Outstanding Graduate Student Honorees - Winter 2023

Amanda Borth

Amanda Borth

PhD in Communication

During her time at Mason, Borth served as Communication Graduate Student Association President and won numerous COMM Department awards for her service and dedication to the graduate program.

Preston Cooper

Preston Cooper

PhD in Economics

Dr. Preston Cooper is recognized by his department for his outstanding contributions in economic history, particularly his research on human capital and economic development. His work has not only advanced academic scholarship but has also contributed to the debate on education policy in the U.S.

Chelsea Foudray

Chelsea Foudray

PhD in Criminology, Law and Society

During her time at Mason, Foudray produced five peer-reviewed publications, including two first-authored publications, and nine reports to local agencies. She also completed an ambitious three-study doctoral dissertation involving secondary data analysis, primary qualitative data collection, and a pilot randomized controlled trial on strategies to address defendants’ substance use needs during the pretrial period.

Thomas Hargrove

Thomas Hargrove

MA in Criminology, Law & Society

Hargrove excelled in his coursework in the MA program and completed a unique and complicated thesis project that evaluated homicide reporting by law enforcement.

Kayla Herrera

Kayla Herrera

MA in Psychology (concentration in Human Factors and Applied Cognition)

During her time at Mason, Herrera served as the vice-president of the Human Factors and Applied Ergonomics student chapter as well as student liaison for the graduate committee.

Kiernan Hogan

Kiernan Hogan

MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentration in Energy & Sustainability)

Kiernan was awarded a prestigious Boren Fellowship for language acquisition and completed experiential learning in Brazil. To the department's knowledge, he is the first MAIS student to be awarded a Boren and one of only a few in recent years who has completed experiential learning abroad.

Min Ji Kim

Min Ji Kim

PhD in Psychology (concentration in Human Factors and Applied Cognition)

During her time at Mason, Dr. Kim served as a mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students. She served as the president of the Human Factors and Applied Cognition student group and enriched the educational experiences of students by hosting learning seminars and usability events.

Taylor Lambert

Taylor Lambert

MA in Higher Education and Student Development

Taylor's faculty nomination reads, "Her consistent demonstration of intellectual strength, inquisitiveness, and thoughtfulness shines through in both written assignments and active class participation. The faculty of the Higher Education Program takes great pride in Taylor's achievements and extends heartfelt congratulations, wishing her the utmost success in her future career endeavors."

Shelby Rothberg

Shelby Rothberg

MS in Criminal Justice

For her capstone project, Rothberg collaborated with the intelligence community’s Human Capital office to understand why STEM and criminal justice students choose (or do not choose) careers in intelligence.

Sandi Slappey Brown

Sandi Slappey Brown

MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology

During her time at Mason, Sandi delivered the keynote address at the Human Services Workforce Development Evaluation Symposium at UCLA and co-presented a workshop titled "Transforming a Local Child Welfare Training System" at the National Staff Development and Training Association conference in Pittsburgh. She also attended as a guest speaker during the initial course and in the practicum course to provide insights to new students.

Leslie Spitz-Edson

Leslie Spitz-Edson

MA in Global Affairs

An exceptional student, Leslie's project was selected as a winner of the Global Affairs Student Research Week and she was awarded a High Impact Grant for the completion of GLOA 710: Seminar Abroad in January 2023 to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Xinyi “Amy” Zhang

Xinyi “Amy” Zhang

PhD in Cultural Studies

Xinyi “Amy” Zhang received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies while also serving as a Term Instructor at Mason Korea.