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Dean's Alumni Association Leadership Award

This award, initiated in 2011, is made possible through the generous support of the Stony Brook Alumni Association and its commitment to furthering the mission of the University by engaging all alumni and students to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the University and its graduates. The award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated strong leadership abilities in engaging the graduate student community.

The awards committee will consider the following when reviewing nominations:

  1. Students' leadership abilities displayed in building networking opportunities among their own department or across departments.
  2. Students' service to the general graduate student community.

One award, in the amount of $1,000, will be granted.

Departments and Programs with graduate students may nominate one (1) candidate. Each nomination must be made by the student's Graduate Program Director (GPD). 

Each nomination should include:

  • A completed  Google Nomination Form.
  • A letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director (GPD) detailing the student’s leadership roles, organization involvement and community building outcomes. If there is a conflict, the Department Chair can provide this  nomination letter in lieu of the GPD.
  • A letter of support from the student’s advisor.
  • Up to two additional letters of support from any faculty, staff or student.
  • Student’s C.V.

The nomination deadline is Monday, February 22, 2021, at 5:00 pm. 

Past Recipients

2021: Zared Shawver, Psychology
2020:  Spencer Austin, History
2019:  Yalile Suriel, History
2018:  Molly Graffam, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
2017: Vahideh Rasekhi, Linguistics
2016: Saul Siller, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
2015: Peter Chahales, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
2014: Gregory Rosenthal, History
2013: Bethany Coston, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
2012: Sheryl Bell, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
2011: Caitlin Fisher-Reid, Ecology and Evolution