Graduate School

Outstanding Academic Accomplishment by a Master’s Student

This award recognizes an outstanding academic accomplishment demonstrated by a Brown University Master’s student in any department or program while enrolled at the University.

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Elizabeth Kinnard ScM '15 receives the Outstanding Academic Accomplishment by a Master's Student award at Commencement.

The award and an honorarium are presented at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony in May.

Examples of academic accomplishments can include published or unpublished papers, essays, research posters, presentations, readings, performances, or other works demonstrating superior accomplishment.

Nomination Process and Requirements

Brown University faculty members may make nominations for this award. Students in terminal master’s degree programs or executive master’s programs and doctoral students enrolled in a secondary master’s program through the Open Graduate Education program are eligible for nomination. 

A nomination letter is required, and should include evidence of superior achievement in thesis, projects, or research. Nomination letters should provide detail about how the student’s academic product/project exceeds the quality of excellent work typically expected in the program. The letter should also provide evidence of how the product/project distinguishes or prepares the student for a life of usefulness and reputation. Please furnish a digital copy of the student’s academic product/project, where feasible.


The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2024. Nominations should be made through UFunds, found under the Graduate Student and Alumni Awards button.

All nominations are reviewed by the Graduate Council, which also makes final determinations regarding the winner.


Ilayda Top, smiling in a black graduation gown with a red sash that says Brown Alumni Association and Brown, in front of a brick wall with greenery.Ilayda Top ’20, Sc.M’23

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Cadence LeeCadence Lee, Biotechnology

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Marissa Bennett, Biotechnology

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Aakash Jhaveri, Biotechnology

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Alexander Colin Adia, Public Health

Andrew S. Campbell, History

Léo Kadota, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry 

Adam Eltorai, Biomedical Engineering 

Elizabeth Kinnard, Behavioral and Social Health Sciences