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Class of 2020 Student Awards

Section I - University Awards

The Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Award is given by the President of the University to a graduating senior who exemplify the ideals of Jesuit education, especially being “a whole persons of solidarity in the real world” and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world.

Yesenia has made valuable contributions and has personally aligned her involvement with the Jesuit values of SCU. Her vast experiences include being a Christian Life Community leader of a Spanish and English-speaking small group, being a Spanish Mass (Misa en Español) intern, a leader for Campus Ministry's SEARCH retreats, and inaugurating the weekly Friday evening activities in Campus Ministry. In addition, she coordinated the Ignatian Center's immersion in San Jose focusing on homelessness, served on the Mission Priority Examen committee and was a Library Diversity Fellow.

The Saint Clare Medal is awarded to the female graduate who is judged outstanding in personal character, school activities, and overall contribution to the University.

During her time at Santa Clara, Natalie has been an Honzel Fellow, a member of the Global Medical Brigade, a Health Care Ethics Intern with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, volunteered at Julian Street Inn and tutored her peers in Chemistry. She was also on the University’s nationally ranked Women’s Soccer Team and served on the Santa Clara University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Natalie is currently applying to medical school with the hopes of enrolling in the Fall of 2021.

The Nobili Medal is awarded to the male graduate who is judged outstanding in personal character, school activities, and overall contribution to the University.

Bjorn, a first-generation college student, is a member of the the LEAD Scholars and University Honors, served as an at Large ASG senator, and was a member of the Residence Life Team for two years supporting students as a Community Facilitator. Additionally, he helped re-establish SCU’s College Democrats chapter and served as co-President of the chapter for two years. He has received numerous awards as a member of the debate team and represented the university at the NPDA National Championship in 2017. His junior year, having received the UHP Mansfield Fellowship, Bjorn studied at Oxford University, where he was a project leader for the Oxford Hub, the largest community service program in the region. Bjorn has also worked in the Washington D.C. office of Congress member Ro Khanna and as a trial team intern for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office. After graduating, Bjorn will pursue a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard University. 

Valedictorian

Established by the University in 1980, this honor is conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service as determined by the president in consultation with the faculty of the University and the provost.

"Here I have been heard, trusted, respected, challenged, and nurtured. I have been made better by this place, by these people; because no one expected my perfection, I learned not to expect it from myself."  Sabine is graduating with a degree in Biochemistry with minors in Political Science and Spanish. She was a Training Officer and Shift Lead for the EMS program and co-directed the SCU EMS CPR certification program. She served as Curriculum Chair for the Johnson Scholars Program and was also a Health Care Ethics Intern with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. After graduation, Sabine will be taking a year to work as a site coordinator for the Americorps literacy non-profit Reading Partners in New York City while she applies for medical school.

The Richard J. Riordan Award recognizes outstanding contributions of graduating seniors in the area of community service.

Devon has made positive change in her advocacy and work involving healthy relationships and sexual violence through volunteering at HomeSafe, being an Orientation Leader, and as one of the Wellness Center’s Violence Prevention Educators. After graduation, Devon will be working at the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania serving those who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Alexa has served the SCU community through her involvement in the Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP), as a tutor in the the Drahmann Advising Center, as a Peer Advisor in the Psychology Department,  and as one of the coordinators of the SCU tUrn project where she feels she has made the most impact. Post graduation, Alexa will continue to develop Zarella, the start-up she began in collaboration with the Johnson Scholars Program, the REAL Program, the Leavey School of Business, and Ciocca Center before pursuing graduate work in business.

In her time at Santa Clara, Quinn has brought awareness to issues relating to education and housing through her involvement with the Santa Clara Community Action Program, the Best Buddies program, the Forge Garden, as an intern at a homeless shelter in Portland, Oregon, and through the Global Social Benefit Fellowship where she worked with KadAfricam a Ugandan social enterprise working to empower rural women. After graduation, Quinn will be working at House of Charity, a homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Sara has been a Christian Life Community Leader and has served as leader with Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP), collaborating with Vinnie’s Club to host “Homelessness Awareness Week” and has volunteered with Special Olympics and Chandler Tripp’s Special Education preschool. After graduation, Sara will complete a year of service with Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry.

