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Award Opportunities

Student in a medical lab.
Two students work on a research project.
Geology student holds up a fossil.

The Graduate School office sponsors awards, fellowships, scholarships and assistantships for deserving students.

In addition, the Graduate School offers the Excellence in Mentoring award to recognize an oustanding faculty member who has provided superior guidance to graduate students. 

Many public and private organizations also provide fellowships and scholarships for graduate students. Please visit the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards for assistance in finding and applying to competitive awards. 

Recent Graduate Student Award Winners

2017 Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence


The PMGSE is a prestigious honor awarded by the university president to exceptional graduate students who best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and the ideals of the University of Cincinnati.

Kendra Leahy Denlinger, Chemistry, PhD

Jessica Ross, Neuroscience, PhD

Sid Thatham, Chemical Engineering, MEng and Business Administration, MBA

2017 Graduate Student Expo Winners


Winners from the 2017 Graduate Student Expo.

Left to Right: Dean Chip Montrose, Sarah Schwab, Angelica Hardee, Shraddha Barawkar, Daniel Peat, M. Sadegh Riasi, Eugenia Mazur, Carolyn Wagner.

Fine Arts Gallery

  • Carolyn Wagner , Fine Arts, MFA

Poster Forum

  • Shima Dalirirad, Physics, PhD
  • Joshua Eby, Physics, PhD
  • Hedieh Hashemi Hosseinabad, Communication Sciences and Disorders, PhD
  • Rajeswari Jayavaradhan, Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine, PhD
  • Emily Jennings, Biological Sciences, PhD
  • Todd Lingren, Biomedical Informatics, PhD
  • Samantha Marita, Educational Studies, PhD
  • Eugenia Mazur and María Carmen Hernández, Romance Languages & Literatures, PhD
  • Daniel Peat, Business Administration, PhD
  • Mohammad Sadegh Riasi, Environmental Engineering, PhD

Three Minute Thesis Competition

  • First Place—Sarah Schwab, Physical Therapy, DPT
  • Second Place—Angelica Hardee, Health Promotion and Education, PhD
  • Third Place—Shraddha Barawkar, Mechanical Engineering, MS

2017 Graduate School Dean's Fellowship Recipients

The Graduate School Dean's Fellowship awards up to six fellowships annually to doctoral students in the final year of degree work to support superior scholarship that enhances the reputation of their program, department and the University of Cincinnati. Each award includes a $20,000 fellowship and a full one-year tuition scholarship. 

Stephanie Alcantar, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
Ian Bruzas, Department of Chemistry, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
Michael Kennedy, Division of Composition, Musicology, and Theory, College-Conservatory of Music
Kathleen Kidder, Department of Classics, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
Sammie Marita, Educational Studies Program, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
Anwar Mhajne, Department of Political Science, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

2017 Excellence in Teaching Award

Ruth Pogacar.

2017 Excellence in Teaching recipient Ruth Pogacar

Ruth Pogacar, Business Administration (LCOB) PhD student

College Awardees
  • CAHS: Chelsea Blankenship, Communication Sciences & Disorders, PhD student
  • CCM: Alyssa Mehnert, Musicology, PhD student
  • CECH: Danika McLeod, Criminal Justice, PhD student
  • Pharmacy: Salwa Ragab, Pharmaceutical Sciences/Biopharmaceutics, PhD student