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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.

  • 2022: Taylor Juenke, Evan Truesdale
  • 2021: Liyang Wang
  • 2020: Christina Doty
  • 2019: Liyang Wang
    2018: Reed Hendrickson, Edwin Jiang
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.

  • 2022: Michael Holden, Logan Oster
  • 2021: Renjie Song
  • 2020: Sophia Bidinger
  • 2019: Evan Muschler
    2018: Abdullatif Jazzar
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.

  • 2022: Drew Burky
  • 2021: Taylor Juenke
  • 2020: Emerson McNamee
  • 2019: Christina Doty
    2018: Liyang Wang
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.

  • 2022: Griffin Chase
  • 2021: Jerry Hung
  • 2020: Ryder Bell, Madison Keck, Austin Lee
  • 2019: Tayler Hoftell
    2018: Amy Stegmann
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.

  • 2022: Unable to award this year
  • 2021: Unable to award this year
  • 2020: Tiffany Lo, Daniel Chai
  • ​2019 Undergraduate award: Ester Law
    ​2019 Graduate award: Tiffany Tang
    2018 Undergraduate award: Daniel Chai         
    2018 Graduate award: Zach Neale
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. 

  • 2022 Undergraduate award: Emmy Markgraf
  • 2022 Graduate award: Jimin Qian
  • 2021 Undergraduate award: Xitlalit Sanchez-Martinez
    2021 Graduate award:  Breena Sperry
  • 2020 Undergraduate award: Katherine Adams
    2020 Graduate award:  Derek Mar
  • 2019 Undergraduate award: Daniel Chai
    2019 Graduate award: Richard Lee
    2018 Undergraduate award: Tiffany Tang
  • 2018 Graduate award: Zachary Neale
MSE Chair's Award

One $1000 award to an undergraduate student and a second $1000 award to a graduate student for academic excellence, societal engagement, and commitment to enhancing diversity in the Materials Science and Engineering department.  

  • 2022 Undergraduate award: Brandon Lou, Victoria Wagner
    2022 Graduate award: Ian Campbell, Gwendolyn Janda
  • 2021 Undergraduate award: Erin Mee and Adam Alayli
    2021 Graduate award: Zainab Patel, Ngozi Ezeokeke
  • 2020 Undergraduate award: Ngozi Ezeokeke, Felicia Dunscomb
    2020 Graduate award:  Richard Revia, Zachary Neale
  • 2019 Undergraduate award: Tiffany Lo
    2019 Graduate award: Wesley Tatum

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.

  • 2022: Chaman Gupta
  • 2021: Jack Grimm
  • 2020: Sierra Bishop
  • 2019: Dan Shea
    2018: Steve Chung, Zachary Neale, Sid Rath 
Teaching Assistant of the Year

By a vote of the junior class:

  • 2022: Chaman Gupta
  • 2021: Julia White
  • 2020: Jack Grimm, Diwash Dhakal
  • 2019: Wesley Tatum
    2018: Zachary Neale
Teaching Assistant of the Year

By a vote of the senior class:

  • 2022: Katherine Tang
  • 2021: Shivesh Sivakumar
  • 2020: Steve Chung
  • 2019: Zachary Neale
    2018: Steve Chung, Weishi Yan
Faculty of the Year

By a vote of the junior class:

  • 2022: Peter Pauzauskie
  • 2021: Peter Pauzauskie
  • 2020: Zachary Neale, Navid Zobeiry
  • 2019: Tuesday Kuykendall
    2018: Lucien Brush, Dan Cook, Brian Flinn, Tuesday Kuykendall
Faculty of the Year

By a vote of the senior class:

  • 2022: Dwayne Arola
  • 2021: Dwayne Arola
  • 2020: Luna Huang
  • ​2019: Dwayne Arola
    ​2018: Dwayne Arola
Faculty of the Year

By a vote of the AMP graduate students:

  • 2022: Di Xiao
  • 2021: Peter Pauzauskie
Faculty of the Year

By a vote of the Ph.D. graduate students:

  • 2022: Dwayne Arola, Eleftheria Roumeli, Di Xiao
  • 2021: Peter Pauzauskie