Student Research Honor Roll, 2020-2021

This honor roll recognizes students at all levels in the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are recipients of awards and honors related to research during the 2020-21 academic year.

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Awards and Honors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

CLAS Dissertation Writing Fellowship These competitive fellowships support the completion of PhD dissertations in any discipline.

Berkley Conner (Communication Studies PhD)

Hadley Galbraith (French and Francophone World Studies PhD)

Xue He (Second Language Acquisition PhD)

Seungwon Kim (Geography PhD)

Aiqi Liu (History PhD)

Biao Ma (Mathematics PhD)

Maddison McGann (English PhD)

Daniel L Parr IV (Chemistry PhD)

Inga Popovaite (Sociology PhD)

George Rozsa (American Studies PhD)

Sydney Skuodas (Integrated Biology PhD)

Emily Waddle (Philosophy PhD)

Marcus Bach Fellowship for Graduate Students in the Humanities The Bach Fellowship is awarded by CLAS to support the completion of an MFA project or doctoral dissertation in the humanities. The fellowship’s goal is to foster intercultural communication and/or the understanding of diverse philosophies and religious perspectives.

Jessica Dzielinski (Art MFA)

Garret Taylor Lewis (History PhD)

Wenxin Li (Music Composition PhD)

Jeremy Lowenthal (English PhD)

Emma Silverman (Playwriting MFA)

Awards and Honors from the Office of the Vice President for Research

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards This award from the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates recognizes outstanding accomplishments in scholarly investigation, artistic creation, or performance by undergraduates at the UI.

Joshua Doucette (Physics BS, Mathematics BS)

Janiece Maddox (Art BFA)

Anvay Pradhan (Mechanical Engineering BSE, Computer Science BA)

Laura Weiler (Physics BA, Computer Science BS)

Evita Woolsey (Speech and Hearing Science BA)

Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Fellow Excellence Awards Honors postdoctoral research scholar and fellow research performance and scholarly activity that is recognized as highly original work and makes a significant contribution to the field.                                          

Rachael Filwett (Postdoctoral, Physics and Astronomy)

Graduate Research Excellence Award Honors students in terminal degree programs conducting research and scholarly activity that is recognized as highly original work and makes a significant contribution to the field. 

Umar Iqbal (Computer Science PhD)

Sara Reed (Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences PhD)

Awards and Honors from the Division of Student Life

Hancher-Finkbine Medallion (Undergraduate Student)

Jocelyn Roof (Political Science BA, Sociology BA)

Distinguished Student Leader Award

Ruth Kahssai (Social Justice BA, Social Work BA)

Phillip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award

Anthony Alexander Haughton II (Ethics and Public Policy BA)

Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award

Wren Renquist (Biology BS)

Awards and Honors from the Graduate College

Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship

Mohammad Alhusseini (Physics PhD)

Mohamed Imad Bakhira (Mathematics PhD)

Melinda Brastrom (Integrated Biology PhD)

Jose Aranda Cuevas (Mathematics PhD)

Benjamin Gansemer (Integrated Biology PhD)

Anindya Ghosh (Physics PhD)

Elizabeth Handschy (Anthropology PhD)

Kailey Harrell (Integrated Biology PhD)

Adam Hefel (Genetics PhD)

Danielle Hoskins (History PhD)

Dagen Hughes (Chemistry PhD)

Umar Iqbal (Computer Science PhD)

Chandler Jensen-Cody (Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD)

Hansol Lee (Chemistry PhD)

Anthony Lilienthal (Integrated Biology PhD)

Liping Liu (Integrated Biology PhD)

Javier Luna (Chemistry PhD)

Brandon MacDougall (Geography PhD)

Pake Melland (Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences PhD)

Brice Merwine (Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences PhD)

James Mrkvicka (Genetics PhD)

Hansini Munasinghe (Sociology PhD)

Shreyas Pai (Computer Science PhD)

Sara Reed (Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences PhD)

Diann Rosza (American Studies PhD)

Shrey Sanadhya (Mathematics PhD)

E M Spencer (English PhD)

Kyle Spielvogel (Chemistry PhD)

Jun Tang (Statistics PhD)

Rachel Torres (Political Science PhD)

Soumya Venkitakrishnan (Speech Pathology and Audiology DAud; Speech and Hearing Science PhD)

Krista Wahlstrom (Psychology PhD)

Anna Ward (Integrated Biology PhD)

Jeffrey White (Molecular and Cell Biology PhD)

Caolimeng Wuxiha (Second Language Acquisition PhD)

Awards and Honors reported by CLAS Departments

African American Studies

Cultural Research Award In recognition of graduate students near completion of their dissertation for outstanding contributions, commitment, and initiative related to research in African American culture.

