Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence

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Established in 2017, the Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence (PMGSE) is a prestigious honor awarded by the university president to exceptional graduate students who are graduating from their master's or doctoral program. These students best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and the ideals of the University of Cincinnati. 

The PMGSE application process is coordinated by the Graduate Student Governance Association. Please visit their website for application requirements and award criteria

Our 2022 Recipients

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Abdullah Bdaiwi

Biomedical Engineering, PhD, College of Engineering and Applied Science

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Christin Godale

Neuroscience, PhD, College of Medicine

Previous Recipients


Adeboye Adejare - Biomedical Informatics, PhD

Ayad Ali - Medical Scientist Training Program, PhD

Sakinah Hofler - Creative Writing, PhD


Crystal Whetstone - Political Science, PhD


Caitlin Doyle – English Literature and Creative Writing, PhD
Courtney Giannini – Epidemiology, PhD


Batsheva Guy – Educational Studies, PhD
Ryan Mackinson – Neuroscience, PhD


Kendra Leahy Denlinger – Chemistry, PhD
Jessica Ross – Neuroscience, PhD
Sid Thatham – Chemical Engineering, MEng and Business Administration, MBA