Award Opportunities

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

2018 Graduate School Dean's Fellowship

  • Christopher Motz, Department of Classics, College of Arts and Science
  • Harshad Puranik, Department of Management, Carl H. Lindner College of Business
  • Mohammadreza Radmanesh, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Crystal Whetstone, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Alex Yarawsky, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology Graduate Program, College of Medicine

2018 Excellence in Teaching Award

Alex Jones, Computer Science & Engineering (CEAS), PhD student

Joe Deye, Communication (A&S), MA student

College Awardees

  • A&S: Abigail Richard, Mathematical Sciences, PhD
  • CAHS: Chelsea Benson Blankenship, Communication Sciences and Disorders, PhD
  • CCM: Michael Hayden, Music Theory, MM
  • CCM: Joseph Rivers, Music Education, MM
  • CECH: Laura Kelley, Educational Studies, PhD
  • DAAP: Jongwoong Kim, Regional Development Planning, PhD
  • LCOB: Harshad Puranik, Business Administration, PhD 

2017-18 MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Biological and Life Sciences

Jeremy M. Kinder, Immunology, PhD
Reproductive Benefits Conferred by Genetically Foreign Cells that Persist in Mothers and Offspring

Humanities/Fine Arts

Emily C. Egan, Classics, PhD
Nestor’s Megaron: Contextualizing a Mycenaean Institution at Pylos

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