As the first SCU Beckman Scholar, Katherine conducted research in modifying medical equipment to minimize expensive and environmentally hazardous materials. From this, she has written two first-author papers published in peer-reviewed journals. She was the sole undergraduate researcher at the 34th Annual William S. Johnson Symposium at Stanford University, and a first place awardee in Physical Sciences at the nation’s largest undergraduate research conference at Harvard University. Her research has been inspired by her work with the homeless at Julian Street Inn where she has contributed over 1000 hours as a meal provider and program coordinator through SCCAP. She also participated in Global Medical Brigades setting up clinics in Panama, completed a Markkula Health Care Ethics internship, and has conducted research through the Department of Public Health on homeless deaths. After graduating, Katherine will be pursuing a doctorate to study chronic illness and stress-induced aging.

The Student Life Awards are awarded to seniors who have contributed to the overall quality of life in the University community.

Through her role as a Community Facilitator in the Office of Residence Life and her involvement with Into the Wild, Kirsten has been a big support to peers struggling with Mental Health concerns by helping to develop better protocols and providing events and training to promote mindfulness and inclusivity. Kirsten plans to work in the field of public health before pursuing medical school, where she hopes to study Family Medicine with an emphasis on women’s health. 

Sened founded the Middle Eastern & North African Club (MENA) to empower students to embrace their culture, erase misconceptions, and support each other academically, personally, and professionally. Through MENA, he has helped to establish the first MENA dinner during Unity Night and assisted in hosting the first SCU MENA Awareness Month with the Office for Multicultural Learning. Additionally, Sened has been active in the LEAD program, Engineers Without Borders, and through his work for the SCU Career Center. Post graduation, Sened will be working as a software engineer in the Bay Area.

Parwana has served Santa Clara as a member of the SCU EMS program where she organized the Bring Health Home initiative her sophomore year, served as a shift lead, and assisted in training new EMTs. As an Assistant Director of the organization, she has helped to restructure their training system and updated their organizational and medical protocols, revamped their Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Training and response system. Additionally, Parwana has been an active member of the Middle Eastern & North African (MENA) Club. Post graduation, Parwana will be taking a gap year to do research and will apply to MD/PhD dual degree programs in health policy, medical anthropology, and epidemiology.

Sahil was the Associated Student Government (ASG) Student Body President this year. He was also Senator on the Student Affairs Committee for two years, was on the Men’s Rowing Team, and involved in Intandesh. Sahil was selected as a Hackworth Fellow in the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, an LSB Global Fellow and served as a Global Fellow intern in Kumasi, Ghana. After graduation, Sahil will be working for Ernst and Young as a Risk Advisor. 

The Gracelyn Bateman Award for Inclusive Excellence recognizes students for providing leadership and programming that enhance excellence through diversity and inclusion in the University community.

While at Santa Clara, Catherine provided support and helped to draw attention to the American Indian demographic on campus. She was involved in the Native American Coalition for Change (NACC) and passionate about creating a better representation for American Indian students in higher education. Through NACC she chaired SCU’s First annual Powwow. She also worked with staff in Admissions, both to encourage an increase in American Indian minority students and to explain the unique hardships and situations that many native students are faced with. Catherine has also participated in the on-campus ASG movement BroncoPosi, whose goal was to bring attention to minority groups. Although she will be graduating with an undergraduate degree in Engineering, she is in the 5 year Masters program in Civil Engineering and will be finishing her 5th year starting this Fall. 

Kennedy has been active in many aspects of campus life, from being a member of SCU Hipnotik (the Hip Hop Dance Team), serving on the Ruff Rider Executive Board, where she served as the Student Engagement Chair, working in Drahmann Advising Center, interning with the Bronco Bench Foundation, to working with the Athletic Marketing team to increase student attendance at SCU Athletic Events. Kennedy has also served on Igwebuike’s Executive Board as the Multicultural Center Representative and was elected as the Multicultural Center Director. She has also served as a member of the Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council and has helped to plan and execute quarterly Diversity Forums. Kennedy will be attending law school at UC-Irvine after graduation.

