Graduate Awards Listing and Descriptions
Leadership, Public Service, and Mentoring Awards
The following awards are for Arts and Sciences and Engineering graduate students and faculty.
The Robert P. Guertin Graduate Student Leadership Award
This award recognizes outstanding graduate student leadership in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, or engineering. Evidence of nominees' leadership may include accomplishments in such areas as academic or social programming, curricular initiatives, supporting the work and lives of fellow students, community service, and/or developing improved policies. Nominees may be individuals or groups.
The Rob Hollister Award for Graduate Student Citizenship
This award recognizes graduate students who have contributed their time and effort to the community outside of Tufts. This contribution could be in the form of volunteer work, activism in community issues, or participation in public service activities. Nominees may be individuals or groups of students enrolled in either the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering.
The Award for Faculty Teaching and Mentoring
This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding support of a graduate student (or students) from course completion through research and post-degree placement. Special attention will be paid to nominees who have demonstrated ongoing support for underrepresented students and for issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Two awards are given each year, one recognizing a faculty member in Arts and Sciences and one recognizing a faculty member in Engineering.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Awards
The following awards are for Arts and Sciences graduate students.
Outstanding Academic Scholarship
Master's level: This award recognizes students' overall academic achievement, as evidenced by course grades, quality of papers, theses and projects in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences.
Ph.D. level: This award recognizes students' overall academic achievement, as evidenced by course grades, quality of papers, theses and projects in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences.
Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education
This award recognizes excellence as a teaching assistant, with evidence of cultural humility and cultural responsiveness, or in other roles such as mentoring with cultural sensitivity of undergraduate students in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences.
School of Engineering Awards
The following awards are for Engineering graduate students.
Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education
This award is focused on full-time graduate students who through TA work, voluntary service, and/or other activities have enhanced significantly the education programs of the department.
Outstanding Academic Scholarship
Master's level: This award is focused on full-time, thesis program students who have distinguished themselves in research, especially technical publication. Ph.D. level: This award is focused on full-time, thesis program students who have distinguished themselves in research, especially technical publication.
Award for Commitment to the Practice of Engineering
This award recognized engineering graduate students who bring to their graduate studies a substantial record of practice-based experience and accomplishment.
Graduate Alumni Awards
The following awards are for Arts and Sciences and Engineering graduate alumni
Outstanding Career Achievement Award
This award is given to a Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or School of Engineering graduate alumnus/a who has excelled in their career of choice. Nominators are asked to include examples of the nominee's career achievements; contributions to their field; contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in their career or field and a current resume (if possible). Nominators may include additional letters of support/testimonials; articles about or published by the nominee, etc.
Outstanding Service Award
This award recognizes a Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or School of Engineering graduate alumnus/a who has made exceptional contributions to Tufts and/or the broader community since they have graduated. Nominees may have distinguished themselves through service contributions to our student community at Tufts and/or to wider community development. Nominators are asked to include examples of the nominee's contributions to Tufts and/or the broader community and a current resume (if possible). Nominations that include exemplary contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are preferred. Nominators may include additional letters of support/testimonials.
Departmental awards are presented at the Graduate Student Award Ceremony or Commencement. Students are nominated for these awards at the departmental level.
Mary Ann Mulcahy Service in Education Award
The Department of Education and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service created this award to honor a graduate student completing the M.A.T. middle and high school teacher licensure program who has demonstrated a strong commitment to both public service and effective classroom practice in the field experience portion of their program.
The Marjorie B. Greene Award in Occupational Therapy
This award is made to an occupational therapy graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of leadership and involvement in student and professional activities. Ms. Greene was one of the founders of the Boston School of Occupational Therapy in 1918. She was a pioneer in occupational therapy and a leader in OT state and national organizations.
