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Spring 2023

These awards celebrate the love of learning that unites us as a university community and the outstanding scholars and teachers who personify this passion for inquiry and growth.


Recognizing Academic Excellence

These awards recognize extraordinary academic and personal accomplishments by our talented faculty and beloved students. At our very core, this is what Texas Christian University is about—an environment that fosters academic and intellectual growth. Specifically, we celebrate the people and programs that change the world for the better. Congratulations and thank you for your contributions to TCU and the greater good!

Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.

Deans’ Awards

The Deans’ Awards are among the highest honors bestowed to faculty at the university level. The awards originated in 1982 as the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Awards and were given in alternate years.

Currently, TCU bestows three Deans’ Teaching Awards and the three Deans’ Awards for Research and Creativity annually. Each school or college nominates one faculty member for each award, with AddRan College of Liberal Arts nominating two, one from each of its divisions, Humanities and Social Sciences. All TCU deans vote to determine the six winners.

Peter FrinchaboyPeter Frinchaboy, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Astronomy 
College of Science & Engineering 
Peter Frinchaboy joined TCU in 2009 to strengthen the astrophysics track and launch an innovative research program focused on observational astronomy. Today, his TCU laboratory is recognized internationally, and colleagues say his groundbreaking research of the Milky Way star clusters contain vital clues to the basic organization and evolution of our galaxy. He is well-known for his role in planning and executing the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which allows the study of detailed abundances throughout the Milky Way for the first time. He was recently appointed project scientist of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer project.  
"It is a joy to explore and share answers to some of history’s greatest questions about the universe with support from students and colleagues from TCU and around the world. It is an honor to be recognized for work that advances science as it provides impactful student experiences for undergraduate and graduate students at TCU."


Hanan HammadHanan Hammad, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of Middle East Studies 
AddRan College of Liberal Arts 
Hanan Hammad has developed a national and international reputation through her scholarship on the history of gender and sexuality in the Middle East. Her book, Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt, won five national awards. Hammad has received prestigious international fellowships and the honor of presenting keynote and public talks in numerous universities, including Chicago, Duke, Cambridge, Leiden and NYU.
"This award confirms TCU’s commitment for high-quality research and scholarship in the framework of the teacher-scholar model. Thanks to scholars who frequently use my publications in their graduate seminars, I currently serve as a committee member for several students inside and outside TCU, including students at the University of Texas at Austin, Duke and Swarthmore College." 


Tee TylerTee Tyler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work 
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences 
Tee Tyler’s qualitative research methods explore the experiences of parents of transgender children to provide understanding and shed light on the challenges they face and the support they need. His research is a significant resource, cited 157 times in scholarly publications to date. Tyler embodies the TCU teacher-scholar model by collaborating with students and re-purposing his research for educational content. His current publications include 13 student co-authors, and his presentations include 40 student co-presenters.

"My research agenda is to prepare health care providers to affirm and serve LGBTQ children and their parents. Imagine an initial assessment meeting between a healthcare provider and an LGBTQ child and their parent. The parent asks the provider to address their concerns regarding their child’s identity disclosure. Is the healthcare provider effectively trained and prepared to address the child-parent dyad in a manner that affirms the LGBTQ child and supports their parent?"

Jan LancinaJan Lacina, Ph.D., Professor and Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Research and Strategic Partnership
College of Education 
Jan Lacina helps education students appreciate and understand the complexities of reading and writing to better teach it in their future classrooms. Lacina introduces undergraduate students to complex societal issues through the children’s literature course, mentors graduate students through the Warren Fellowship and influences the work of classroom teachers as a journal editor and through the TCU Summer Literacy Institute. She designed the Critical Literacy in Children’s Literature class, now the most popular class in the College of Education.

"I value the lessons from my grandfather about the beauty of language, culture and people, which influence my desire to mentor students. I also teach award-winning literature from around the world that include refugees and immigrants as protagonists, so students can see themselves in books, as well as see windows into the lives of diverse characters."


Jacque LambiaseJacqueline Lambiase, Ph.D., Professor of Strategic Communication 
Bob Schieffer College of Communication 
Jacqueline Lambiase teaches introductory courses, upper-level courses and special topics courses on issues such as public relations and advocacy, as well as public communication and diversity, equity and inclusion. The latter led to TCU’s Portrait Project, a project to honor diverse TCU stakeholders through portraiture. Lambiase created and directs the Certified Public Communicators Program, which provides communication professionals with professional development for meeting the demands of their positions.

