anthropology. Ellie will stay here at Tulane for the 4+1 M.A. program in anthropology after her B.A. graduation in 2021.

Addison Grace Kleinpeter - The Anne Butler Hesse Award

Addie's creativity, drive, and exceptional intellect shine through her presentations, discussion, and writing in diverse philosophic areas. Addie consistently brought important insights and a sense of joy to philosophy seminars. Her professors particularly recognize her for being intellectually curious, philosophically savvy, and genuinely interested in pursuit of the truth.

Katherine Louise Kushner - The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science

Kate is an outstanding student. Her honors thesis was particularly impressive. One of her readers said that "she did an exceptional job, basically teaching herself how to program Stata and how to run a duration model in order to explore winnowing in the 2020 Democratic primaries." The department is proud to present Kate with the Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science.

Fabiana Lacau - The Department of English Prize for Citizenship

Fabi’s dedication to community has been evident throughout her work on behalf of incarcerated people and their families through the Newcomb Prison Project, the Ban the Box project, and the LA Justice Promise Initiative; in her service to other students as a Peer Health Educator; and by supporting other student-activists as a CPS Solidarity Fellow and Community Engagement Advocate. She is an outstanding citizen of the department’s intellectual community as professors note that she is “a brilliant joy to have in class." In her senior thesis, she analyzes national memory, political passivity, and our fetishization of the US Presidency. Fabi exemplifies the highest standard of humanities research that seeks to foster more just and empowered communities.

Maxwell Hunter Landy - The Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies

Max is receiving the Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies in recognition of his invaluable contributions to increasing sustainability on campus and in the broader community. As a co-founder of Glass Half Full, Max has worked tirelessly to create actionable solutions to major environmental needs such as recycling glass in New Orleans.

Murell Levine - The Sandra “Sandy” Chism Memorial Award in Painting

This award honors former Associate Professor Sandy Chism who taught Painting / Drawing from 1996-2012. Murell is this year's recipient for her exceptional commitment to painting. For Murell, the relationship between painting and life seem inseparable, partly due to the amount of time she spends in studio; but one also gets the sense that she carries that curiosity and excitement from the studio into the outside world as well. We have enjoyed watching her paintings evolve into a body of work so informed, yet personal. The department is pleased to select Murell for this year’s Sandy Chism Memorial Award and look forward to seeing her paintings continue to develop.

Grant Thomas Little - The Outstanding Student in Sociology

Grant is an excellent student. His professors were impressed by his easy grasp of the material, genuine curiosity, and ability to think synthetically and creatively across theorists and apply ideas to real-world situations. The department is proud to present Grant with the Outstanding Student in Sociology award.

Joseph Antony Mampilly - The Montgomery History Award

Joey is a diligent and high-performing student. According to Prof. Sparks, his work on legal history was creative, well-researched, and written in impeccable prose. The Department of History recongizes his outstanding scholarship.

Hailey Dean Mandel - The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award

Hailey is a kind and eager student that is ready to discuss any topic. She is an excellent writer, and willing to tackle difficult subjects and demonstrate a nuanced thesis. The Department of Jewish Studies is proud to present Hailey with the Dr.Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award.

Emily Jane Maranets - The Iberian Studies Prize

Emily's enthusiasm about the study of Spanish language, literature, and culture is infectious. She is always eager to share her vast knowledge about the Spanish language and the history of Spain, much of which she acquired while studying abroad in Madrid before the pandemic. Her research papers are always first-rate on topics that sometimes span the Atlantic, including the linguistic relationship between Castilian and Quechua in the seventeenth-century work by Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala.

Shalley Aileene Marshall - The Russian Student Award and Book Prize for Achievement in Russian Language

Graduating with a dual degree in Russian and psychology, Shalley has shown exceptional dedication to all aspects of Russian language study. Always attentive and engaged, Shalley brought a strong commitment to learning and unfailing enthusiasm for Russian culture. Her critical thinking skills and work ethic were combined with a cooperative spirit that energized the department’s classes. The Russian program is thrilled to honor Shalley's work.

Emily Virginia Matta - The Excellence in Linguistics

Emily aided the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana in their efforts to revitalize their formerly sleeping language. Additionally, she taught tribal youth about insects and their habitats in Tunica. Her work will be accessible for generations of Tunica learners to come.

Hannah Mary Angela May - The Phi Mu Award

Hannah is a poised, conscientious, and enthusiastic student. Her thesis director writes that Hannah's journey from resercher to writer to collaborater is inspiring and impressive. Hannah is so passionate and diligent about her studies. The department is proud to present Hannah with the Phi Mu Award.

Hannah Mary Angela May - The Luso-Brazilian Studies Prize

Hannah receives the Luso-Brazilian Prize as recognition for her impressive command of the Portuguese language, her enthusiastic participation in campus activities exploring Lusophone culture, and her original research on a variety of topics, including the history of Brazilian soccer, a sport that she loves. During the summer of 2019, Hannah participated in the Tulane Summer Program in São Paulo, where she further developed her Portuguese language skills and explored the rich cultural offerings of the city, including the famous avantgarde theater group, Teatro Oficina. Back at Tulane, she wrote a splendid research paper on the Teatro Oficina and its milestone staging of the play 'O rei da vela' in 1967.

Grant L. Miller - The Russian Book Prize for Achievement in Russian Language

Graduating with a dual degree in Russian and political science, Grant has shown outstanding abilities in multiple academic disciplines. His commitment to Russian language study has continued beyond his coursework to an interest in global political questions. Grant has successfully combined his coursework with a detailed study of contemporary politics relating the United States to global powers such as Russia and China. The Russian program wishes Grant further success in his application of skills and knowledge gained at Tulane.

Paige Elizabeth Montfort - The S. Walter Stern 1905 Memorial

Paige is an outstanding writer who conducted an incredibly comprehensive literature review as well as interviews with advocates and scholars in both countries. Her thesis analyzed the healthcare challenges facing migrant farmworkers in the US and Canada.

Paige Elizabeth Montfort - The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science

Paige is a smart, conscientious, and hardworking student. She navigated the IRB process to obtain approval to conduct her honors thesis research and her thesis advisor describes the final product as on par with a Master's thesis. The department is proud to present Paige with the Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science.

Riley Grace Moran - The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize

Riley is an exemplary student, one who is fully engaged, curious, and devoted to her work. She worked as a research assistant at CIPR and co-authored an article published in the Journal of International Affairs with Professor Moises. She completed her honors thesis titled: “Unladylike: Political Participation and White Womanhood in Southern Gothic Literature.” 

Samantha Diane Morin - The Elizabeth "Lib" Delery Award for Outstanding Dance Students

Samantha, is a vibrant, spirited dancer that fully exerts her energy and heartwarming personality to dance and to pursuit of a career in medicine. She is an effervescent performer contributing to Newcomb Dance Program’s concert programming, to the New Orleans dance community as Pelicans Dance Team member, and as a community builder. The department is proud to present Samantha with the Elizabeth "Lib" Delery Award for Outanding Dance Students.

Adam Ayal Morris - The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Adam studied Political Economy and Environmental Studies and achieved an overall GPA over 3.9. He earned a major GPA over 3.9 while compleiting the Moral and HIstorical Perspectives track of the Murphy Institute.