Semi has served as Outreach Coordinator for Igwebuike, the Pan African Student Union, was appointed as an Associate Justice on the Associated Student Government, and was the Chair of the Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council, all while working full time at a law firm. She has been a dedicated advocate with and for the diverse groups on campus, while also creating substantive change to make SCU more equitable and inclusive. After graduation, Semi will be pursuing law school. 

Read Semi's "Don't Just Occupy Space, Create it" speech as she reflects on the impact of honorary degree recipients Risë Jones Pichon ’73, J.D. ’76 and Joanne Hayes-White ’86 — and her path as a Black student at Santa Clara.

THE MARKKULA PRIZE

Established in 1997 by the Advisory Board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in honor of A.C. "Mike" Markkula Jr.'s leadership as chairman of the board, this award is given annually to a student or students in recognition of outstanding work in applied ethics.

Tiana Nguyen


NEIDER FAMILY ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD

The Neider Family Alumni Service Award provides financial support to two seniors who are leaving SCU and going directly into a service program or project.  

Tanner K. Condit
Emma Mariko Hokoda


Section II - College of Arts and Sciences  

 

THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY AWARD IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Kira May Fahy

THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY POLYED UNDERGRADUATE AWARD
Lauren Alessandra Verheyden

THE AMERICAN CHORAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHORAL STUDENT AWARD 
Chi Ching Sharon Chu 

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTS FOUNDATION AWARD 
Leila Yasmine Chihab
Kira May Fahy

THE ART HISTORY RESEARCH PAPER PRIZE 
Olivia Maureen Glaser

THE ART HISTORY SYMPOSIUM PRIZE
Olivia Maureen Glaser

THE ROBERT P. BALLES SCU MATHEMATICS SCHOLARS AWARD 
Mary Claire Simone

THE DAVID BLOCKUS AWARD
Noah Lordi
Shreyes Nallan

THE RAMÓN CHACÓN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Semitria Elena Williams

THE CHILD ADVOCACY AWARD
Adele Hunter Elkind

THE CHILD STUDIES ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alexa Jean DeSanctis

THE COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT PRIZE
Alejandra Beatriz Deambrosio

THE AMOS DANA AWARD FOR DISTINCTION IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Mariana Perera

THE PROFESSOR JOSEPH F. DECK AWARD
Kira May Fahy
Christine Maria Hancock

THE GERALD AND SALLY DENARDO SENIOR PRIZE IN SCIENCE RESEARCH
Katherine Xia

THE ARRIGO AND CATERINA DESCALZI PRIZE
Chi Ching Sharon Chu

THE JOHN B. DRAHMANN PRIZE IN PHYSICS
Kelly Marie Fradet
Janik Karoly

THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AWARD
Nolan Platz Meyer
Jacqueline Anne Rogers

THE ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES RESEARCH AWARD
Emma Mariko Hokoda

THE GEOFF AND JOSIE FOX GERMAN STUDIES AWARD
Henning Jens Jolivet

THE FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES PRIZE
Henry Whittake Godfrey
Alexis Megan Miller

THE JOHN GILBERT AND STEPHEN MARTIN AWARD IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 
Samuel J. Braza

THE MARY GORDON PRIZE
Stephanie Nawas

THE JOSEPH A. GRASSI SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
Helen Legesse Kassa

THE PAUL R. HALMOS PRIZE 
Mary Claire Simone

THE ANNA HALPRIN DANCE AWARD
Avery Rose Rissling

THE HANDLERY PRIZE
Allison E. O’Connor

THE CHARLES AND BARBARA HAZEL OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ECONOMICS AWARD
Jaenic Jaewon Lee

THE LUCKY HINKLE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
Samantha Maria Zamora

