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Graduate Awards

The philosophy department holds yearly awards for its graduate students to recognize outstanding Research, Teaching, and Service. A jury made up of both faculty and students decides on the recipients. The nomination period typically opens in January and runs until February 25th of each year. Undergraduate students are encouraged to nominate graduate instructors. Following this period, anyone who has been nominated can submit a formal application. For more information, refer to Awards Information and Nomination Form.

To view the Penn State University and College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Awards Information please visit the Awards Information Page

2020 Graduate Award Winners

Mercer Gary
Mercer Gary accepted the Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Award in Research.
Nicole Yokum
Nicole Yokum accepted the Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Award in Teaching.

Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Awards:

Mercer Gary, Excellence in Research — with an Honorable Mention to Corinne Lajoie
Nicole Yokum, Excellence in Teaching
Tiesha Cassel, Excellence in Service — with an Honorable Mention to Ashley Lamarre

Corinne Lajoie
Corinne Lajoie received an Honorable mention for Excellence in Research
Ashley Lamarre
Ashley Lamarre received an Honorable mention for Excellence in Service.

2019 Graduate Award Winners

Nicole Yokum
Nicole Yokum accepted the Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Award in Service.
Michael "Rawb" Leon-Carlyle
Michael "Rawb" Leon-Carlyle accepted the Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Award in Teaching.

Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award:

Tano Posteraro

Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Awards:

Tiffany Tsantsoulas, Excellence in Research
Michael “Rawb” Leon-Carlyle, Excellence in Teaching
Nicole Yokum, Excellence in Service

2018 Graduate Award Winners

College of the Liberal Arts STAR Award:

Daniel Smith

Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award:

Kristopher Klotz

Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Awards:

Emma Velez, Excellence in Research
Samuel Gault, Excellence in Teaching
Eyo Ewara, Excellence in Service

2017 Graduate Award Winners

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Graduate Award Winners William Paris (left) and Edward O'Byrn (right) pose with fellow grad student Emma Velez

College of the Liberal Arts STAR Award:

Daniel Smith

Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award:

William Paris
Edward O’Byrn

Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Awards:

Romy Opperman, Excellence in Research
Kristopher Klotz, Excellence in Teaching 
Tiffany Tsantsoulas, Excellence in Service