Juan Alejandro Finnegan Olarte-Cortes - The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication

Juan is an astute critic of oppression. He is a dedicated student-scholar who brings his knowledge of texts to classroom discussions and research. He has a remarkable record of extra-curricular activities, including writing for the mainstream news media. He has been active in Latinx student groups and founded Tulane’s Filipino Student Association. The department is proud to present Juan with the The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication.

Claire Elise O'Neill - The French Government Prize

During her French studies at Tulane as well as during the four-week summer program in Paris, Claire has shown a deep interest in French literature, history, and culture. Due to her good command of the French language and her highly analytical approach to text and film, she was often able to take classroom discussion to the next level.  

Quinlan Forster Plischke - The Abraham Bauer Leadership Award

Quin is an exceptional, conscientious student who goes above and beyond to make her peers feel appreciated and validated. She excels in her education courses and often seeks opportunities to expand her awareness and knowledge of teaching in her content area and reaching the needs of all learners.

Reina Kawasaki Protzel - The Marilyn Brown Award for Senior Honors Scholar

The Marilyn Brown Senior Honors' Scholar award is given to a student who has completed an honor thesis in art history. Reina has been an outstanding student throughout her time at Tulane. Her honors thesis, “The AIDS Epidemic in the United States: The Artistic Response,” examines three artworks created in response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990 within the contexts of politics and postmodern theory, while deftly pointing to similar, contemporary issues surrounding the epidemic of COVID-19.

Janie Qiu - The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics

The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics is given to the student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics majors. Janie has maintained an outstanding academic record throughout her academic career. While double majoring in Economics and Psychology and minoring in Public Health, Janie earned an overall GPA of 4.0.

Venu Venkatapuram Reddy - The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize

Venu is the receipient of the Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize for his seminar paper about the rise of contemporary indigenous activism and its relationship to Native Hawaiian protests and sovereignty movements. Prof. Lipman praised Mr. Reddy’s superb analysis and research, which was matched with elegant prose and a thoughtful thesis.

Annabelle Henley Reese - The Class of 1903 Shakespeare Prize

Annabelle balances text and context to analyze how anti-Black racism and patriarchy work in tandem in Shakespeare's play. Her piece 'Our General's Wife is Now the General': The Convergence of Stereotypes in Othello" is clearly written and carefully developed. The paper represents the best of the Shakespeare essays written by our students.

Lucy Esther Rice - The Elizabeth "Lib" Delery Award for Outstanding Dance Students

Lucy is a gifted writer, artist, and scholar. She performed with the Newcomb Dance Company multiple times and always stood out for her understated grace. Lucy’s essays reveal a sophisticated level of analysis and an excellent ability to unearth interesting insights. We know that she will use her gifts, curiosity, and passion for knowledge to excel in whatever direction she takes. The department is proud to present Lucy with the Elizabeth "Lib" Delery Award for Outstanding Dance Students.

Ethan Michael Rite - The Judah Touro Medal Prize

Ethan is a natural philologist and a scholar of unlimited potential. No one has ever asked more challenging questions about the Greek language than him. His linguistic ability, whether cultivated on his own or in a classroom community, is truly remarkable. His primary academic interest is linguistics, and he has proved himself to be an extraordinary student in Latin and Greek.

Ethan Michael Rite - The Excellence in Linguistics

Ethan employed his strong background in the Spanish language to create a deep adn abiding interest in the languages and writing systems of Precolumbian Mexico and Guatemala, especially Ch'orti' Mayan and Classic Mayan hieroglyphic writing. He was a superb student and an active participant in linguistics program activities.

Katherine Elaine Rose - The International Development Prize 

Kate showcases a great potential to make a significant contribution to international development both at home and abroad. In particular, she strives to improve conditions for asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants via design-thinking, art, culture, language, and education. She combines her many talents – in the fields of academics, linguistics, and art – to help migrants’ social insertion in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Paris. She is currently working on finding employment in that very sphere.

Emily Rachel Ross - The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science

Emily is writing a thoughtful analysis of the factors associated with nonprofit organizations’ success in influencing policy, looking at the importance of institutional factors and policy conflict. Her study draws on interviews with nonprofit employees and reviews of internal documents and was inspired by her past and ongoing work in the nonprofit sector.

Abigail B. Rubinshteyn - The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science

Abigail is an outstanding student. Her academic accomplishments include perfect exam scores, very strong essays, and serious engagement with service-learning and other projects. Her independent research on media narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was exceptionally well researched and written. She excelled in her coursework and in the 2019 Mandel-Palagye program.

Benjamin Gustave Rundbaken - The Italian Government Prize

Ben represents the example of an educated and dedicated student. During the years of his Italian major he distinguished himself for his passion and fluency in Italian, paired with a sharp analytical mind. In all his works and research Ben showed a deep and consistent interest in the Italian culture, before and after his experience of study abroad in Italy.

John Taylor Sandefur - The Alcée Fortier Memorial Prize 

John is smart, dedicated, and intellectually curious. He often ventures beyond what is being taught in the classroom, supplementing the given readings with his own research. His vast knowledge of literature, philosophy, and languages make him a truly impressive peer. The department is pleased to recognize his accomplishments by awarding him the Alcée Fortier Memorial Prize, named in honor of one of Tulane’s most illustrious language professors.

Carson Claudia Sanders - The Janice Torre Perkey Memorial Award for Excellence in Original or Creative Writing

Carson, along with Katarina (Kat) Blakeslee, created and chronicled innovative ways to produce Global Majority writers at Tulane. Their case study "Live From the Lab: A Case Study of Audience Engagement and De-Centering of Whiteness in the Tulane University Play-reading Series” is to be published in Undergraduate Research in Theatre, Routledge Undergraduate Research Series. This summer, they present their findings for international educators and Association of Theatre in Higher Education.

Rachel Emily Sarch - The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter & Julie Kanter Award

Rachel's research during the Mandel-Palagye Summer Program in the Middle East attracted special attention thanks to its fine analysis. She is one of the department's most original thinkers and produces first-tier work.

Samantha Felice Saunders - The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter & Julie Kanter Award

Samantha studied how issues of gender and power affect ancient narratives. She is a passionate student who is always willing to argue her point of view in class. Her studies on biblical texts were insightful and thought-provoking.

Russell Franklin Scaife - The Sarah I. Nadler Award

Russell displayed a great deal of talent and an incredible desire and ability to learn during his time at Tulane. He possesses incredible musicality, sensitivity, and quite formidable technique. Russel has developed a high level of stage presence that has helped him to perform at numerous concerts, including the Midday Concert at Tulane, as well as the evening recitals. He is a goal-oriented and talented musician who will be purusing a musical career. The Music Department is proud to present Russell with the Sarah I. Nadler Award.

Madeleine Rose Sears - The International Development Prize 

Madeleine has shown true commitment to applied development through her work in the United States and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Among others, she served as an advocate for refugees and assisted them with medical care and resettlement under the auspices of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, in the summer of 2019. In addition, while on her semester abroad in South Africa, she helped provide medical care to township communities. This past year, she has been deeply involved with the COVID-19 public health response in New Orleans, with a focus on combatting disparities affecting the African-American community in the area.

