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2016-2017 English award-winners / Photo by Bruce Matsunaga

English award-winners represent best of ASU


Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Congratulations to 2016-2017 award-winners in the Department of English! At our annual graduation reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2017 in ASU’s Memorial Union, we recognized outstanding work done by our graduates as well as our continuing students.**

We also honored “golden” alum Gail Fisher (BA 1967), a community arts organizer and former high school teacher.

The following undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for their academic and community achievements: 


Department of English awards

Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Award in Creative Writing: Kathryn Bucolo

Carl C. Carlie Linguistics Fellowship: Karen Foltz

Department of English Faculty Scholarship: Claudio Garcia

Friends of the Department of English Scholarship: Megan Bromley

George and Collice Portnoff Endowed Fellowship in Comparative Literature: Christa Mannen

John Doebler Memorial Award in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies: Catherine Woner

Jules J. Anatole Creative Writing Scholarship: Trenary Hall

Katharine C. Turner Dissertation Fellowship: Matthew Henry

Mabelle A. Lyon Poetry Award: Jack Geist

Marvin Fisher Book Award: Mekhlid Alsaeedi

Nick Ivins Memorial Literature Scholarship: Curtiss Johnson

Outstanding Graduating Undergraduate Scholars of English:

  • Brianna Rafidi (also CLAS Dean’s Medalist for English)
  • Samantha Perry
  • Elliot Winter
  • Holly Stewart
  • Kassidy Tse

Outstanding Paper on Second Language Writing Award: Sarah Snyder

Wilfred A. Ferrell Memorial Fellowship: Jason Griffith


Other ASU awards

CLAS Graduate Excellence Fellowship for First Generation Students: Monica Avila

CLAS Graduate Excellence Award: María Isabel Alvarez

Graduate Education Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship:

  • Marco Pina
  • Clarissa Goldsmith

Graduate College Completion Fellowship (Fall 2017)

  • Jessica Brown
  • Kenneth Ladenburg
  • Sun Young Lee
  • Sarah Snyder
  • José Terneus

Graduate Education Completion Fellowship (Spring 2017): Tracey Flores

GPSA Teaching Excellence Award: Jason Griffith

GPSA Continuing Excellence Award: Alice Hays

**Not all award-winners were students! We should also note that long-time English staff member, Graduate Programs Manager Sheila Luna won the 2017 GPSA Annette Jecker Outstanding Staff Award for her tireless work helping our students succeed.

Top photo by Bruce Matsunaga. See more pictures from the graduation reception and awards ceremony here.