The Joy Ann Greisen Scholarship – Department of Occupational Therapy
The Joy Ann Greisen Scholarship was created in 1999 in accordance with the wishes of Joy Ann Sambur Griesen after a nine-year battle with breast cancer. In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Greisen's husband and sons established the scholarship to enable students who demonstrate financial need to attend the Boston School of Occupational Therapy.
Virginia Auty Nedved-Cook Endowed Student Research Fund
This award is made to an occupational therapy graduate student whose exemplary work strengthens the cross-disciplinary research collaborations of occupational therapy.
The Bekenstein Family Endowment – Department of Occupational Therapy
The Bekenstein Family Endowment was established in 2005 by Anita and Josh Bekenstein. The award is presented to Occupational Therapy students for support. Awards are rewarded to students based on academic standing and students who demonstrate financial need. These students also demonstrate a trajectory for leadership in the profession.
Sarah Plummer Memorial Prize
The Sarah Plummer Memorial Prize is awarded annually to a graduate student or students who demonstrate a deep commitment to the field of classical archaeology or classical studies; to the Tufts University Department of Classical Studies; and to the broader community.
Rhonda Saad Graduate Prize
The Rhonda Saad Graduate Prize recognizes a graduating master's student in art history or art history/museum studies for outstanding academic excellence, as well as related achievement in teaching, research, museum work, or community involvement. The award is established in memory of Rhonda Saad, G08, with the generous assistance of Rhonda's classmates. A scholar of Islamic Art, pursuing a Ph.D. at the time of her death, Saad was a cherished student, teacher, colleague, and friend whose zest and optimism profoundly impacted the lives and work of all those around her.
Professor Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama
The Professor Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama is awarded annually to a Ph.D. student in drama who has completed all the requirements for the degree except the dissertation; who has demonstrated distinction academically and in research; and who has contributed to the life of the program in an outstanding manner. The prize was established by alumni, colleagues, and friends in honor of Kalman A. Burnim, emeritus Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory and Tufts alumnus (A50), who created the Ph.D. program in drama. During his twenty-eight years at Tufts, Professor Burnim chaired the department for nine years and earned his reputation as a world-renowned scholar in theatre history.
The Eliot-Pearson Doctoral Research Practice Integration Award
The award is given to the student whose accomplishments in scholarship and applied work has demonstrated the most potential to foster the integration of research and practice.
Innovations in Psychological Science Award
This award is given to the Psychology or Cognitive Science – Psychology graduate student whose scholarship shows innovations toward unraveling the mysteries of Psychological Science. The innovations could be theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and/or analytical.
Greenwald Summer Fellowship for Research in Psychology
The Dr. Deborah Greenwald Fellowship has been made possible by a generous donation from Ms. Celia Rumsey, an alumnae of the Psychology Department, to recognize the impact Dr. Deborah Greenwald had on her Tufts education. Recipients of a Deborah Greenwald Summer Fellowship show clarity in defining a summer research plan, contextualized within their greater research program.
Ann Urosevich Outstanding Student Award in Policy and Planning
This award is made to a graduate student in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a deep commitment to the professional practice of policy and planning.
Mary Glaser Distinguished Teaching Prize–Department of Mathematics
The Mary Glaser Distinguished Teaching Prize is awarded each year to up to two graduate students in Mathematics at Tufts University. Awardees are graduate students who have taught individual courses or conducted recitation sections and shown consistent dedication and creativity in their teaching duties. Such students exhibit an unusual ability to engage students inside and outside the classroom. The award is named in honor of Mary Glaser, currently a Senior Lecturer Emerita in the Math Department. Mary joined Tufts in 1986 and has since cemented her status as a legendary teacher. She has won numerous teaching awards herself, including the TCU Senate Education Committee Teacher of the Year Award, the Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising, and was named one of the 300 Best Professors in America by the Princeton Review. Mary was and still is an invaluable mentor to all instructors in the Department, including graduate students. Thus, the intention of this award is to honor students that exhibit the same dedication to improving their teaching skills, engaging all students, and classroom creativity that Mary embodies.