Awards/Scholarships for Graduate Students

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Outstanding Research Assistant Award

Criteria for Distinguished Research:

While the methods and materials used for research vary with the field of investigation, outstanding research in any field is characterized by:

  • The significance of the problem that is addressed
  • The novelty of the approach used
  • The rigor of the research

In evaluating a piece of research by any of these criteria, a scientist who works in an area close to the field of investigation may disagree with one whose area of research is far removed from the area. In the case of truly outstanding research, however, it is should be possible to convince any reasonable scientist that all three criteria are satisfied.

2021 Awardees

Chemistry           James Allen

Chemistry          Lori Cobani

EES                    Reide Jacksin

CIS                    Tamara Katic

Biology             Timothy Swartz

Physics             Bailey-Alexander Courchene Trackman

Congratulations to the 2021 awardees! 


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Criteria for Distinguished Teaching:

Although diverse talents and classroom styles go into good teaching, distinguished teachers in any field are those who consistently and exceptionally do the following:

  • Demonstrate a command of the subject or the experimental apparatus
  • Prepare their presentations and assignments carefully
  • Are clear and rigorous in their presentations
  • Make their expectations and basis for grading clear
  • Challenge students intellectually
  • Provide prompt and full feedback to students on their progress
  • Encourage, motivate and inspire students to do their best work


2020 Awardees

CIS                     Yubin Duan
Physics              Christopher Cocuzza
Math                  Khanh Le
Bioinformatics   Francisco McGee
Math                 Rebekah Palmer
EES                   Chong Seok Choi
Biology             Mark Tingey
Chemistry        Ruiyu Wang

Congratulations to the 2021 awardees! 



CIS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
Awarded to Computer and Information Sciences graduate students who demonstrate excellence in teaching.

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant
Awarded to a CST graduate student who demonstrates exemplary teaching, as well as making significant contributions to the field of STEM education through outreach and mentoring.

Dr. Mark A. Nathanson Memorial Research Award in Developmental Biology
Established in 2010 by Jayne Nathanson in memory of her husband, a CST faculty member, provides an award to a graduate biology student with preference for students specializing in developmental biology.

Outstanding Research Awards
Awarded to CST graduate students who demonstrate excellence in research.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards
Awarded to CST graduate students who demonstrate excellence in teaching.

Scott Hibbs Memorial Future of Computing Award
Established by Christopher Gali, CST ’94, in memory of Scott Hibbs, this prize is awarded to a graduate student majoring in Computer and Information Sciences who has demonstrated academic achievement.

The Stanislav Kotsev, CST ’99, Memorial Award
Established to provide for an award to be given to a student of exceptional character who is making excellent progress in the Physics graduate program at Temple University.



The Peter Havas Humanitarian Scholarship for Outstanding Physics Graduate Students
Established in 2004 by Dr. Angelo Armenti Jr., CST ’65, ’70, in honor of Peter Havas, to providescholarships for graduate students majoring in physics who have demonstrated academic achievement and who have financial need.

Thomas Punnett, PhD, Memorial Scholarship 
Established in 2009 in memory of Dr. Punnett, a biology professor at Temple University, to provide summer financial support for outstanding graduate students majoring in biology or biochemistry in the College of Science and Technology who have financial need.