Lisa Covington (Interdisciplinary Studies PhD)


Linda and Rick Maxson Undergraduate Research Award This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate research, and provides funds to faculty members in the Department of Biology to help defray the costs of supplies, equipment, and other expenses for the selected undergraduates to learn in the lab.

Amanda Caraballo

Ian Fefchak-Robinson

Camila Sofia Gomez

Javier Guerra

Chelsea Higgins

Isabella Holland

Ashton Knatz

Jerianne Richardson

Clifford W. Hesseltine Award for Academic Excellence Recognizes a strong academic record and a track record of excellence outside the classroom.

Alicia Smith

Avis Cone Undergraduate Research Fellowship This award is for a student working in a laboratory using organisms that have chlorophyll-based metabolic processes, or a laboratory that studies aspects of zoology, or conducting research within the field of conservation biology.

Robert Flanagan

Arthur J. and Flora D. Levin Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research This award recognizes a Biology or Biomedical Sciences major undertaking laboratory research in the Department of Biology who possesses the potential to make an outstanding contribution in research.

Cristina Garcia

Jia Zhao

Evelyn Hart Watson Undergraduate Research Fellowship This award recognizes a Biology or Biomedical Sciences major in good academic standing who is undertaking laboratory research in the Department of Biology.

Jackson Dunning

Bailey Goldberg

Political Science

Department of Political Science Best Paper Award

First Prize: Megan Phillips

Second Prize: Madhury Belkale
                       Carly Heying
                       Caely Tietz

Third Prize: Abbigail Denner
                   Abbie Eastman
                   Cameron Moeller
                   Chloe Riesenberg
                   Chrissy Hougland
                   Minela Ikanovic

Fourth Prize: Carly Millerd

Religious Studies

Alice Marguerite Blough Award Given for the best graduate student research paper.

Darcy Metcalfe (Religious Studies PhD)

Helen Goldstein Undergraduate Research Paper Award Given for the best undergraduate student research paper or project.

Grant Tapken (Religious Studies BA, Ancient Civilization BA)

Awards and Honors from the Iowa Neuroscience Institute

INI Summer Scholar Program Supports Iowa undergraduates planning to pursue research during the summer in the lab of an INI faculty member.

Daniel Fu (Biomedical Sciences BS)

Arshaq Saleem (Neuroscience BS)

Kartik Sivakumar (Neuroscience BS)

Awards and Honors from the DeLTA Center

Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Jina Kim (Speech and Hearing Science PhD)
John Muegge (Psychology PhD)
Morgan Parr (Clinical Psychology PhD)

Awards and Honors from External Agencies and Organizations

American Meteorological Society, First Place, Oral Presentation

Meng Zhou (Geoinformatics PhD)

American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award

Marcie King Johnson (Psychology Clinical Science PhD)

Churchill Scholarship

Guowei Qi (Computer Science BA, Mathematics BS, Biochemistry BS)

CSAW Best Applied Research Paper Award, 3rd place

Umar Iqbal (Computer Science PhD)

Eastman Leadership Academy

David Haas (Music Education PhD)

Wen Chin Liu (Choral Conducting and Pedagogy DMA)

Kate Weldon (Music Education BA, Music Performance BM)

Fulbright Study/Research Awards

Megan Lenss (Geoscience BS)

Kathleen Maris Paltrineri (Literary Translation MFA)

Brant Walker (Mathematics BS, Economics BS)

Goldwater Scholarship

Nyah Davis (Mathematics BS, Art BA)

Great Plains Journalism Award


Shivansh Ahuja
Bailey Cichon
Kate Doolittle
Katie Goodale
Kelsey Harrell
Caleb McCullough
Kade Overton
Julia Shanahan
Alexandra Skores
Sarah Watson

ISA-MW Best Paper Award

Bomi Lee (Political Science PhD)

Cody Schmidt (Political Science PhD)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

Flannery Currin  (Computer Science PhD)

Ariel Kershner (Psychology PhD)

Guowei Qi (Computer Science BA, Mathematics BS, Biochemistry BS)