Thank you so much for joining us on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 for the Graduate Student Awards celebration in the Great room of the Healey Family Student Center. 

The awards presented were as follows:

1.    The Graduate Student Teaching Award: This award recognizes graduate students acting as the instructor of record, i.e., teaching their own course.  Awards are given to one student from each area: humanities, social science, and science.

Our winners for 2016 are: Laura Zimmermann, Caitlin M. Brown, and Celia Chomón Zamora




Laura Zimmermann


Caitlin M. Brown


Elise Cardinale Psychology 

Celia Chomón Zamora

Spanish and Portuguese (Linguistics track)

Alissa Walter


Katherine Vadella

Spanish and Portuguese (Linguistics track)

Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz Psychology 

Alexandra Martin

Spanish and Portuguese (Linguistics track)

Francisco Gallegos


Benson Stevens

Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

Ines Corujo Martin

Spanish and Portuguese (Lit/Cult track)


2. The Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award: This award recognizes excellence among graduate students serving as Teaching Assistants. Awards are given to one student from each area: humanities, social science, science and at-large.

Our winners for 2016 are: Alexander PodkulGracia El Ayle, Katherine Ward, and Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz




Alexander Podkul Government
Ariya Hagh Government 

Fatima Al-Dosari

Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT)

Gracia El Ayle


Jacob Owens

Foreign Service

Jooeun Kim


Katherine Ward Philosophy

Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz


Marya Hannun

Arabic &  Islamic Studies

Miao Bai

McCourt School of Public Policy

Muran Chen


Pooja Suri

McCourt School of Public Policy

Renjie Ge


Susette Ingram


Tanaporn Wangsanut


Veli Safak



3. Outstanding Graduate Student Organization Award - This award recognizes the graduate student organization that demonstrated consistent flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance; made a meaningful contribution to graduate students, the University, and/or the surrounding community; and organized activities, events, and programs that have had a significant impact on the quality of campus life at Georgetown University.

Our winner for 2016 is: LAPA (Latin America Policy Association)



Organization   President/ Leader

Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society

André Pinhiero


Isaac Riddle

Graduate Student Consulting Group

Iseult Morgan & Olivier Rochedreux

Medical Center Graduate Student Organization

Monica Javidnia

LAPA (Latin America Policy Association)

Leonel Prieto

McDonough School of Business Net Impact

Ruth Hupart & Olga Monfiston

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

Tejal Desai & Chris Blank


4. The Gerald M. Mara Faculty Mentoring Award: This award recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies the spirit of cura personalis in aiding the academic and professional development of graduate students. 

Our winner for 2016 is: Lourdes Ortega (Linguistics)


Professor Department

Adam Thomas

McCourt School of Public Policy

Anirudh Gaur

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Craig Zelizer


Cristina Sanz

Spanish & Portuguese, Linguistics

Elizabeth Arsenault

Security Studies

Edward S. Goldstein

McCourt School of Public Policy

Erwin Tiongson

School of Foreign Service

Mark MacCarthy

Communication, Culture & Technology

Michael Collins


Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

School of Foreign Service

Peter I. Belk

Security Studies

Rebecca R Riggins

Tumor Biology

Richard Calderone

Microbiology & Immunology

Anton Wellstein

Oncology & Pharmacology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Ao Yuan


Christopher Swift

Security Studies

Elizabeth Stanley

Security Studies

John L. Casey

Microbiology & Immunology

Patrick O'Malley


Lourdes Ortega


Rebecca M Ryan


Ronald P. Leow

Spanish & Portuguese

Spencer P Boyer

BMW Center for German and European Studies



5. Outstanding Leader in a Graduate Student Organization

This award recognizes a Georgetown University graduate student who has made outstanding contributions to the campus community by their leadership, programming endeavors, individual skills, volunteer activities, service, and attitude in support of student activities as a member or leader of a group under the Graduate Student Government (GradGov).

Our winner for 2016 is:  Lucretia Witte, Eduwonks




 Augustin Porres

Latin America Policy Association

Marielle Hampe

English Graduate Student Association

Will Todman

Georgetown Refugee Action

Cherylann Pasha

English Graduate Student Association

Lucretia Witte


Susette Ingram

Graduate Student Organization of Chemistry


Congratulations to all our nominees and winners.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Assistant Director of Graduate Enrichment, Owen Agho at