Simenesh Semine - The Felipe Smith, Jr. Award for Excellence in Africana Studies

Singled out as a stellar student by all of the Africana Studies faculty who had the opportunity to teach her, Simenesh is an impressive and stellar student. She is deeply engaged with the course material, committed to serious discussion of complicated issues, and generous and respectful in working with her peers. In the words of one nominator, Simenesh is an ideal candidate for the Felipe Smith, Jr. award because of the clear demonstration of “her sense that the work of the Program was a shared enterprise among us all--faculty, students and others on campus who care about what Black Studies can be.” 

Cori Shalit - The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter & Julie Kanter Award

Cori is a star student who was always ready to debate, argue, and analyze. She is a published author in the Americna and Israeli press on issues of importance to Jewish women everywhere. Cori balanced her time between campus activities and the classroom, and she embodied the best Tulanian traditions.

Caroline Jean Slagle - The Lydia Frotscher Award

Caroline's extraordinary essay links Alcott’s treatment of female subjectivity to neo-confessional poetry and prose by 21st-Century women writers, tracing the project of anti-Cartesian, anti-capitalist feminist narrative back to the 19th-Century. Her work showcases intellectual ambition, deep argument development, and complexity as it proceeds. In the words of one contest judge, this is “a brilliant paper." The department is proud to present Caroline with the Lydia Frotscher Award.

Michaela Slapak - The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics

The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics is given to the student with the highest GPA among all graduating Economics majors. Grace has maintained an outstanding academic record throughout her academic career. While double majoring in Economics and Social Policy & Practice and minoring in Psychology and Philosophy, Grace earned an overall GPA of 4.0.

Michaela Slapak - The The Senior Scholar Award for Research in Economics

The Senior Scholar Award is given to the graduating student who has written the best honors thesis. Grace completed her thesis while earning a cumulative GPA of 4.0. She made a significant research contribution by constructing an original signaling game to illustrate how simple electoral incentives can lead simultaneously to the over-incarceration of minors and the disproportionate re-election of election-motivated judges.

Christine Sterkel - The French Government Prize

The French Government Prize honors students who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the study of French and exceptional proficiency in the language. Hope is a highly motivated student, with a strong command of French and a great talent in oral communication. In her written assignments, from brief response papers to in-depth research, she displays attention to detail and critical thinking skills. She is, moreover, mature, open-minded, and caring.

Eric Anthony Strain - The Outstanding Service in Gender and Sexuality Studies Award

The Outstanding GESS Service Award honors a graduating major who exemplifies the principles of the field of Gender and Sexuality Studies through their extraordinary dedication to service in the community. This year the award goes to Eric in recognition of their work with SAGE-NOAGE (New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders). As a service-learner in GESS 3500, Eric worked with the organization to create a resource guide. They stayed involved as an intern after the term ended, compiling and publishing the guide on the SAGE-NOAGE website. As one faculty member put it, “Eric's dedication to the project after the term was the final push needed to get the guide out into the world.”

Evan Nicholas Strauss - The Italian Government Prize

Throughout the Italian major curriculum and with solid consistency, Evan showed singular dedication and passion for the Italian language program, standing out for his close examination of and critical insights into the material studied. He always enriched and fostered a constructive dialogue with his peers and professors. His passion was particularly evident in his courses on Italian Cinema and Italian Identity, where he demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues at stake in complex and elaborate texts.

Stefan Luis Suazo - The Murphy Institute Public Service Award

Stefan is an excellent student and a strong civic leader. He is fully engaged with his community, as evidenced by his campaign for a school board position and his work as a volunteer firefighter. His active participation in local government demonstrates a commitment to improving communities by taking the concept of public service seriously and seeking to have a direct effect on the political dimensions of his social and economic environments. The Murphy Institute is proud to present Stefan with the Murphy Institute Public Service Award.

Aubry Christine Tedford - The Outstanding Student in Sociology

Aubry is an outstanding, diligent, and intellectually curious student that reflects the very best of our training. She is among the best RAs in the department and excelled despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Aubry's perfect GPA in sociology demonstrates her high performance in the subject. The department is proud to present Aubry with the Outstanding Student in Sociology award.

Emily Elizabeth Thompson - The A. Studio in the Woods Residency

Emily has written a short story collection, “Ugly Good,” for her honors thesis that shows remarkable range and a consistently exciting voice. She is a brilliant portraitist whose writing is full of apt details, acidic humor, and arresting insights. The department is proud to present Emily with the A Studio in the Woods Residency prize.

Alexandra Ann Tighe - The Chi Omega Prize in History

Alexandra is an exceptional student. Her professors applaud her innovative work and her wide breadth of interests. Prof. McMahon, who has collaborated with Alexandra for three years, praised her for her work ethic and passion for historical research.

Alexandra Ann Tighe - The Iberian Studies Prize

Alexandra is an exceptional student. She displayed excellent skills not only in communicating and writing in Spanish, but in thinking about textual materials. Her literary analysis and opinions were keen and clever, shaped by a profound preoccupation for community and human life related issues. Alex is a very organized and dedicated student with remarkable disposition and abilities for research and academic studies.

Renée Marie Trepagnier - The Robert Wauchope Award for Excellence in Anthropology

Renée has excelled in her coursework in anthropology, archaeology, classics, and other fields. Her honors thesis in anthropology and classical studies considers Minoan mortuary rituals and tombs on Crete as clues about concepts of gender and personhood during the Aegean Bronze Age. Renee will continue to pursue her interests in the archaeology of the Mediterranean world in graduate school after her graduation from Tulane.

Renée Marie Trepagnier - The George H. Terriberry Classical Prize

Renée is a first-class student: bright, incredibly precocious, passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and humble. Her work demonstrates her rare fascination for the intertwining of different types of evidence, when it comes to reconstructing ancient societies. Renée has demonstrated time and again a clear understanding of how complex it is to create, test, and refine a methodology to reconstruct antiquity. Because of this, she is on a trajectory to be an excellent scholar of the next generation.

Kendra Claire Valerius - The Dale Edmonds Prize

Kendra's short story is "marvelous and splendid," as noted by Dale Edmonds, emertirus faculty. It has concrete details, insights into the human condition, details on ineradicable pain. The story's shaggy monster nature is one of its great strengths. The department is proud to present Kendra with the Dale Edmonds Prize.

Emily Margaret Voges - The Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award

Emily has had a very impressive academic career at Tulane. In May, she will graduate with a Master’s degree in accounting, a Bachelor’s degree in finance, and a double minor in German and legal studies. After graduating, she will begin her career in audit with Ernst & Young in Houston.

Henry L. Walther - The Class of 1935 - Ned Putzell Memorial Prize

Henry is a 2020 Truman Scholar who served as the president and founder of the College Democrats of Louisiana and as the Deputy National Political Director of the National College Democrats of America this year. He volunteered with the LGBT+ Archives Project and with a wide set of political campaigns and, during all of this, he drafted an authorized biography of Moon Landrieu. Henry graduated a semester early and he is currently working full-time on the biography and volunteering with a variety of political causes.

