Graduate students honored at Evening of Excellence

Steven Hobaica and Anne FullerTwelve College of Arts and Sciences graduate students in five different disciplines received scholarship awards at the WSU Graduate School at the fifth annual Evening of Excellence.

“I am grateful for the support that the award and the Graduate School have provided for graduate students to continue to serve their communities through research, scholarship, and public engagement,” said Tabitha Velasco, doctoral student in English and recipient of the Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award. She also expressed her “deepest gratitude to the donors of the scholarship for their generosity” and making the award possible.

The CAS recipients are:

Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities
• Karl Krotke-Crandall – History
• Rebecca Lindsey – Psychology

Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award
• Gregory Keiser – Psychology

Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship
• Laura Ellyson – Anthropology

Graduate School Scholarship
• Andrew Gillreath-Brown – Anthropology

Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award
• Amy Nusbaum – Psychology
• Tabitha Velasco – English

Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship
• Steven Hobaica – Psychology
• Amy Nusbaum – Psychology
• Shi (Steve) Xu – Chemistry

Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship
• Andrew Gillreath-Brown – Anthropology
• Catherine Sumida – Psychology

GPSA Excellence Awards
• Bethany Fennell – Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (psychology)
• Ernesto Martinez — Outstanding Teaching Assistant (chemistry)

More than 100 people attended this year’s Evening of Excellence, including WSU President Kirk H. Schulz; Noel Schulz; dean of the Graduate School, Lisa Gloss; vice president and dean for graduate education at Virginia Tech, Dr. Karen DePauw, namesake of the leadership award. Photos of the 2019 Evening of Excellence 2019 Photo Gallery are available at

Details about Graduate School scholarships can be found on the Graduate School website.

Top photo: Clinical psychology graduate students Steven Hobaica (left) and Anne Fuller at the Evening of Excellence on April 4, 2019.

By Yue Huang for WSU Insider