Outstanding Undergraduate Student Honorees

Each semester, we recognize some of our outstanding graduating students. These undergraduates were nominated by their departments for their academic achievement, contributions to the field, and student involvement.

Nivedita Anjaria

Nivedita Anjaria

BA, Psychology, 2020

Recipient of the Dean's Challenge Award and the American Psychology-Law Society Award.

Abby Butler-Cefalo

Abby Butler-Cefalo

BA, Integrative Studies, 2020

Honors student with a concentration in Social Justice & Human Rights was central in planning, developing, and launching the Honors College Advisory Board.

Jill Dail

Jill Dail

BA, Communication, 2020

Graduating with Honors in Communication and demonstrated excellence in original research.

Sofie Eklund Therkelsen

Sofie Eklund Therkelsen

BS, Psychology, 2020

Psychology Honors student plans to pursue PhD in order to study human memory.

Cory Jack

Cory Jack

BS, Economics, 2020

Completed an undergraduate thesis on anti-trust laws in higher education, and will be attending law school after graduation.

Melinda Kong

Melinda Kong

BA, Global Affairs, 2020

Presented an engaging capstone project on the "river-conflict" between China and Southeast Asian countries.

Kanghyun Kwon

Kanghyun Kwon

BA, Global Affairs, 2020

Completed an insightful analysis on the current Hong Kong protests as his capstone project, and will pursue a Juris Doctor in Australia starting next year.

Alexander Naumov

Alexander Naumov

BA, Russian and Eurasian Studies, 2020

Studied in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan and published pieces on events in Belarus and Russian in "PONARS Eurasia" and "The Cipher Brief".

Stephany Peipert

Stephany Peipert

BA, Sociology, 2020

Participant of the Nonprofit Fellows Program completed compelling research on sociological and social justice perspectives in nonprofit management.

Rhett Russell

Rhett Russell

BA, History, 2020

Demonstrated strong writing and analytical skills throughout his career at Mason.

Anthony Scanzo-Masiero

Anthony Scanzo-Masiero

BA, Criminology, Law and Society, 2020

An interest in philosophy encouraged this acclaimed CLS graduate to pursue law school after graduation.

Carl Willis

Carl Willis

BIS, Individualized Study, 2020

Veteran-turned-scholar conducted research on the Personal Perceptions of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matters, and will begin a Master’s in Public administration in January 2021.

Ana Zevallos

Ana Zevallos

BS, Criminology, Law and Society, 2020

Recipient of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarship, and author of an impressive research paper on China's persecution of Uyghur Muslims.