"Students bring knowledge with them to the classroom, and my job is to activate that knowledge, to create a desire within them for more, and to provide a hospitable space in which they may share this knowledge. I also want to be sure that students are always aware of the power of the images and words that they create and of their roles in building new media products responsibly and ethically."


Katie MoonKatie Lauve-Moon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work 
Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Katie Lauve-Moon introduces students to the social work profession and teaches upper-division classes for majors, minors and graduate students centered on social justice and DEI, especially gender issues. She works to create learning environments where students are comfortable being their authentic selves as she explores critical social issues with humanity and compassion and to build trust with her students through meaningful relationships and lays the groundwork for meaningful education.

“Teaching is about partnering with students as they process new perspectives and ideas, engage each other in challenging conversations and begin evolving as unique, effective change-makers. We discuss controversial topics in my courses, so it is important that students feel encouraged and free to express their opinions without judgment." 

Graduate Student Awards

The Outstanding Graduate Research, Teaching and Service awards winners are selected by each school or college to recognize students who demonstrate excellence in those areas.

College of Education – Leslie Ekpe

College of Science& Engineering – Maddie Jacobs

Neeley School of Business – Pedro Zendron

AddRan College of Liberal Arts – Nataly Dickson

Bob Schieffer College of Communication – Logan Gibbs

Bob Schieffer College of Communication – Maria Belen Navarro

College of Education – Kelcia Righton

College of Fine Arts – Diego Torres

College of Science & Engineering – Maegyn Grubbs

Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences – Daryl Campbell-Pierre

AddRan College of Liberal Arts – Cecilia Hill

Bob Schieffer College of Communication – Bre Prater

College of Education – Ihsan Ghazal

College of Fine Arts – Paige Jackson

College of Science & Engineering – Thomas Sease

AddRan College of Liberal Arts – Angela Mack

College of Science & Engineering – Sarah Jennings

Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences – Sandy Manoushagian

AddRan College of Liberal Arts – Kara Dixon Vuic

Bob Schieffer College of Communication – Paul Schrodt

College of Education – Molly Weinburgh

College of Fine Arts – Joe Eckert

College of Science & Engineering – Cathy Cox

Undergraduate Student Awards

Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars are a highly select group, identified by faculty as the most outstanding students in their departments or programs. To be eligible, students must:

(1) be a senior (including graduates from the previous December)

(2) be a major in one of the unit’s programs

(3) have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Departments or programs with larger numbers of majors are allowed to choose one additional Senior Scholar per 300 majors.

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies

Julieta Martinez

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Rachel Baniewicz


Amelia Boatwright


Madeline Felice Neufeld


Adrienne Stallings


Carson Nicola


Holly Harris

Modern Languages

Samantha Ritz


Ulrika Shragge

Political Science

Amelia Boatwright

Political Science

Lisa Ann Johnson

Sociology & Anthropology

Maya Miller

Sociology & Anthropology

Olivia Egloff

Spanish & Hispanic Studies

Molly Nagel

Women and Gender Studies

Amanda Peterson

Communications Studies 

Brylee Brandt

Communication Studies

Dezirae Rodriguez

Film, TV and Digital Media

Violet Camille Comer

Strategic Communication

Belle Lofye

Strategic Communication

Brock Gilliland

Teaching and Learning Sciences

Julia Lewis

Counseling, Societal Change and Inquiry

Haylee Chiariello

Classical & Contemporary Dance

Lyvia Baldner

Fashion Merchandising

Molly Nagel

School of Music

Aubrey Bosse

School of Music

Maxwell Healy

School of Art

Juliet Gillis


Taylor Bockrath


Meenal Cascella


Lilly Wilson


Evan Burchfiel

Computer Science

Chirayu Jain


David de Oliveira

Environmental & Sustainability Sciences

Morgan Washington

Geological Sciences

Brooke Newell


Brandon Isensee

Nutritional Sciences

Maggie Mullen

Physics & Astronomy

Emilie Burnham

Physics & Astronomy

Gretel Stokes


Kate Lindig


Mariana Nguyen


Cassidy Snyder

Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Kate Moseley

Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Cassidy McCormick


Diego Rivera


Ryan Gall

Social Work

Karin Lee

Undergraduate Nursing

Kendyll Gromko

Undergraduate Nursing

Mandy Mitchell

Undergraduate Nursing

Lauren Smith

Undergraduate Nursing

Caroline Mahowald


Madeline Blair


Anna Grace Powell


Caleb Hough


Trinity Troutman


Teny Noordermeer


Drue Walker


Anna Sundvold


Conor Hartman


Chandler Quave

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Amanda Varni

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Cooper Curtin

Management and Leadership

Savanna Simmank

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Cole Markley


Emily Dillon

McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.