Mark Samuel Winokur - The Iberian Studies Prize

Mark is an exceptional student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His professors all comment on his passion for learning, his enthusiasm for intellectual challenges, and his outstanding Spanish skills. He has a remarkable ability to hone in on the most interesting or puzzling points of a text, and to develop complex historical and literary arguments, a skill that will undoubtedly serve him well in his future career in law.

Halley Rebecca Wolin - The Newcomb College Award in Economics

The Newcomb College Award in Economics is given to the outstanding female Economics major. Halley has maintained an outstanding academic record. While obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minoring in Spanish and Political Science, Halley earned an overall GPA of 4.0.

Lydia Ruth Woolley - The Pierce Butler Prize for Excellence in English

Lydia is an extraordinary studen. Her insights are fresh and original, her research skills are nonpareil, and her arguments are not only eloquently expressed but incisively address major debates within the scholarly literature. She works carefully from the smallest linguistic details of a text to its broader social and philosophical concerns. She understands that literature is not simply a representational medium: she is fascinated by the inability of language to deliver stable meaning, the problematics of authorial control and readerly freedom, and the ideological functions of genre.

Lydia Ruth Woolley - The Pi Sigma Alpha Award

Lydia’s bright intelligence, her intellectual curiosity, and her advanced research abilities made her a pleasure to work with during last year’s Mandel-Palagye Program. Lydia challenges herself and others by going beyond class material and asking questions demanding true critical thinking. Her final paper reflected her determination, focus, and superior research skills as she navigated the IRB process, interviewed stakeholders on the ground, and wrote an excellent paper.

Claire Suzanne Wynne - The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy

Claire completed an honors thesis on the Law, Economics, & Policy track and earned a major GPA over 3.9. Additionally, she completed minors in International Development and Business and earned an overall GPA over 3.9.

Claire Suzanne Wynne - The Murphy Institute Public Service Award

Claire is an involved student through her work with SAPHE (Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education) and the Tulane University Office of University Sexual Misconduct Response & Title IX Administration. She co-created and produced over fifteen episodes of the Sex Unspoken podcast, dedicated to creating dialogue around sex, hook up culture, sexual assault, and college life. The Murphy Institute is proud to present Claire with the Murphy Institute Public Service Award.

Sarah Yaghi - The Outstanding Senior in Gender and Sexuality Studies Award

The Outstanding GESS Senior award honors a graduating major selected by the core faculty in recognition of academic excellence in the field of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Faculty describe Sarah as “an exceptionally talented thinker with a generous demeanor” and praise her ability to “move between science and the humanities,” making “keen cross-disciplinary connections.” They also extol her work as a grader in the GESS 1900 class this year, noting that “she went above and beyond in her attention to detail, care for students, and fairness.”

Sarah Yaghi - The Sally Reed Atkins Fund for Students of German Literature Award

Sarah is an international student from Lebanon double majoring in cell & molecular biology and gender & sexuality studies. She has also had a stellar career as a German minor. Sarah has studied abroad in Berlin as well as in Edinburgh and is planning on attending medical school next year.

Lillie Madeline Yalowitz - The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter & Julie Kanter Award

Lillie mastered big swaths of Jewish Studies by overcoming difficult texts from thousands of years of history. She is a great writer and thinker who impressed the faculty with her talent and work habits.

Mikayla Glenn Zeitlin - The Oscar Maas Prize

The second Oscar Maas Prize goes to Mikayla for her essay on a twentieth-century play, “Antigone,” which she reads astutely through Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist philosophy. Does literature have any power? Is it real, parodic, or political? And what does it mean to be socially engaged today? Through questions such as these, Mikayla not only illuminates the literary text itself but also makes it relevant to the present moment.

David Bernard Ziman - The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy  

David achieved a major GPA over 3.9 in the Law, Economics, & Policy track. He also completed a second major in Computer Science and a minor in Real Estate Management and compiled an overall GPA over 3.9.

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Lily Hannah Edelstein - The Dean's Undergraduate Public Health Scholastic Award    

This award is given to the graduating BSPH senior with the highest GPA. Lily is graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She demonstrated outstanding academic achievement while pursuing a major in Public Health and minor in US Public Policy. The undergraduate public health studies program is proud to present Lily with the Dean's Undergraduate Public Health Scholastic award.       

Didi Chidubem Chiselli Ikeji - The Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Student Service and Volunteerism Award

The Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Student Service and Volunteerism Award is given to an individual who has performed exceptional service within Tulane University or in the community. Didi has put others before herself, and her work has made a big difference to Tulane, New Orleans, and the greater community. The variety of her activities contributing to student life on campus and to the community represent the genuine spirit of service and volunteerism.

Paige Elizabeth Montfort – The Outstanding Undergraduate Public Health Leadership Award

This award honors a student who has shown great initiative and conviction with the capability to lead, encourage others to get involved, and moved to action. Paige has exemplified leadership through her many positions on student government, service, and social organizations during her time at Tulane. She has demonstrated the vision to see what is needed to move forward and engage others to achieve a common goal.

School of Science and Engineering 

Jillian M. Baggett - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Jillian for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Jillian M. Baggett - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project

Jillian was recognized by the BME faculty for her membership in the outstanding Senior Design Team Project, integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, 
applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Gabriella Becerra - The Frederick H. Fox Activity Award

Gabriella majored in Engineering Physics while balancing time and travel commitments as a member of Tulane's varsity beach volleyball team. Gabriella held internships at Reactwell and Textron and is pursuing a career in aerospace engineering.

Julia Gayle Bergman - The Barbara E. Moely Award for Application of Psychology

Julia stood in her commitment to service to her community during her time at Tulane. During her senior year, she interned with the Max Cure Foundation where she took on a leadership role as chair of Junior Board of Directors. She truly went above and beyond in her commitment to supporting her community partner. She has a great enthusiasm for service learning and her overall community.

Emily Taylor Berlin - The Faculty Award for Applied Psychological Research

Emily's innovative research on the motor and cognitive foundations of children’s number writing skills will lead to new insights about school readiness, and how to ensure that young children are adequately prepared to engage in learning about mathematics when they enter school.

Olivia Beth Boraiko - The Harold E. Vokes Award

Olivia was selected for this award on the basis of her outstanding academic performance, and her excellence in research.

Samuel David Bruchhaus - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Samuel for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Erick Jude Burgess - The AIChE Student Scholarship Award

Erick is recognized for this award for having the highest GPA in the chemical and biomolecular engineering major.

Erick Jude Burgess - The Francis M. Taylor Award

This award recognizes Erick's outstanding citizenship based upon his numerous professional accomplishments, contributions to departmental and university programs.

Erick Jude Burgess - The William Benjamin Gregory Medal Class Of 1918 Award

Erick graduated in December 2020 with a BSE in Chemical Engineering with a 3.998 GPA. In addition to his outstanding academic performance, Erick was involved in a range of extracurricular activities including helping found the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and participation in the TIDES Peer Mentor Program.

Caroline Elisabeth Camus - The Zoology Prize

Caroline demonstrated a rare level of commitment to excellence as a student and researcher. Caroline's honors thesis on heavy metal contamination of pets in New Orleans was a tour de force. Considerable tenacity and dedication to overcome significant challenges and successfully complete the work. Caroline has also been an active and engaged member of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and has left it a better place than she found it.