THE PANCRAZIO AND GIULIA INFANTINO ITALIAN AWARD
Amanda Rose Wucher

THE WITOLD KRASSOWSKI SOCIOLOGY AWARD
Juliana Danae Barranti
Angelica Lisette Navarro

THE CHARLES LAMPKIN AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE
Julian Emery Nesbitt

THE WILLIAM H. LEAHY PRIZE
Elena Kathryn Maddy

THE NINA LEIBMAN AWARD
Bjorn C. Thyrring

THE CHRISTIAAN THEODOOR LIEVESTRO PRIZE
Erika Grace Rasmussen

THE AUDRE LORDE SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
Molly O’Connell McGeehan
Stephanie Nawas

THE THEODORE MACKIN SENIOR THESIS AWARD
Bjorn C. Thyrring

THE MCCANN SHORT STORY PRIZE
Amanda Eason

THE JUSTIN T. MCCARTHY AWARD
Ashley M. Bradac
Matthew Bruce Duff
Katrina Joanna Rudd

THE MCPHEE AWARD
Haley Orton Butler
Emily Grace Yekikian

THE FREDERICK J. MEHL PRIZE
Chang Woo Lee

THE MATT MEIER PRIZE
Khiely Anne Jackson

THE ORELLA PRIZE
Shreyes Nallan
Mary Claire Simone

THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ANTHROPOLOGY AWARD
Raymond Clifton Hartjen

THE PRE-TEACHING AWARD
Therese Salgado

THE PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE SENIOR SCHOLAR AWARD
Victoria Lynne Brown

THE RICHARD F. REBELLO PHI SIGMA IOTA AWARD
Sydney Leigh Altobell
Mia Janella Hope
Erica Martinez

THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR PRIZE
Cameron Clarke Heon

THE MICHAEL SHALLO PRIZE
Katherine R. Kirkpatrick
Fiqir Taye

THE SHIPSEY POETRY PRIZE
Allison E. O’Connor
Erika Grace Rasmussen

THE SOCIOLOGY ALUMNI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
Annalicia Natalia Anaya
JJ Burwell
Emma Hmlear

THE SOURISSEAU PRIZE
Samuel Thompson McNeal

THE GERALD P. SULLIVAN, S.J., AWARD 
Nicole Francesca Dully

THE MICHAEL SWEENEY ENDOWED AWARD
Samuel Braza

THE ELEANOR WILLEMSEN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Alexa Jean DeSanctis
Anthony Jose Mejia

THE KATHERINE WOODALL PRIZE IN LITERARY CRITICISM
Katya Trushchankova

THE TENNANT C. WRIGHT, S.J. OUTSTANDING RELIGIOUS STUDIES MINOR AWARD
Francesca Maria Navarro

THE WILHELM WUNDT AWARD
Liya LaPierre

THE DISTINGUISHED MILITARY GRADUATE AWARD
Coby Eugene Carpentier
Irish Ruiz Manalang
Minh Hanh Romyanne Nguyen
James O’Brien

THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL ROTC AWARD
Irish Ruiz Manalang 


Section III - Leavey School of Business  

 

THE PROFESSOR O. ROBERT ANDERSON OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS AWARD AWARD
Brady Thomas Smith

THE ALBERT F. BRUNO OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN MARKETING AWARD
Alexa Nicole Correa

THE DELTA SIGMA PI SCHOLARSHIP KEY 
Sophie Harpt

THE CHARLES AND BARBARA HAZEL OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ECONOMICS AWARD
Sophie Harpt

THE ISABEL JONES ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT PRIZE
Sophie Harpt

THE LEAVEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD
Gavin Cosgrave

THE LEAVEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS SERVICE AWARD
Emily Fagundes
Olivia Maureen Glaser

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS AWARD
Caitlin Terrell Colbert

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Jonathan Netz

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN FINANCE AWARD
Katherine Anne Seely

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN MANAGEMENT AWARD
Faolan Sugarman-Lash

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ANALYTICS AWARD
Kristen Nicole Berling


Section IV - School of Engineering  

 

THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Shreyes Nallan

THE AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING
Shreyes Nallan
Joshua Neil Vincent

THE BIOENGINEERING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 
Alexander John Pagaduan Heiler

THE BIOENGINEERING AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE 
Hanzhe Ling Chen

THE BIOENGINEERING EXCELLENT SERVICE AND OUTREACH AWARD 
David Gregory Anton Bengford

THE BIOENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN PRESENTATION AWARD
Emily Anne Brogan
Hanzhe Ling Chen
Michael Scott Cromie
David Diebold
Ariana Maria Haddad
Kristen Camp Mosher
Bridget Claire Woody

THE CIVIL ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING DESIGN AWARD
Deirdre Marie Bonitz
Rachael Xu Han
Taylor Klauser
Jeffrey Russell Meier
Ayokunmi Victor Ogungunmi
Spencer Saito
Megan A. Sauter
Jenna Barcelona Tran

THE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AWARD FOR TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE
Andreas Joseph Anderhub
Christopher R. Desiniotis
Justin Reid Majors
Zackary William Wilson

THE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DESIGN AWARD
Abigail Aguirre
Emma Allegrucci
Andreas Joseph Anderhub
Peter Eugene Collins
Philip David Cori
Peter Ferguson
Steven Herman
Ying Huang
Evan Johnson
Dylan Alexander Kertson
Jiabei Luo
Brianna Ashleigh McGovern
Andres Jaime Morales
Kunal Pandey
Tate Sakai
George David Shappell
Nam Viet Tran
Akahi Andrew Troske
Brian Martin Walker
Zachary William Wilson

THE BRIAN DROCCO AWARD
Megan A. Sauter

THE EDMUND C. FLYNN AWARD FOR BEST CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT
Taylor Klauser
Jeffrey Russell Meier
Megan A. Sauter
Jenna Barcelona Tran

THE ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DESIGN AWARD
Abigail Aguirre
Griffin Kearns Donnelly
Michael Lawrence Hall
Timothy Raphael Lim
Bradley Ryan Shirley
Amritpal Singh
Jonathan Trinh

THE RAYMOND M. GALANTINE AWARD
Mariah Lynn Manzano

THE HUMANITARIAN SENIOR PROJECT AWARD
Alex Edward Estrada
Kathryn Blasire Fairchok
Andrew James Fledmeth
Andrew Charles Jezak
Claire M. Pavelka

THE INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING DESIGN AWARD
Alonzo Billips
Samuel Hollingsworth Carhart
David Phillip Cooper
Tehmi Elena den Braven
Luis Alberto Gaitan
Brendan Michael Gescher
Brandon T.C.W.S. Hong
Seamus Powell Hudnut
Michael Vincent Kaliterna
Sami Karim Lama
Paul Daniel Rogel-Herrera
Garrett Nelson Stone
Taylor Yamane
Michael Man Kit Yue

THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN AWARD
Sophia Marie Cero
Arthur L. Henderson
Molly Jean Jansky
Jack Henry Margolis
Garrett Thomas Nelson
Benjamin Gavin O’Brien
Kaleb Jordan Pattawi
Eleni Spirakis

THE OUTSTANDING BIOENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
David Diebold

THE OUTSTANDING CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
Rachael Xu Han
Devin Gentilli Schmidt

THE OUTSTANDING COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD 
Christopher R. Desiniotis
Aditya Krishnan

THE OUTSTANDING ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
Jonathan Trinh

THE OUTSTANDING MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
Tioga Jasper Laird Benner
Brandon Anthony van Gogh

THE JAMES W. REITES, S.J., AWARD
Catherine Moore

THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING HUMANITIES AWARD
Rachael Xu Han

THE SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING ETHICS PRIZE
Alonzo Billips
Tehmi Elena den Braven
Israr Fatima
Bradon Hong
Seamus Powell Hudnut
Garrett Nelson Stone
Taylor Yamane

 

 

Congratulations to all our graduates! We’re proud of your outstanding achievements in your academic work and service to the community.