SIS Awards 2017

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Congratulations to our SIS faculty, alumni, staff, and student awardees of 2017!

SIS Winners of University Awards

Outstanding Service to the University Community

As Director of the Kennedy Political Union, Valeria Ojeda-Avitia brought in a diverse array speakers like rapper Common, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Anita Hill, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Ojeda-Avitia's most impactful contribution may have been as campaign manager of Student Government's TurboVote campaign. TuboVote registered 1,000 AU students to vote during the 2016 elections. "I personally was very passionate about TurboVote because I am a daughter of immigrants. I'm really glad that our team registered so many students because we made it that much easier for peers to be civically engaged," Ojeda-Avitia said.

Bruce Hughes Student Achievement Award

Monica Emma made it her goal to steer students toward a more sustainable campus. Emma co-founded the Zero Waste Club, which teaches AU students about contamination and waste on campus through student-led events on campus. Through that work, Emma helped start Project Move In/Out, which encouraged students to donate or sell back unwanted clothing and furniture at the end of the school year. Emma's commitment to sustainability impacted the DC community, as she led an AU team to victory in the "Power to Save Energy" competition. "To have this work noticed by the university through the Bruce Hughes Award, an award that recognizes the leadership and service of students in memory of a man who himself lived these values, is an amazing honor," Emma said.

Carlton Savage Student Achievement Award

Than Htut (Anthony) Aung will receive the Carlton Savage award for promoting intercultural understanding. Aung resurrected the International Student Association and served as vice president of the Asian American Student Union. Aung worked to bring everyone to the table by facilitating events like Asian Pacific Islander Role in the Black Lives Matter Movement, Colors of Southeast Asia, and Indonesia in ASEAN Day. "I felt that it was important to have the Asian American Student Union collaborate with other groups, especially with other Asian organizations, because they all share the same desire-the desire to create a home for everyone studying at American University," Aung said.

Fletcher Scholar Student Achievement Award

Emily Christine Grace Dalgo will receive the Fletcher Scholar Award for her academic research, socially conscious creative writing, and her commitment to food security on campus. Dalgo drafted a proposal to create an AU food pantry, which is currently being developed. "AU isn't immune to classist stigmas of poverty and hunger that cause silence around these issues, so I wanted to take action to try to change the conversation and help students who have struggled with food insecurity feel heard and understood," Dalgo said.

Kinsman-Hurst Student Achievement Award

Megan Madeira will receive the Kinsman-Hurst Award for her leadership of different organizations on campus. As president of the School of International Service Undergraduate Council, she created the Students Outreach and Aid for Refugees committee to work with refugees in the DC area. Madeira also organized and co-led a successful three-week Alternative Break to Rwanda with 10 undergraduate and graduate students to learn about women and youth development in a post-conflict environment.

See a full list of University Student Award winners across all schools.

SIS Faculty Awards

SIS Distinguished Service Award

This award is given in recognition of extraordinary service to students and alumni that is of special depth over a sustained period.
David Hirschmann

SIS Scholar/Teacher of the Year

Akbar Ahmed

Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity & Other Professional Contributions

Amitav Acharya

Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship

Michelle Egan

William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching

Paul Wapner

Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment

Terra Gargano
Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby

SIS Morton Bender Nominee

Rachel Sullivan Robinson

Darrell Randall Award for Outstanding Service to the Community

Sharon Weiner

Outstanding Service to the University Community

Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn
Wanda Wigfall-Williams

Outstanding Faculty Mentor

Tammi Gutner

F. Gunther Eyck Award

Aaron Boesenecker

Outstanding Service, Program Director

Simon Nicholson
Judith Shapiro

Outstanding Teaching in an Adjuct Position

Sherry Mueller

SIS Staff Awards

Outstanding Service to Students Award

Sarah Riley

Outstanding Team Player Award

Shayne Melnick

Outstanding Service to the University Community Award

Samssa Ali

Outstanding Service to the SIS Community Award

Marley Crutcher

Outstanding Performance Award

Carolyn Turkaly

SIS Special Recognition Award

This award is given to someone outside SIS who serves SIS staff and students well.
Simona Assenova, HR Foreign Nationals Specialist

