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

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


2017 Excellence in Teaching Award

Ruth Pogacar.

Ruth Pogacar, 2017 Excellence in Teaching recipient

  • 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