Matthew L. Catalano - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Matthew for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Matthew L. Catalano - The William Benjamin Gregory Medal Class Of 1918 Award

Matt held a GPA of 3.921 over the past three semesters. Matt was the leader of a capstone design team that implemented significant improvements to the Harry Tompson Center for the homeless and is looking forward to his role as a Systems Architect at TC Energy.

Emma Kathryn Chapel - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project

Emma was recognized by the BME faculty for her membership in the outstanding Senior Design Team Project, integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, 
applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Teagan Lytice Cronin - The Leon H. Scherck Memorial Prize For Excellence In Engineering

Teagan maintained a 3.959 GPA over the past three semesters and holds an overall GPA of 3.964. Teagan is the current Vice President of the Tulane chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, held internships at Eaton and Solas OLED, and is looking forward to a career in engineering sales.

Colleen Marie Drangines - The Neuroscience Faculty Award

Colleen earned top grades and has an extremely high work ethic. She is dependable, has outstanding technical skills, and will always go the extra mile. Her productivity in the research laboratory of Dr. Heather Machado resulted in a co-authored publication. Dr. Machado ranks Colleen as one of the most outstanding students she has mentored!

Charles Samuel Dranoff - The Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Senior Award

Charles was selected by the biomedical engineering faculty for his outstanding achievement in biomedical engineering studies.

Charles Samuel Dranoff - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project

Charles was recognized by the BME faculty for her membership in the outstanding Senior Design Team Project, integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, 
applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Charles Samuel Dranoff - The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award

Charles was voted by his classmates to be presented with this award for his outstanding contributions to his class, the profession of biomedical engineering, and the School of Science and Engineering.

Charles Samuel Dranoff - The Leon H. Scherck Memorial Prize for Excellence In Engineering

Charles is a Biomedical Engineering major with a Mathematics minor and a 4.0 GPA! Outstanding!

Charles Samuel Dranoff - William Benjamin Gregory Medal Class Of 1918 Award

Charles is a Biomedical Engineering major with a Mathematics minor and a 4.0 GPA! Outstanding!

Adriana Louise Duncan - The Kappa Kappa Gamma Award

Addie is recognized for being the outstanding mathemathics major as voted on by the faculty.

Ana Elizabeth Figel - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project

Ana was recognized by the BME faculty for her membership in the outstanding Senior Design Team Project, integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, 
applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Ana Elizabeth Figel - The Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award

Ana was voted by her classmates to be presented with this award for her outstanding contributions to her class, the profession of biomedical engineering, and the School of Science and Engineering.

Jacob Ellis Frentzen - The Arnold Gerall Prize in Neuroscience 

Jacob is an outstanding example of the kind of student Dr. Gerall mentored and encouraged. Jacob’s dedication to a project aimed at understanding the effects, mechanisms, and sex differences in response to treatments for chronic pain is a project similar to one that Dr. Gerall worked on himself. Jacob’s extensive work in behavioral neuroscience and strong academic performance makes him an ideal recipient of the Arnold Gerall Prize.

Maya Sarina Friedman - The Faculty Award for Research in Psychological Science

Maya will graduate with honors in Psychology and Spanish. During her time as an undergraduate student, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires and was actively involved in a variety of activities both on and off campus. Most recently, Maya worked with Dr. Lisa Molix as a lead research assistant and was awarded research grants from Newcomb-Tulane College and Newcomb Institute to study the influence of egalitarian language use on intergroup affect and perceptions.

Samantha Leigh Goland - The Barbara E. Moely Award for Application of Psychology

Samantha is graduating with a major in Psychology and a minor in French. Across service learning, research, and her extracurricular involvements at Tulane, Samantha dedicated herself to providing school-based behavioral health and academic supports to children, many of whom live in poverty. Samantha will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall, where she will complete a master’s degree in School Psychology.

Noah Davis Gold - The Arnold Gerall Prize in Neuroscience

Noah’s keen intellect is apparent in all that he does. As a research assistant in Dr. Jill Daniel’s behavioral neuroscience lab, he became an invaluable member of their team. He worked diligently to label amyloid plaques in the brains of a new mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, work that was critical to the lab’s ability to validate the model. Noah displays a thoughtful approach to research and genuine enthusiasm for scientific investigation.

Dalton Scott Graham - The AIChE Activity Award

Dalton was voted to receive this award by the members of the Tulane AIChE student chapter. He is presented with this award for his outstanding service to the profession.

Lewis Evan Greenstein - The Gerald E. Gunning Memorial Award

Lewis is an exceptional student. As well as maintaining a GPA over 3.9, he worked as an EBIO Teaching Fellow, a Crew Chief for Tulane Emergency Medical Service, and at Tulane’s Maker Space. Starting in his junior year, he designed his own research and produced an outstanding honors thesis on milkweed-monarch butterfly interactions– work that involved learning many different research techniques and will be an important contribution to science.

Rebecca L. Halliburton - The Neuroscience Faculty Award

Without a doubt, Rebecca has been an exceptional student in the laboratory of Dr. Laurie Earls. Originally, she expected her to clone the mouse and human promoters of Pants, but she vastly exceeded expectations, cloning both, performing promoter bash on both, and luciferase assays.

Carly Nicole Harad - The William F. Tompkins, Jr. Memorial Award

Carly has an outstanding GPA and several academic accomplishments. She worked with Brian Layman in the prosthetics lab (Southeastern Veterans Administration Medical) to develop protocols for the 3D printing of sockets. Carly is known for her ability to take an identified issue and create not only a solution but one that moves the state of the art for prosthetics forward and contributes to the welfare of veterans across the country.

Lindsay Ella Mae Hardy - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Lindsay for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Gabriel Song Harris - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Gabriel for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Samantha Rose Hilburn - The Reinhard A. Steinmayer Award

Samantha was selected for this award on the basis of her outstanding academic achievement. In addition to excellence in her coursework, Samantha excelled in research and in leadership related to the environment and in teaching others about outdoor activities.

Emily Mowbray Hochreiner - The Neuroscience Faculty Award

Emily completed neuroscience research for almost three years at Tulane Medical School. She was an invaluable asset to the progression of the research. Emily is bright, eager to learn, quick to pick up new laboratory skills, and incredibly dependable, responsible, capable, and hard-working. Emily is proficient is numerous biological assays which contributed to the research and resulted in a co-authored publication. She was described as “a joy to have in the lab”.

Nikita Lalit Jhangiani - The Liz Earley Prize in Cell and Molecular Biology

Nikita dedicated nearly three years conducting basic scientific research on a genetic disorder called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). Nikita displayed superb bench skills and made strong contributions to the HHT research project. She showed independence and reliability, and her research efforts did not go unnoticed. Nikita, you will be greatly missed!

Riley Anne Juenemann - The Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Computer Science

This award is presented to Riley for her service to the executive board of Cookies and Code student organization, and dedicating countless hours to promoting diversity and participation in computing on campus.

Riley Anne Juenemann - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Riley for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Riley Anne Juenemann - The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project in Computer Science 

Riley is recognized for having the outstanding capstone project in Computer Science

Riley Anne Juenemann - The Glendy Burke Medal

Riley is presented with this medal for her outstanding performance in mathematics.

