The Graduate School recognized master’s and doctoral students as well as faculty mentors from across Virginia Tech’s campuses and programs for their work, honoring them with awards of excellence at its annual awards reception during Graduate Education Week.

Award recipients included the Graduate Students of the Year and students who received the Graduate Service Excellence Award, Graduate Teaching Assistance Excellence Awards, and Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis Awards. Outstanding Master’s Degree and Ph.D. students chosen by each college received honors, as did faculty members chosen by the colleges.

Student of the year and service awards

Thesis and dissertation awards

  • Outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Dissertation Award: Ebenezer Fanijo, civil and environmental engineering, College of Engineering
  • Outstanding Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Humanities (SSBEH) Dissertation Awards: Kuan Hung Lo, science, technology, and society, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Duygu Pamukcu, business information technology, Pamplin College of Business
  • Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, STEM: Haider Ali, computer science, College of Engineering
  • Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, SSBEH: Erica Blake, history, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Teaching awards

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Instructor of Record Excellence Award: Emily Burns, Ph.D. Student, higher education administration, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award: Adam Masters, Ph.D. student, engineering education, College of Engineering

Outstanding doctoral degree students

Outstanding master's degree students

Outstanding faculty mentors

For more information about the awards, visit the Graduate School’s awards and honors webpage