Faculty Mentor

Title of Presentation

Jordan Crupper


Dr. Tracy Centanni

The Effects of a taVNS On Language Retention in College-Aged Students

Freddy Garcia

Education & Spanish

Dr. Steve Przymus

Linguistic Landscape

Jasmin Gonzalez


Dr. Pablo Montes

The Impact of College-Aged Advisors on College Pursuing Students

Victoria Holmes

Psychology & Sociology

Dr. Amina Zarrugh

W.O.K.E. American: Analyzing the Framing Effect of Political Social Media from a Terror Management Perspective

Julieta Martinez Gonzalez

Political Science & Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies

Dr. Luis Romero

(Un)Healthy Migrants?: An Analysis of Media Coverage on Title 42

Kassandra Mascorro

Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Jean Rivera Perez

The Use of Computer Training to Improve Spanish Phonetic Transcription and Dialectal Knowledge

Jose (Andy) Mendez

BIS Supply Chain Management

Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau

Digital Transformation in DFW's Business Post-Covid Era

Diego Rivera

Movement Science

Dr. Adam King

The Effect of Differential Training on a Standing Broad Jump

Dezirae Rodriguez


Dr. Britney Gilmore 

Applying Co-Cultural Theory to the Interactions of the Deaf Community and Sign Language Interpreters

Joceline Rojas


Dr. Uma Tauber

How Does Access to Notes and Text During a Test Influence Students' Preparation?

Somiari Tobin

Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies

Dr. Brandon Manning

Opening the Flood Gates: Illuminating Men of Color Experiences with Hurricane Katrina

Mariana Zollinger


Dr. Giridhar Akkaraju

Understanding the Structure and Function of Protein Kinase C-Esilon Using Site-Directed Mutagenesis

Josephine (Josie) Murillo


Dr. Danica Knight

Examination of Relationships Among Sexual Exploitation, Sex, and Aces Among Youth in the Legal System

Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. To be considered for membership, students must have excellent grades in courses with a liberal education emphasis. Most initiates are juniors and seniors.

TCU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter also bestows the annual James W. Newcomer Senior Scholar in Liberal Studies award, honoring the senior initiate who best exemplifies a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and to the society’s motto, “Love of learning is the guide of life.”

Amelia Boatwright, Economics and Political Science


Benafield III, Robert Bryan (Biology & English)

Borlay, Breann Decontee (English & Sociology)

Dugger, Olivia Claire (Geography & Italian)

Harmon, Tessa Jacklyn (Philosophy & POSC)

Johnson, Ella Julia (POSC & Religion)

Marrin, Isabella Alexandria (POSC & Spanish)

Martin, Hayes Thomas (Biology)

Milligan, Madison Elizabeth (Psychology & Spanish & Writing)

Pham, Huynh Bao Khanh (Mathematics)

Smith, Emily Jo (Psychology)



Baniewicz, Rachel M (Psychology & Criminal Justice)

Christopherson, Peter Thomas (POSC & History)

Clark, Avery Grace (Psychology)

Cring, Kathleen Grace (Psychology)

Cunningham, Catherine Rylee (POSC & English)

Evans, Coleton Bradley (Music)

Fruend III, Robert Allen (Biology & POSC & Economics)

Jamison, Nena Mai (Computer Science & Religion)

Leon, Jacqueline T (Biology & Spanish)

Lucido, Anthony Justin (History)

Miller, Maya Olivia (Anthropology & Geography)

Mulloy, Bridget Claire (POSC)

Nguyen, Thi Hue Truc (Accounting & Economics)

Nichols, Anna Mackenzie (Biology)

Raines, Nicole Ruth (Psychology)

Reiter, Wyatt Philip (English & POSC)

Ritz, Samantha A (Childhood Development & French)

Russell, Ashley (Mathematics)

Schock, Gabriella Villaflor (Psychology)

Smoke, Benjamin Hodges (Religion, Spanish, Anthropology)

Strelow, Caledonia Juliet (POSC)

Villatoro, Sophia N (Psychology)

Washington, Morgan Elise (Environmental Science & POSC)



Holton, Elizabeth C (POSC & French)

Simons, Kathryn McGilley (Mathematics)