Riley Anne Juenemann - The Kappa Kappa Gamma Award

Riley is recognized for being the outstanding mathemathics major as voted on by the faculty.

Robert Revere Johnson - The Ricker Award

Robert is one of the most well rounded young engineers at Tulane. Robert is double majoring in Engineering Physics and Mathematics while minoring in Music and working toward an Electrical Engineering Certificate. Robert is a fixture in the Tulane Makerspace, where he has been a “Maker Ninja” since 2018. On top of this, Robert was a member of the Tulane University Marching Band and founded the Tulane Roller Blading Club. Robert’s broad range of scholarship in experience put him a great position to shape his engineering career going forward.

Robert Revere Johnson- The William F. Tompkins, Jr. Memorial Award

Robert is double majoring in Engineering Physics and Mathematics, minoring in Music and working toward an Electrical Engineering Certificate. Robert has been a “Maker Ninja” since 2018 in the Tulane Makerspace, was a member of the Tulane University Marching Band for three years, and founded the Tulane Roller Blading Club.

Daniel Noah Kramer Licht - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Daniel for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Leah Simone Kuperman - The Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Computer Science

This award is presented to Leah for her service to the executive board of Cookies and Code student organization, and dedicating countless hours to promoting diversity and participation in computing on campus.

Leah Simone Kuperman - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Leah for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Katherine LeClere Cartiglia - The Dupré Award

Katherine masterfully combined her double major in Physics and Political Economy to study and address major global problems as Grand Challenges Scholar and Presidential Scholar. Katherine has an impressive community service engagement record that includes organization of services and classes for unhoused people, fundraising for Grow Dat Youth Farm, and organization of a COVID-19 response to help seniors. Moreover, she is a Varsity sailor and Captain and a Public Service Advisory board member among other leadership roles. Katherine plans to apply her analytical skills to policy research.

Mark Andrew Lisi - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Mark for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Alaa Nushrah Malik - The Professor Erik G. Ellgaard Award for Excellence in Cell and Molecular Biology

Alaa is highly active during class and has a very inquisitive mind. Dr. Shusheng Wang rates her as being one of the best students he ever had in his Advanced Molecular Biology class. Alaa has demonstrated an overall aptitude for academic success having achieved a perfect GPA. Alaa performed flawlessly in her CMB coursework and proved to be an exceptionally bright student. Her strong work ethic and enthusiasm for cell and molecular biology has been noted by several faculty members. It is no surprise that she will be continuing her studies in medical school next year – congratulations Alaa!

Katherine Elizabeth Mattingly - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project

Katherine was recognized by the BME faculty for her membership in the outstanding Senior Design Team Project, integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, 
applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Samuel Soren Minix - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Samuel for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Laurel Anne Mire - The Chair's Award

Laurel was chosen for the Chair’s award based on her academic achievement. Laurel also excelled in leadership in environmental service, activism, and education.

Leticia Ferreira Nakatani - The Neuroscience Faculty Award

Leticia performed research in the laboratory of Dr. James Zadina, where she quickly mastered technical skills and was integral to determining the dependence liability of their endomorphin analog. Her eagerness, engagement, and thoughtful questions and comments contributed to the laboratory’s success. She takes the time to fully understand how her day-to-day contributions to the lab fit within their broader research aims. In addition to research, Leticia was heavily involved in community outreach.

Margaret Clare Nickerson - The Aaron Hartman Award

Margo double majored in Psychology and Neuroscience. She pursued a range of clinical and research experiences across hospitals and labs, all which reflect her commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care. A member of the Child and Family Lab since sophomore year, she has taken on leadership roles, including coordinating recruitment and translating research findings for lay audiences. Her future patients will undoubtedly benefit from the conscientious, humane perspective she brings to health sciences research.

May Yoon Pwint - The Award for Outstanding Capstone Project in Computer Science

This award is presented to May Yoon for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Janie Qiu - The Faculty Award for Research in Psychological Science

In addition to her outstanding academic achievement in both her Psychology and Economics majors, Janie assisted meaningfully with psychology of prejudice research over three semesters at Tulane. That research included work on confronting prejudice and on renaming of public spaces, and dovetails with her interests in social justice, law, and the criminal justice system.

Anusha Rahman - Faculty Award for Applied Psychological Research

Anusha is graduating with majors in Psychology and Neuroscience. Anusha worked as a research assistant on Dr. Courtney Baker’s team for five terms, contributing meaningfully across numerous projects and taking on leadership roles within the team, including writing a paper that will be presented nationally entitled “Teacher Anxiety and Burnout during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Anusha goes on to be a Clinical Research Assistant at Brown University in the fall. 

Vasanth Rajasekaran - The Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Computer Science

This award is presented to Vasanth for his service to the executive board of Cookies and Code student organization, and dedicating countless hours to promoting diversity and participation in computing on campus.

Gabrielle Rebmann - The American Institute of Chemists Award

Gabby has distinguished herself in scholarship and research. In addition to her stellar academic record, she worked in the research group of Professor Scott Grayson, where her classroom strength translated well in her ability to do lab work. She accomplished much until COVID restrictions prevented her from continuing. Gabby was instrumental in helping to complete a very synthetically challenging project, where a library of materials was needed. Her positive attitude and ability to balance multiple responsibilities was impressive.

Margaret C. Richard - The Royal Society of Chemistry Certificate of Excellence Award

Margaret joined the Rubtsov group in 2018. She is studying properties of cell membranes, a lipid bilayer, using two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy. In particular, Maggie targets the mobility of lipid membrane interior at different depths and uses novel molecular probes. Working with multilamellar bilayers, she designed a sample cell to control the level of hydration of the bilayers and studied how the membrane mobility depends on the presence of trans-lipids.

Zachary Louis Ripich - The Gerald E. Gunning Memorial Award

Zac is an outstanding student and ecology and evolutionary biologist. Zac demonstrates such a genuine desire to understand the diversity of organisms, ecosystems and how they interact in the evolutionary and ecological processes. Zac conducted research with ticks, mosquitoes and is currently working on bat flies and how deforestation impacts parasitism with Dr. Frank. Zac is an avid reader and always has a good book either in Spanish or in English at hand or in his book bag.

Samantha Lexie Rothman - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Samantha for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Nicholas James Salvadore - The American Institute of Chemist Student Award

Nicholas is given this award to recognize his demonstrated leadership ability, character, high scholastic standing and potential for advancement in his chosen profession.

Omar Mohammad Shbeeb - The William L. Alworth Prize in Biological Chemistry

Omar is an outstanding scholar who has demonstrated consistently exceptional performance in his classes and in the laboratory.

Alexa Paige Sheehan - The Liz Earley Prize in Cell and Molecular Biology

Alexa was motivated to do research during her year abroad, and she sought out and completed an independent study during her year at University College Dublin. Her research included studying bacterial strains and freezing back stocks and completing motility assays. She learned a lot about lab techniques and research, and she completed a very nice write up and poster about her work. Alexa is also an outstanding student with an impressive 3.9 GPA.

