Outstanding Undergraduate Student Honorees - Winter 2021

Each semester, we recognize some of our outstanding graduating students. These undergraduate students were nominated by their departments for their academic achievement and contributions to their respective fields.

Emily Bee

Emily Bee

BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Business Sustainability

Extensive internship experience with Blumont Inc and volunteer work with Student Conservation Association helped this transfer student land a job with ICF after graduation.

Anna Belova

Anna Belova

BA in Russian and Eurasian Studies with a concentration in Russian Language and Culture

A dedicated and self-motivated student with rich vocabulary knowledge and grammar command of the Russian language who hopes to become a teacher for English as a foreign language students.

Karely Carballo

Karely Carballo

BA in Human Development & Family Science with a minor in Conflict Analysis & Resolution

With the highest GPA of her graduating cohort, this outstanding student is prepared to succeed in graduate studies in order to become a school counselor.

Dianne Decasa

Dianne Decasa

BA in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance

Creativity and critical thinking made her a stand-out student of her capstone seminar.

Edwin Delgado

Edwin Delgado

BA in History with a concentration in US History

The first in his family to earn a Bachelor's degree who was described as a dedicated and excellent student of history.

Matthew Dumm

Matthew Dumm

BA in Philosophy

A law school hopeful who supported the crew club throughout the pandemic.

Lara Garrity

Lara Garrity

BA in Foreign Languages with a Concentration in Korean, and Criminology, Law and Society with a Concentration in Criminal Justice; Minor in Chinese

With a talent for languages, this outstanding student recieved an award for her paper and presentation, delivered entirely in Korean, during the Mason Undergraduate Student Conference in Korean Studies.

Whitney Gilliland

Whitney Gilliland

BS in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Applied Global Conservation

An internship with Disney sparked an interest in conservation that led this outstanding student to work with students from around the globe and to exciting groundbreaking research on bat populations through the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation.

Janelle Gonzaga

Janelle Gonzaga

BS in Psychology with concentrations in Developmental Psychology and Work and Organizational Psychology

An accomplished honors student in and out of the classroom who revitalized the Mason Psychology Club while completing an intensive multi-year research project.

Constance Hall

Constance Hall

Bachelor's of Individualized Studies

A Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's student in special education who used her experience as a teacher's assistant in Fairfax County Public Schools to inform her capstone paper on how to develop social skills for children with autism for inclusion in school settings.

Jazmine Hawks

Jazmine Hawks

BA in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Legal Studies

A dynamic student who demonstrated resilience by persevering through challenges to prepare for law school and a career as a criminal prosecuting attorney.

April Horency

April Horency

BA in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Sustainability Studies

A lengthy resume of community engagement and academic excellence have set this prospective journalist up for success.

Shellie Kalinsky

Shellie Kalinsky

BFA, Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction

Shelley A Marshall Fiction Contest runner up named by professors as not only an "excellent writer," but also "supportive classmate," and "ambitious and determined."

Lauren Selb

Lauren Selb

BS in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Business

A three year internship with BAE Systems and excellent academic performance led to a full time position with the company after graduation.

Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel Smith

BA in Sociology

Crediting sociology with expanding his worldview, this outstanding student will continue his meaningful work with Democratizing NOVA after graduation.

Nadia Valdivia

Nadia Valdivia

BA in Art History with a minor in French

A CHSS Student Ambassador whose internship at the National Portrait Gallery and work with the Mason Autism Support Initiative led to an interest in accessibility in the art world.

Cara Van Ryn

Cara Van Ryn

BA in English with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric, with minors in Business and Industrial/Organizational Psychology

An honors student graduating with a 4.0 who faculty say is "eminently award-worthy," "among the best students I've taught," and "writing publishable work."