2023 Merit and Achievement Awards Ceremony

  • May 22, 2023
Awards & Honors

The School of Graduate Studies proudly recognizing the notable achievements of graduate students, faculty, and staff at the annual Merit and Achievement Awards Ceremony. These awards recognize important accomplishments in research and scholarship, teaching and mentoring, leadership, outreach, and service across all disciplines, through Chancellor-level affiliations, and within specific disciplinary clusters.

This year, we celebrated the 2023 winners on Thursday, May 11th at the Rutgers Club. Congratulations again to our awardees!


School of Graduate Studies Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award

Vyshali Manivannan, Communication, Information, & Media


Harvey Waterman Medal of Excellence

Kevin Tveter, Food Science


Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence

​​​​​​​John Palmieri, MD/PhD Dual Degree


Outstanding Doctoral Student Awards

Kevinn Eddy, Pharmacology, Cellular & Molecular

Carolina Flores Henrique, Philosophy

Stephanie Walsh, Planning & Public Policy

Jeffrey Yang, Medicinal Chemistry


Outstanding Master's Student Awards

Natasha Malonza, Kinesiology & Physiology

Gayatri Sreenivasan, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Grace Wetzel, Psychology


Excellence in Leadership and Teaching Awards

​​​​​​​Melanie Maimon, Psychology

Jaclynn Meshanni, Toxicology


Excellence in Outreach and Service Awards

Graham Bastian, Nutritional Sciences

Simran Shah, Biomedical Sciences


Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Awards

Asher Ghertner, Geography

Shana Cole, Psychology


Excellence in Student Support Award

Mary Ellen Presa, Biomedical Engineering


Dean's Special Recognition Awards

Tina Marottoli

Barbara Sirman