Sydney P. Siegmeister - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project

Sydney was recognized by the BME faculty for her membership in the outstanding Senior Design Team Project, integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, 
applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Leo Peter Simanonok - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Leo for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Brittany Kay Simone - The Kyame Award

Brittany brings excellence and purpose to her engineering physics studies. She has added a minor in architecture and certificate in mechanical engineering all while maintaining an even-keeled approach. Her undergraduate honors thesis research in nanophotonic-based chemical and biomarker sensing has shown her diverse strengths across several fields. After an internship in the aerospace industry this summer, she will pursue a materials engineering masters degree at Tulane next year.

Melanie Anabel Smith - The Fred R. Cagle Memorial Prize

Melanie excelled in coursework and research as an undergraduate and is on a strong trajectory towards a productive career in Ecology & Evolutionary biology. Melanie's honors thesis on brood reduction in African hornbills represents a significant contribution to the field. We are proud to have you represent our department as you move forward with your studies and research.

Lauren Marie Sussman - The Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Computer Science

This award is presented to Lauren for her service to the executive board of Cookies and Code student organization, and dedicating countless hours to promoting diversity and participation in computing on campus.

Calli Jade Taitz - The Ricker Award

Calli is one of the most promising young engineers from Tulane. She has an extensive record of industrial internship in addition to research experience in the quantum information and nonlinear optics lab at Tulane. Calli was Engineering Physics chair of Theta Tau and a dance team president at Dat Dance Crew. Calli’s presentation won the regional IEEE poster competition. Additionally, Calli is a winner of Tulane’s annual truss busting competition. She will pursue Master’s in mechanical engineering at Stanford University.

Madeline Grace Tallman - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project

Madeline was recognized by the BME faculty for her membership in the outstanding Senior Design Team Project, integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, 
applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Marc William Théberge Jr. - The Gerald S. Gussack Award

Throughout the course of his studies, Marc has displayed a genuine interest in learning basic cell and molecular biology concepts and their application to disease related topics. Whether in class, during office hours or in after class discussions, Marc’s inquisitive nature was hard to miss. Armed with this sense of curiosity and penchant for raising perceptive questions, Marc is poised to make biological contributions at his next stop: the NIH Vaccine Research Center.

Franziska E. Trautmann - The Francis M. Taylor Award

This award recognizes Franziska's numerous contributions to the department in research, scholarship, and entrepreneurial activities.

Franziska E.  Trautmann - The William F. Tompkins, Jr. Memorial Award

In addition to graduating with a BSE in Chemical Engineering December 2020 with a 3.8 GPA, Franziska has been heavily involved in entrepreneurial activities, including establishing the start-up company Glass Half Full NOLA which collects and converts glass bottles into sand and glass to be used for coastal restoration, flood prevention and eco-construction.

Rithvik Vutukuri - The Neuroscience Faculty Award

Rithvik is completing his undergraduate degree in three years and is the most talented and intellectually advanced undergraduate his research advisor, Dr. Jonathan Fadok, has ever worked with! Rithvik has an amazing grasp of scientific literature and synthesizes and discusses complicated ideas with clarity of language. In the laboratory, he learns quickly, actively seeks feedback, and has incredible technical skills. He works diligently and carefully and is a valued team player.

Kaiyu Wang - The American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Award

Kaiyu's ACS award is for both his outstanding academic record and his dedication to chemical research. Kaiyu is graduating with two degrees: a double major BS degree in Chemistry and Mathematics, and a BA degree in Economics (current overall GPA > 3.9). His research work has so far contributed to one major publication in a top-tier journal, with more still to come.

Yuzhi Wang - The Cell and Molecular Biology Prize

Yuzhi’s academic achievements (perfect GPA), high-level participation in the Biology Enthusiast’s Association of Students at Tulane (BEAST) and commitment to scientific research exemplify the true spirit of this award. Yuzhi demonstrated an uncanny ability to understand the many biological concepts covered in a CMB major. She was a superb student and has a bright future ahead!

Matthew Jay Weintraub - The Kenneth H. Kuhn Sr. Memorial Award — Senior Team Design Project

Matthew was recognized by the BME faculty for his membership in the outstanding Senior Design Team Project, integrating the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, 
applying biomedical engineering to improve quality of life.

Grace Castello Williams - The Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Computer Science

This award is presented to Grace for her dedication to promoting computing education via BATS and GIST workshops.

Anna Ryan Wilson - The Rosa Cahn Hartman Medal

Anna double majored in Psychology and Political Science and minored in Spanish. She is committed to supporting children’s mental health and has volunteered with youth in a variety of settings at and beyond Tulane. Her research focus in the Child and Family Lab has been on how parents support and understand young children’s emotional development, particularly in contexts of stress. Anna is a deep thinker with a deep commitment to family and child health.

Taoyu Yang - The Award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science

This award is presented to Taoyu for exemplary academic performance in computer science program.

Newcomb-Tulane College

Nicholas George Anderson - The Outstanding Student Athlete Award
Alexandra Gabrielle Douglas - The Outstanding Student Athlete Award
Krystal-Jade Freeman - The Outstanding Student Athlete Award
Ingeborg Henrietta Hyde - The Edward Ambrose Bechtel Medal for Cocurricular Achievement

 

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.

Asher Keller Baden
Callie Cole Belback
Gavin Richard Blair
Joanna Jewel Calhoun
Yi-Hsuan Chen
Alexandra Grace Duffy
Carly Nicole Harad
Colin James Harper
Jared Gabriel Imber
Riley Anne Juenemann
Ann Kapustiak
Paige Elizabeth Montfort
Carson Claudia Sanders
Matthew Gregory Shernicoff
Grace Michaela Slapak
Aubry Christine Tedford
Alexandra Ann Tighe
Kaiyu Wang
Yuzhi Wang
Claire Suzanne Wynne

 

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.

Riley Anne Juenemann

Newcomb-Tulane College 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.

Callie Belback
Hallie Berndt 
Taylor Bond
Aisling Byrne
Adriana Duncan
Ashley Gilliam
Lauryn Hudson
Leah Kuperman
Murad Laradji
Jorgi Mandelbaum
Michael Maurer
Samantha Morin
Joanitah Nakiggwe
Stephen O'Keefe
Kaila Pamir
Meshi Paz
Divya Polu
Trevor Roy
Carson Sanders
Amy Sethna
Lydia Trautmann
Sarah Walker
Ziwei "Claire" Wei
Matthew Weintraub
Maria Yanovskaya

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. 

