Kudos! Student Awards Roundup 2020-2021

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News
Thursday, June 3, 2021

The end of another academic year gives us the chance to look back at our students' achievements both inside and outside the department—with awards and honors not only from MIT but also from scientific organizations and other institutions.


Graduate Students

 

Rohini Shivamoggi 

received the MIT RISE Mens et Manus Award, in recognition of a senior and a graduating masters or doctoral candidate in our community who has shown a passion and affinity for diversity and inclusion work. To be nominated for this award, the student must have made a lasting impact on the MIT community. This student has gone above and beyond to bring awareness to issues of diversity and inclusion at MIT and has been active in the community to promote cultural awareness. 

 

Noah Anderson, Katie Halloran, Jing He, and Joshua Murray

received an EAPS Award for Excellence in Teaching, in recognition of graduate student teaching assistants in the department who have been selected by faculty and students to have met the highest levels of performance.

 

Ekaterina Bolotskaya

received a MathWorks Science Fellowship 2020-2021, the SEG/David R. Lammlein Scholarship 2020-2021, and the SEG Foundation Scholarship​ 2020-2021.

 

Henri Drake

received a NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship.

 

Eli Mansbach

was awarded a NASA FINESST (Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology) grant to conduct research in paleomagnetism of primitive achondrite meteorites. 

 

Fatima Husain

was awarded an inaugural WISDM fellowship from the MIT Innovation Initiative and is a Praecis Presidential Fellow.

 

Ciara Willis

was awarded an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship – Doctoral program.

 

Jonathan Lin and Michaela Fendrock 

won MIT School of Science Spot Award for work as Peer Mentor Czars.

 

Elisabeth Freese

received an MIT Martin Fellowship, Class 2021-2022.

 

Julia Wilcots

received the MIT Larry G. Benedict Leadership Award, honoring two students, one undergraduate and one graduate, who have shown dedication to empowering their fellow students to develop as leaders. Recipients are active mentors and coaches to their peers within the MIT community. She also received an MIT School of Science Spot Award for organizing #ShutDownSTEM in EAPS last summer.

 

Zahra Essack

was awarded the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship for 2020-2021.

 

Caue Borlina

was awarded the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Blaustein Fellowship, starting on Jan 2021.

 

Mara Freilich

was awarded a Scripps Institutional Postdoctoral Fellowship. She also received an MIT School of Science Spot Award for organizing #ShutDownSTEM in EAPS last summer.

 

Diana Dumit 

was awarded an MIT School of Science Spot Award for her work as ESAC President.

 

Meghana Ranganathan

was awarded an MIT School of Science Spot Award for organizing #ShutDownSTEM in EAPS last summer. 

 

Margaret Duffy

was awarded an MIT School of Science Spot Award for organizing #ShutDownSTEM in EAPS last summer.

 

Kasturi Shah

was awarded an MIT School of Science Spot Award for organizing #ShutDownSTEM in EAPS last summer and received an MIT School of Science Spot Award for work as Peer Mentor Czars.

 

Elise Cutts

was awarded a NSF GRFP and the MIT Ida M. Green fellowship.


Undergraduate Students

 

Sarah Weidman '21

received an EAPS Award for Excellence in Teaching, in recognition of graduate student teaching assistants in the department who have been selected by faculty and students to have met the highest levels of performance.

 

Juliana Drozd '22

received the EAPS Achievement Award, in recognition of a junior from across the EAPS disciplines who has distinguished themselves through a combination of high GPA, focused course work, and leadership within the department. 

 

Megan Guenther '21

received the Christopher Goetze Prize for Undergraduate Research, in recognition of innovative experimental design, care in data collection, and sensitive application of results to research problems.

 

Julia Clarke '21

received the W.O Crosby Award for Sustained Excellence, in recognition of achievement, both academic and intellectual, as well as general contributions to the EAPS Department. 

 

Lily Zhang '22

received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

 

Aviva Intveld '23

was received the NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship.

 

Alex Miller '21 (minoring in EAPS)

wins the Dean A. Horn Award for Undergraduate Study in Marine Research.

 

Sheila Baber '21

was inducted into the Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

 

Azzo Séguin '21

was inducted into the Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. 


Team Awards

 

TIDE (Towards Inclusion and Diversity in EAPS)

was honored with the inaugural EAPS Community Builder Award by the EAPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI-C). This award recognizes EAPS community member(s) or group(s) for exceptional service that benefits EAPS. This service can be in the form of DEI initiatives, mentorship, outreach, and more. The recipient(s) will have shown dedication towards service that ensures justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the work they do.

This year, the EAPS student-led group TIDE is recognized for its exceptional and varied contributions to our department. With this award we recognize the vision, leadership and dedication of co-coordinators Meghana Ranganathan, Julia Wilcots and Rohini Shivamoggi. We also recognize the commitment of members who have helped lead TIDE initiatives and who have liasoned with other efforts to make forward progress in diversity, equity and inclusion across the department. These members include Kasturi Shah, Noah Anderson, Henri Drake, Lyssa Freese, Lexi Jones, Diana Dumit, Michaela Fendrock, Athena Eyster, Christopher Kinsley, Tristan Abbot, Marjorie Cantine, Lesley Franco, Mara Freilich, Zoe Levitt, Jonathan Lin, Joanna Millstein, Rose Palermo, Raphaël Rousseau-Rizzi, Maya Stokes, Foteini Vervelidou, Catherine Wilka, Lily Zhang, and Irene Zhang.

Story Image: The Green Building, spring 2021 Credit: Gretchen Ertl, MIT Image Library