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MSE Annual Awards

Each year MSE faculty vote to honor students in Materials Science & Engineering. Likewise, students vote to honor outstanding teachers and mentors.

Student Awards

William E. Quist Award for an Outstanding Senior - Academic Achievement

For the senior who best demonstrates the academic achievement and the potential for professional leadership that Dr. Quist showed throughout his career. Academic achievement is based on cumulative GPA through winter quarter.

  • 2018: Reed Hendrickson and Edwin Jiang
    2017: Erica Dejong and Nathan Laurie
  • 2016: Peter Meisenheimer
Richard L. Norris Award for an Outstanding Senior - Potential for Professional Leadership

For the senior who best demonstrates academic achievement and the potential for professional leadership. Academic achievement is based on cumulative GPA through winter quarter.

  • 2018: Abdullatif Jazzar
    2017: Dylan Faherty and Jialu Sun
  • 2016: Sergio Simanjuntak
James I. Mueller Scholarship Award for an Outstanding Junior - Leadership

For academic performance during the junior year. Provides a $750 stipend to attend the American Ceramic Society meeting in the next academic year. Honors academic achievement, professional activities, and exemplary qualities of leadership. Academic achievement is based on cumulative GPA through winter quarter.

  • 2018: Liyang Wang
    2017: Reed Hendrickson
  • 2016: Dylan Faherty
Stephen P. Harris Memorial Award - Most Improvement in Academic Achievement

For the senior in whose academic record shows the greatest improvement during the preceding 5 quarters, through winter quarter of the current year.

  • 2018: Amy Stegmann
    2017: Maggie Ann Hargus
  • 2016: Fangqi Wang
ASM International Scholarship Awards

For outstanding leadership and academic performance by a junior and a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering. Provides a $500 stipend to each winner to attend the ASM/TMS Materials Week meeting in the next academic year. Awards are made on the basis of academic achievement, exemplary qualities of leadership and activities with the student chapter of ASM. Academic achievement is based on cumulative GPA through winter quarter.

  • ​2018 Undergraduate award: Daniel Chai         
    2018 Graduate student award: Zach Neale

    2017 Undergraduate award: Alex Gray
  • 2017 Graduate student award: Keith Anderson
  • 2016 Undergraduate award: Dylan Faherty
  • 2016 Graduate student award: Sandra Murcia
Douglas and Barbara Allan K-12 Outreach Award

One $2500 award to a graduate student and a second $2500 award to an undergraduate student. These awards recognize students who perform outstanding outreach to K-12 students.

  • 2018 Undergraduate award: Tiffany Tang
  • 2018 Graduate student award: Zachary Neale
  • 2017 Undergraduate award: Everet Wang
  • 2017 Graduate student award: Zachary Neale
  • 2016 Junior award: Porsinee (Peyton) Cholsaipant
  • 2016 Graduate student award: David Starkebaum
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Teaching and Mentoring

MSE students vote to honor faculty and graduate student mentors in Materials Science & Engineering with the following awards.

Graduate Mentor of the Year

Selected by a vote of all MSE undergraduates for the graduate student who has provided outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of undergraduate students outside the classroom. Such mentoring may happen as part of engineering competitions or research projects, or may involve contributions such as explaining concepts, giving advice on improving grades or showing students how to find answers for themselves. Whatever their particular contributions, the recipients of the Graduate Mentor of the Year award are recognized for their efforts to enhance the undergraduate experience in the department.

  • 2018: Steve Chung, Zachary Neale, and Sid Rath 
    2017: Caitlin Cramer
  • 2016: Michael Crump
Teaching Assistant of the Year

By a vote of the junior class:

  • 2018: Zachary Neale
    2017: Steve Chung
  • 2016: Michael Crump
Teaching Assistant of the Year

By a vote of the senior class:

  • 2018: Steve Chung and Weishi Yan
    2017: Sandra Murcia
  • 2016: Zachary Neale
Faculty of the Year

By a vote of the junior class:

  • 2018: Lucien Brush, Dan Cook, Brian Flinn, and Tuesday Kuykendall
    2017: Lucien Brush
  • 2016: Tuesday Kuykendall
Faculty of the Year

By a vote of the senior class:

  • ​2018: Dwayne Arola
    2017: Dwayne Arola
  • 2016: Dwayne Arola