 

A.B. Freeman School of Business

Department of Finance
Grace Amandes, 'Tue Rationale Behind and Consequences of Diversifying Company Operations: An Analysis Of The Woodlands, Texas Project"

Thesis Director: Michael Wilson

Department of Marketing 
Katie Chapin, "Social Media Censorship: The Impact Filtering Information Has on the Well-Being of Users and Online Businesses"

Thesis Director: Michael Wilson

 

School of Architecture

Architecture
Anna Deeg, "Parameters for a Degrowth Architecture: Subverting the Socio-Ecological Spatial Conditions of the Capitalist-Growth Regime"

Thesis Director: Judith Kinnard

 

School of Liberal Arts

Department of Anthropology
Renee Trepagnier, "Death is Only the Beginning: Gender Identity and Personhood in Pre- and Protopalatial Minoan Mortuary Landscapes" Anthropology and Classical Studies

Thesis Co- Directors: Christopher Rodning and Emilia Oddo

Department of Art History
Reina Protzel, "The AIDS Epidemic in the United States: The Artistic Response"

Thesis Director: Michael Plante

Department of Art Studio
Jimena Padilla Pineda, "Conversations with Gen Z"

Thesis Director: Sean Fader

Department of Asian Studies 
Alexandria Leland, "Navigating The Internet Public in China: A Case Study of Fang Fang's Wuhan Diary"

Thesis Director: Hongwei Thorn Chen

Department of Classical Studies
Sarena Matriano Lim, "The Intersection of Medicine and Ritual in Q Serenus' Liber Medicinalis"

Thesis Director: Thomas Frazel

Renee Trepagnier, "Death is Only the Beginning: Gender Identity and Personhood in Pre- and Protopalatial Minoan Mortuary Landscapes" Anthropology and Classical Studies

Thesis Co- Directors: Christopher Rodning and Emilia Oddo

Aaron Yu, "The King of Medicine- Galen vs Erasistratus: Dissecting the Rhetorical Aspect of Ancient Anatomy & Physiology"

Thesis Director: Michael Brumbaugh

Department of Communication
Lucy Rice, "Maybe She's Crazy: Creating Character Ambiguity through the Melodramatic  Mode"

Thesis Director: Eric Herhuth

Department of Economics
Emma Brick-Hezeau, "Detecting Subtle Discrimination in a Mental Health Access Study," Economics and Linguistics

Thesis Co- Directors: Patrick Button and Harry Howard

Grace Slapak, 'Tue Effect of Judicial Selection Method on Juvenile Incarceration," Economics and Social Policy & Practice

Thesis Co- Directors: Patrick Testa and Camilo Leslie

Department of English
Lauryn Aviles*, "Colored: A Discussion of Black Self­ Reference Leading Up to the Civil War"

Thesis Director: Ed White

Department of German
Meghan Crowley, "Performing Cultural Unity: German Cultural Diplomacy Abroad During The Period Of Reunification," German and Political Science

Thesis Co- Directors: Andre Schuetze and Christina Kiel

Department of History
Callie Belback, "Across the Waves: U.S. Cold War Radio Propaganda to Cuba, 1960-1990"

Thesis Director: Jana Lipman

Alex Tighe, "National Catholicism and the Cult of Death: Hagiographical Pamphlets from Spain, 1937-1957" History and Spanish

Thesis Co-Directors: James Boyden and Brittany Kennedy

Department of Linguistics
Emma Brick-Hezeau, "Detecting Subtle Discrimination in a Mental Health Access Study," Economics and Linguistics

Thesis Co- Directors: Patrick Button and Harry Howard

Department of Music
Maddie Grills, "Nova: Creating a Score for an Imaginary Film"

Thesis Director: Barbara Jazwinski

Department of Philosophy
Dean Dante, "Pseudo-Cartesian Dualism: Mind, Body, Consciousness and Kim's Pairing Problem"

Thesis Director: Kevin Morris

Department of Political Economy
Claire Wynne, "Reproductive Health Impacts of State-Led Movements to De- Fund Abortion: A Systematic Analysis of the Importance of Publicly Funding Family Planning Programs"

Thesis Director: Mary Olson

Department of Political Science
Abigail Bean, "The Women of ISIS: Theorizing Justice, Gender and Terrorism"

Thesis Director: Izabela Steflja

Department of Sociology
Christina McCarthy, "The Birds, the Bees, and Oocyte Preservation: The Debate Surrounding a Woman's Decision to Freeze Her Eggs"

Thesis Director: Katherine Johnson

Department of Spanish
Krishna Navaratnam, "Naci6n, Genera y Violencia: Un Analisis de la Evoluci6n de los Narcocorridos por los Tigres del Norte"

Thesis Director: Marilyn Miller

Department of Theatre
Benjamin Davis, "How to Make a Feature Film for $25,000"

Thesis Director: Victor Holtcamp

 

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Department of Public Health
Benton Meldrum, "A Discussion and Evaluation of Medicare and Medicaid and Their Coverage of LGBTQ Individuals in the United States," Public Health and Political Science

Thesis Co- Directors: Susan Hassig and Scott Nolan

Paige Montfort, "Healthcare Access for Migrant & Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) in the U.S. and Canada" Public Health and Political Science

Thesis Co- Directors: Eva Silvestre and Ruth Carlitz

Sydney Sheffield, "An Investigation of Families' and Providers' Experiences and Support Needs Following Perinatal Loss"

Thesis Director: Alyssa Lederer

 

School of Science and Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Nicholas Harris, "Impact of the G Protein-coupled Estrogen Receptor on Endothelial Derived Arterial Stiffening"

Thesis Director: Sarah Lindsey

Max Kerensky, "Nerve-on-a-Chip Bioprinting and Hydro gel Optimization"

Thesis Director: Michael Moore

Mary Pwint, "Development of an Agent-Based Model of SARS-CoV-2-Induced Lung Damage"

Thesis Director: Kristin Miller

Department of Cell & Molecular Biology
Katherine Byrnes, "The Role of microRNA24 in Ocular Fibrosis"

Thesis Director: Shusheng Wang

Department of Chemistry
Kaiyu Wang, "Reactions in Yocto-liter Spaces"

Thesis Director: Bruce Gibb

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Samantha Hilburn, "Investigating Seismic Anisotropy Beneath the Gulf Coast Passive Margin with Shear Wave Splitting Analysis"

Thesis Director: Cynthia Ebinger

Olivia Boraiko, "Characterizing the Flow Regime Of Ephemeral Streams In The Southwestern USA Using Stream-Gaging Data''

Thesis Director: Nicole Gasparini

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Margaret Conrad, 'Tue Genetic Architecture Controlling Leaf Shape In Mimulus laciniatus And M. guttatus In Comparison To The Qyantitative Trait Loci That Control Leaf Lobing"

Thesis Director: Kathleen Ferris

Department of Engineering Physics
Brittany Simone, "Portable and Cost-Efficient All­ Dielectric Metasurface Based Refractive Index Sensor and Biomarker Detector''

Thesis Director: Matthew Escarra

Department of Environmental Biology
Caraline Miller, "Biotic and Abiotic Factors Mediating Coastal Elevation"

Thesis Director: Emily Farrer

Department of Mathematics
Addie Duncan, "Prime Divisibility of the Catalan Numbers and Related Sequences"

Thesis Director: Victor Moll

Riley Juenemann, "Differentiating Between Diffusive Movement Patterns in Single Particle Tracking Experiments"

Thesis Director: Scott McKinley

Department of Neuroscience
Erin Bender, "Race and Reciprocity: an fMRI Study Using the Trust Game"

Thesis Director: Paul Colombo

Isabel Riccio, "Sphingosine-1-Phosphate Signaling Pathway Alteration in Brain Microvessel oflntrauterine Growth Restricted and Preeclamptic Mice"

Thesis Director: Suttira Intapad

Department of Psychology
Emily Nestel, "Absenteeism and Students' Perceptions of School Safety''

Thesis Director: Courtney Baker

Katy Patton, "Reaching Patterns in the Mirror''

Thesis Director: Jeffrey Lockman

Destiny Stafford, "Handwriting, Looking Behavior, and Numerical Development"

Thesis Director: Jeffrey Lockman