Aug. 15, 2023

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the 2023-24 fellowship and scholarship recipients. Congratulations to the winners!


Barrick Graduate Fellowship
Barrick Graduate Fellowships were established by an endowment from philanthropist Marjorie Barrick. These fellowships are given to outstanding doctoral students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship during their graduate study at UNLV. 

  • Aldo Barrita, Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D.
  • Stacey Juthapan, Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
The President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships are funded by gifts to the UNLV Foundation by the Frank Koch Living Trust for the research support of doctoral students. 

  • Mary Ludwig, History Ph.D.
  • Areej Quraishi, English Ph.D.
  • Emylia Terry, Public Health Ph.D.

Robert E. Lang Memorial Fellowship
The Robert E. Lang Memorial Fellowship is funded by generous gifts to the UNLV Foundation to support Ph.D. students completing dissertations in metropolitan public policy broadly defined.

  • Mallory Constantine, Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship
($30,000 per year)
The UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship is made possible by funds from the UNLV Foundation. This prestigious award is granted over four semesters to doctoral students in the final two years of their program. 

  • Anthony King, Psychology Ph.D.
  • Karin Tidgewell, Public Policy D.P.P.


Alumni Graduate Scholarship
Alumni Association Scholarships are awarded to outstanding master's and specialist students who received their bachelor’s degree from UNLV.

  • Darlyn Magana, Data Analytics M.S.
  • Elala Frank, Urban Leadership M.A. 
  • Kristine Haley, Physics M.S. 

Carolee Dodge Francis, DreamCatcher Scholarship
The Carolee Dodge Francis, DreamCatcher Scholarship is awarded to graduate students who have proven involvement in the American Indian or Native American community.

  • Analiesa Delgado, History Ph.D.

Donald Carns Scholarship
The Donald Carn Scholarship was established to honor the contributions made by Professor Donald Carns, an accomplished scholar who helped establish the Department of Sociology at UNLV. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students admitted into a graduate degree-seeking program at UNLV. Preference is given to students who have a demonstrated need.

  • Torisha Khonach, Sociology Ph.D.

Dr. Lonnie & Sherrie Wright Scholarship
Dr. Lonnie & Sherrie Wright scholarship was created to support UNLV alumni who played on a UNLV athletic team while pursuing their undergraduate degree and are now pursuing a master's degree at UNLV.

  • Cheyne Sauceda, Intercollegiate and Professional Sport Management M.Ed.

James F. Adams/GPSA Scholarship
The UNLV Graduate & Professional Student Association established these scholarships in honor of Dr. James F. Adams, former dean of the Graduate College (1980-85), to recognize academic achievement of master's and specialist students.

  • Sophia Baca, Data Analytics M.S.
  • Kristine Haley, Physics M.S.
  • Samoura Horsley, Anthropology M.A.
  • Darlyn Magana, Couple & Family Therapy M.S.
  • Shanthan Venkat Pochampally, Management Information Systems M.S.

Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship
The Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of UNLV alumna Janine Lee JD'16 (read her tribute). The Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding UNLV master's or doctoral student. Preference will be given to students who are native to Nevada and are adult learners/single parents.

  • Emylia Terry, Public Health Ph.D.

Patricia Sastaunik Scholarship
These awards are granted primarily on the basis of documented financial need as evidenced by a student’s FAFSA application and review by the UNLV Office of Financial Aid.

  • Emily Arriviello, Social Work M.S.W.
  • Sophia Baca, Data Analytics M.S.
  • Ebenezer Belete, Learning Sciences Ph.D.
  • Daniel Berkowitz, Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D.
  • Beau Budde, Educational Policy and Leadership M.Ed.
  • Shadie Burke, Clinical Psychology Ph.D.
  • Erin Cassin, Biological Sciences Ph.D.
  • Keoni Castellano, Mathematical Sciences Ph.D.
  • Richard Chang, Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D.
  • Rodica Constantine, Psychology Ph.D.
  • April Contreras, Neuroscience Ph.D.
  • Lauren Crew, Neuroscience Ph.D.
  • Kristine Jan Espinoza, Higher Education Ph.D.
  • Paige Figanbaum, History Ph.D.
  • Heather Frigiola, Anthropology Ph.D.
  • Celene Fuller, Sociology Ph.D.
  • Katherine Gaddis, Anthropology Ph.D.
  • Amit Gajurel, Civil & Environmental Engineering Ph.D.
  • Jaimi Garlington, Hospitality Administration Ph.D.
  • Grace Goodwin, Clinical Psychology Ph.D.
  • Jessica Grifaldo, Biological Sciences Ph.D.
  • Maryam Hadi, Biological Sciences Ph.D.
  • Patricia Heisser-Metoyer, Creative Writing M.F.A.
  • Samoura Horsley, Anthropology M.A.
  • Khandaker Arafin Islam, Civil & Environmental Engineering Ph.D.
  • Dimitra Kourtesi, Psychology Ph.D.
  • Bridget Longoria, Sociology Ph.D.
  • Dayanira Lopez, Anthropology Ph.D.
  • Hossein Madhani, Biological Sciences Ph.D.
  • Margaret McMullin, Psychology Ph.D.
  • Alanna Osmanski, Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D.
  • Ananda Liz Peixoto Couto, Clinical Psychology Ph.D.
  • Destiny Pinder-Buckley, Creative Writing M.F.A.
  • William Ridgway, Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D.
  • Rhiannon Soriano Smith, Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D.
  • Kimberly Usbeck, Couple & Family Therapy M.S.
  • Sarah York, Chemistry Ph.D.
  • Xueyi Zhou, Creative Writing M.F.A.

Sterling Scholarship
This prestigious Alumni Association award is designated for UNLV graduates who are admitted to and enrolled in a doctoral degree program.

  • Victoria Amato, Biological Sciences Ph.D.
  • Shen Huang, Mathematical Sciences Ph.D.
  • Sarah York, Chemistry Ph.D.

Tina Kunzer-Murphy Scholarship
The Tina Kunzer-Murphy scholarship was created in honor of Tina’s service to UNLV. This award is in support of a UNLV alumna who played on a women’s athletic team and is now pursuing a master’s degree.

  • Sophia Baca, Data Analytics M.S.