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2019–20 Ver Steeg and McBride Award Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2019–20 recipients of The Graduate School's Ver Steeg and McBride Awards. Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients:

Ver Steeg Awards

shirin-web.jpgFaculty Award: Shirin Vossoughi, PhD

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences
School of Education and Social Policy
"I can't think of anyone more deserving than Shirin. I often say that I would've dropped out if it wasn't for her because she never made me feel inadequate in a place that is individualistic and competitive. As a first-generation Black woman, there are many things about grad school that are invisible to me. Shirin knows this and provides intimate support that is rarely found. She has gone out of her way to make sure that I know that I am enough—an invaluable feeling we all deserve as grad students."

Staff Award: Bud Robinson

Graduate Program Assistant, Physics and Astronomy
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
"Bud seriously goes above and beyond and is a passionate person. No one is ever just another graduate student or a bother. He truly cares about individuals and the department. He is always thinking of ways to improve the experience of graduate school, improve the department culture, and make people feel welcome. He is always the first to jump in and lend a hand."


McBride Awards

Student Award: Ivan Hernandez

PhD Candidate, Social Psychology
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
"Everybody who interacts with Ivan immediately benefits from his endless efforts to promote community and inclusion. He does this work with positive energy and a smile. He never asks for recognition, and he manages to do all of this while developing an exciting and impressive scholarly record. Ivan is a model for us all."

Postdoctoral Trainee Award: Anastasia Manesis, PhD

Postdoctoral Trainee, Chemistry
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
"Anastasia's record of outreach and community engagement is exceptional. She is a role model in the laboratory, as well as a leader and quintessential team player. Her tireless mentorship and inclusion efforts have made my laboratory a better place. She will continue to be an invaluable asset to the Northwestern community as well as to younger aspiring scientists in the Chicago area and beyond."



Learn more about the Ver Steeg and McBride Awards