Each year, we recognize outstanding members of our community through The Graduate School Awards and the Ver Steeg Awards.

The Graduate School Awards

The 2016 Awards and Recognition Ceremony took place on March 8, 2016. Awards were presented in three main areas, reflecting The Graduate School's Strategic Plan: Diversity, Service and Engagement.


The awards for diversity recognize individuals who have contributed to an environment which values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives, which we at The Graduate School believe are essential ingredients for academic excellence.

Peter Rios | Biomedical Engineering
Peter Rios
Student Award
Franz Geiger | Professor, Chemistry
Franz Geiger
Faculty Award
Veronika Hoeke | Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry
Veronika Hoeke
Postdoctoral Fellow Award
Sally McIver | The Assistant Director of Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program
Sally McIver
Staff Award


Service can mean many things, and in this case, the common thread for our honorees is they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to be of assistance to The Graduate School and our constituents.

Kristi Ward | Communication Science & Disorders
Kristi Ward
Student Award
Kenzie Cameron | Research Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
Kenzie Cameron
Faculty Award
Joshua Wood | Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering
Joshua Wood
Postdoctoral Fellow Award
Irene Sakk | Program Assistant, Linguistics
Irene Sakk
Staff Award


Honorees in this area have helped build networks that strengthen collaboration within the graduate and postdoctoral communities.

Robin Brewer | Technology and Social Behavior
Robin Brewer
Student Award
Rachel Riedl | Assistant Professor, Political Science
Rachel Riedl
Faculty Award
Eleonora Forte | Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology-Immunology
Eleonora Forte
Postdoctoral Fellow Award
Mona Dugo | Senior Associate Dean of Students
Mona Dugo
Staff Award

Ver Steeg Award

This award recognizes outstanding work with graduate students in The Graduate School.

S. Hollis Clayson | Professor, Art History
S. Hollis Clayson

Faculty Award

Ramille Shah | Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering and Surgery (Transplant Division)
Ramille Shah

Faculty Award