SIS Undergraduate Student Awards

SIS-Wide Outstanding Academic Achievement

Emily Dalgo

Exemplary Achievement in Original Research

William Kakenmaster

The Resonator

Samantha Vervaeke

Frank Willis Scotton Award

Rafiat Animashaun

Creative Work in International Studies Award

Stella Cooper

Inspire the Professor Award

Dennis Murphy

Charles H. Heimsath Memorial Award

Joseph Palekas

Pittman B. Potter Award for Outstanding Scholarship in International Law and Organization

Nuha Hamid

Excellence in Regional Studies Award

Gretchen Cloutier

Thematic Area Award in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution

Megan Madeira

Thematic Area Award in The Global Economy

Deborah Carey

Thematic Area Award in Foreign Policy and National Security

Sameer Chintamani

Thematic Area Award in Global Inequality and Development

Jane Haines

Thematic Area Award in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health

Eliisa Carter

Thematic Area Award in Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture

Emem Obot

Thematic Area Award in Justice, Ethics and Human Rights

Mattison Johnston

Thematic Area Award in Global and Comparative Governance

Paul Jeffries

Sigma Iota Rho

SIS also welcomed 77 new members into Sigma Iota Rho this year.

SIS Graduate Student Awards

Louis W. Goodman Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, SIS-Wide

Nadezhda Smakhtina

Outstanding Professional, Policy, or Practical Contribution

Gurmat Sahni

Outstanding Service on Campus

Karen Ives

Outstanding Service or Activism off Campus

Krista Bustamante

Louis W. Goodman Award for Outstanding Academic Performance

Deborah Agustoni
Asvatha Babu
Josephine Boyle
Carley Chavara
Nasir Chowdhury
Frieder Dengler
Michael Holmes
Wilhelm Irwe
Didace Kamana
Joseph Marcus
Karen Molokach
Kaylee Robinson
Kelsey Ross
Johanna Royo
Dimitrije Tasic

Notable Professional, Policy, or Practical Contribution

Emmanuel Awohouedji
Erica Benjamin
Lauren Clemens
Bintu Musa
Joyce Raphail
Patricia Umali
Mathilde Vougny

Notable Service

Lester Asamoah
Corey Broschak
Alexis Gutshall
Valentina Muraleedharan
Katlyln Murray
Lauren Reeves
Bryant Sewell
Simone Williams

Pittman B. Potter Award for Outstanding Scholarship in International Law and Organization

Ben Juvelier

Mahmoud Hamid Award for Notable Professional, Policy, or Practical Contribution

Sarah Veatch

Dr. Mehdi Heravi Internship Fund Recipients

Nora Khatcherian
Devyani Mehta
Kaleigh Thomas

SIS Doctoral Student Awards

Excellence in Research Assistance

Laura Bosco

William C. Olson Award for Outstanding Teaching by a PhD

Eleni Ekmektsioglou

Samuel L. Sharp Memorial Prize for Creative Work in International Relations

Anne Kantel

SIS Winners of External Awards

Boren Fellowship

David Bradshaw
Kevin Burke
Catherine Cohen
Monica Krause
Amanda Lloyd
Joshua Nezam
Patrick O'Hara (Alternate)
Rebecca Pugh (Alternate)
Andrew Smith (Alternate)
Warren Vierheller
Jessica Walton
Jazmin Webb
Gabriel White

Boren Scholarship

Maria Adamou
Ornella Baganizi
Daniel Fitzgerald
Tsering Lhadon
Sarah Melton
Kale Negash
Joni O'Reilly
Elizabeth Raymakers
Catherine Schaper
Sheridan Sullivant (Alternate)

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Christopher Abanavas
Erin Bell
Kirsten Bickelman
Aja Finger
Simone Hutchings
Isabel Moua

Fulbright Grant (Study/Research)

Ronah Baha (Alternate)
Maren Lujan
Rachael Rosenberg (Alternate)
Sagatom Saha (Alternate)

Fulbright Summer UK Institutes

Alexis Braun (Finalist)