Graduate Student Award


The Graduate Student of the Year Award is given to an exceptional BAE graduate student in recognition of his/her outstanding academic performance, research accomplishments and overall contribution to the department and profession.


The award will be open to BAE graduate students who are enrolled in the BAE M.S. or Ph.D. program during the current academic year and have filed a program of study. A student may receive the award only once for each degree.

Nature and condition

The award will be a certificate and a monetary award. The recipient will receive special recognition at the Department Scholarship and Award Reception and will be nominated for the Graduate Student of the Year Award of the Mid-Central ASAE Conference.

Nomination and selection procedures

The BAE Graduate Committee Chair shall initiate the awards nomination process by sending the award guidelines to all BAE faculty and graduate students. Faculty and students may submit a letter of nomination detailing a candidate's performance and outstanding accomplishments. The deadline for submission of the nomination is January 31. The Graduate Committee Chair will ask each nominee to provide a curriculum vitae and names of three references. The winner will be selected by the BAE Graduate Committee by February 28. No more than one award will be given each year.

Award criteria
  1. Academic performance (GPA, strength of program of study, timeliness in filing program of study and proposing research project, etc.)
  2. Research track record and research potential (journal articles, technical papers, scholarly presentations, performance in Graduate Seminar, honors and awards, etc.)
  3. Leadership and service contributions to the department, university, and professional societies

Award recipients

Fei Xyza Asuncion 2022-2023
Mingqiang Han 2021-2022
Jikai Zhao 2020-2021
Jun Li 2018-2019
Youjie Xu 2017-2018
Kelsey R. McDonough 2016-2017
Nana Baah Appiah-Nkansah 2015-2016
Yong "Ike" Wei 2014-2015
Vahid Rahmani 2013-2014
Henry Bonifacio 2012-2013
Li Guo 2010-2011
Peng Li 2009-2010
Yali Zhang 2008-2009
Deisy Corredor 2007-2008
Laura Christianson 2006-2007
Pushpa Tuppad 2005-2006
Kyeonghwan Lee 2004-2005