School of Graduate Studies


Honors and Awards

Molly Pintok

Distinguished Thesis Award 2018

Distinguished Thesis Award Honorable Mentions 2018

Additional Awards

2017 Excellence in Leadership Awards

  • Marian Fernando, College Counseling and Student Development
  • Nawang Palkit, College Counseling and Student Development
  • Nguyen Pham, Higher Education Administration
  • Claire Rudeen, College Counseling and Student Development

2016 Excellence in Leadership Awards

  • Reenu Bajracharya, Gerontology
  • Brittany Gotzinger, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Lisa M. Hankes, School Counseling
  • Jae Who Ko, Special Education
  • Shawn Mueske, Higher Education Administration (Ed. D)
  • Natalie Sitter, Higher Education Administration
  • Sinduja Thinamany, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Leoma Therese Van Dort, Social Responsibility

Other Awards

  • Matthew J. Borcherding, Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.) President's Distinguished Achievement Award (awarded by employer, MSCTC)
  • Matthew J. Borcherding, Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.), NISOD Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award



Molly Tast, Community Psychology, First-Year College Students Attitudes Toward Disability: Assessment of Disability Inclusion Training. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, April 2017. Oral Presentation.

Shana Rogan., Biology, The effect of Garcinia kola extract (GKE) on the T-cell composition and function in experimental type 1 diabetes (T1D)., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, April 2017. Oral Presentation.

Sam Harvey, Biology, Study of Garcinia kola extracts antidiabetic properties in a mouse model for type 1 diabetes., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, April 2017. Oral Presentation.

Anthony Kunkel, Physics and Astronomy, Light from Freezing Quarks., St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, April 2017. Poster Presentation.

Michel Tchang, Anthropology, Biodistance analysis between Classic Neanderthal populations using non-metric features of the dentition., St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, April 2017. Poster Presentation.

Wesley Davis, Biology, Mosquitos: A Threat to Minnesota Public Health, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, April 2017. Poster Presentation.

Nawang Palkit, College Counseling and Student Development, Challenges Faced as a Young Student Affairs Professional, MCPA Careers in Student Affairs: Graduate Student Event, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus.  Co-Presenter: Joseph Joyce

Alfredo Oliveira, Higher Education Administration
Oliveira, A.A., and Larson, A. (2016). Discover Your Path for Academic Success, at Power in Diversity Leadership Conference, January 2016, St. Cloud, MN.

Kris Oliveira, Higher Education Administration, "Queer and Colored!? Navigating intersecting identities in the LGBTQ community" Power in Diversity St. Cloud State University

Kirubel Zelalem Seifu, Computer Science, UAV Flight Control Using Brain Signal: A Brain Computer Interface (BCI) approach utilizing a cloud computing infrastructure Name:

Seth Taft, Cultural Resource Management, "A Morphological Study of Projectile Points Recovered from the Kratz Creek Mound Group," 59th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Amy VanSurksum, Higher Education Administration (Ed.D), International Officer at the University of Glasgow, presented a session titled "Using Professional Competencies in a Global Context to Mentor the Next Generation" at the International Symposium preceding the NASPA National Conference in Indianapolis in March 2016. Co-presenters included Dawn Harris-Wooten, NAFSA Staff; Birgit Schreiber, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; and Tadd Kruse, American University of Kuwait.


Sam Harvey, English: Rhetoric and Writing, "Journey to Self-Acceptance in a Culture Demanding Self-Hate." Eds. Michael Monje Jr. and Ian Nicholson. The Spoon Knife Anthology: Thoughts on Compliance, Defiance, and Resistance. Autonomous Press: Fort Worth, Texas. 2016.

Kirubel Zelalem Seifu, Computer Science
Part I Publication: Part I Title : Flood Prediction and Risk Assessment Using Advanced Geo-Visualization and Data Mining Techniques: A Case Study in the Red-Lake Valley, Part I Co-Authors: Omar Al-Azzam, Deli Sarsar, Mehdi Mekni.

Part II Publication: Part II Title : N Tiered Entangled Architecture: A 4 Dimensional Predictive Model, Part II Co-Authors: Omar Al-Azzam.

Accepted to Doctoral Programs

Sam Harvey, English: Rhetoric and Writing, was accepted and will be continuing on for a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Iowa State University in the Fall.

Grants and Scholarships

Atimma Eyo, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Global Leadership Award, Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship

Rene Martin, Ecology and Natural Resources

  • Student Research Award ($726), St. Cloud State University 2015
  • Lerner Gray Memorial Fund ($2,500), American Museum of Natural History
  • Travel Grant for Society for Systematic Biologists Workshop ($500), supported by the National Science Foundation
  • Tracy Storer Award, Ichthyology ($300), American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • Travel Grant for the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists ($600), supported by the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology
  • Jerry Wolff Biology Graduate Student Enrichment Fund ($1,800), St. Cloud State University
  • Student Research Award ($675), St. Cloud State University
  • Denise McGuire Student Research Award ($200), St. Cloud State University
Onneetse Samakabadi, Marriage and Family Therapy, Fulbright scholarship award


Student Organization Leadership

Graduate students serve as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, publicity chair, membership chair and as active members in a number of student organizations including:

  • Active Minds
  • Ayubowan Sri Lanka Student Organization
    • Leoma Van Dort, Treasurer
  • Biology Graduate Student Association
    • Rene Martin, Vice President 2015/President 2016
  • Chinese Student and Scholars Association
  • Coalition for English Graduate Students
  • College Counseling and Student Development Organization
  • Cool Cats Swing Dance Club
  • Criminal Justice Association
  • CSCI Club
  • Gerontology Club
  • GLBTA Alliance
  • Graduate Clinical Counseling Association
  • Graduate Student Organization
    • Cody Ryberg, Higher Education Administration, President
    • Unmesha Punyamurthula, Information Assurance, Vice President
    • Pratik Bagul, Mass Communications, Treasurer
    • Warda Saif, Information Assurance, Secretary
    • Hareesh Reddy Eemani, Information Assurance, Promotions Chair
    • Kira Munoz, College Counseling and Student Development, SGS Liaison
  • Husky Data Analytics Club
  • Indian Heritage Club
  • Information Assurance Club(IA)
    • Aashika Khadka, Secretary
  • International Student Association
  • Korean Student Association,
  • LASA – Latin American Student Organization
  • Nepalese Student Association
  • OutLoud
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • SCSU Women's Rugby Club
  • Senate Finance Committee
  • Student Organization of Behavior Analysis
  • The Anthropology Collective
  • The Robotics Society
  • University Ambassadors
  • UTVS Television
  • Vietnamese Student Association

Professional Association Memberships

  • ACA
  • ACCED-I -- Association of Collegiate Conference & Events Directors-Intl
  • ACPA – College Educators International
  • ACR
  • ACUI
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Association of Geographers
  • American Physical Society,
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • AOTA
  • ARHP
  • ASHA
  • ASHT
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers
  • CASE
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Education Minnesota
  • FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
  • International Association for Healthcare Safety & Security
  • International Association of Property & Evidence
  • IREM
  • ITEM
  • JPD
  • Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MARP
  • MARRCH -- Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health
  • MASE
  • MCPA – Minnesota College Professionals Association
  • Minnesota Academy of Science
  • Minnesota Association of Social Workers
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • MinneTESOL
  • MnCA
  • MRA
  • MSHA
  • MSSA -- Minnesota Social Service Association
  • MYRA
  • NACA – National Association for Campus Activities
  • NAPW
  • NASPA -- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • NASW -- National Association of Social Workers
  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • National Rehabilitation Association
  • National Speech Language and Hearing Association
  • NPPA -- National Press Photographers Association
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • Rotaract
  • Society of American Archaeology
  • Society of Historic Archaeology
  • SWE
  • The Acoustical Society of America
  • The Archaeology Conservancy
  • United States Chess Federation
  • Wisconsin Association for Identification
  • Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators

Additional Leadership

Sam Harvey, English: Rhetoric and Writing, was asked by Autonomous Press to be the co-editor of The Spoon Knife Anthology: Test Chamber, an anthology of poetry, fiction, and memoirs written by neurodivergent people.

Kirubel Zelalem Seifu, Computer Science: US9264886, Patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office) - 2016 SCSU Research Colloquium Fellow, Grant Awardee.

Amy VanSurksum, Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.), was elected to NAFSA's national Chair for the International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community. She will serve a three-year term leading professional development and initiatives for the organization.


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