2022 Student Award Recipients Announced

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The School of Design is proud to announce all of the winners of our 2021-2022 Design Awards. These awards were announced during our Awards Show as part of Design Week from Spring 2022. The School of Design wants to congratulate all of our students for these awards and all of the hard work they put in during this school year.

Design Merit Award
For overall excellence in Design; working hard to improve; for being a good role model - gifts of books are individually selected by faculty.

First Year

  • Aarnav Patel
  • Caleb Sun

Sophomore

  • Communications: Jacky Lococo
  • Products: John Henley
  • Environments: Susan Ni

Junior

  • Communications: Maggie Ma
  • Products: Joseph Kim
  • Environments: Rachel Legg

Senior

  • Emily Spooner
  • Yoshi Torralva
  • Elizabeth Han

Masters

  • MA: Elizabeth McDonough
  • MDes: Lokesh Fulfagar
  • MDes II: Isha Hans

PHD

  • Hajra Qazi

Design Service Award
Awarded to a senior and/or grad who has shown outstanding leadership and service to the School, and to his or her classmates - $200

  • Yoshi Torralva
  • Laura Pedrosa

Industrial Designers Society of America, IDSA Merit Award

  • Emily Spooner

Lee Goldman Scholarship Award
For 3 juniors in design who show professional promise an award of $750 per student.

  • Communications: Francis Park
  • Products: Tate Johnson
  • Environments: Eric Zhao

Kier Service Design & Social Innovation Award
Awarded to students in the School of Design who have created design projects that speak visually to increase public awareness about social justice and call the viewer in a compelling way to action. Awardees will be selected by the faculty of the School of Design toward the end of the academic year. Each year, the faculty will have the option of presenting an award of $2,000 to one undergraduate design student, with the awardee receiving an additional $100 to donate to the social justice organization of his/her choice, or two awards of $1,000 each to one undergraduate and one graduate student, with each awardee receiving an additional $50 to donate to the social justice organization of his/her choice.

  • Bon Bhakdibhumi
  • Nandini (Nanz) Nair

Ed Szylinski Award for Blue Sky Thinking
To recognize a junior CD student who, in the course of the year, demonstrated thinking 'outside the box' in the solution of a design problem. This award acknowledges that often the most innovative solutions arise from ideas or concepts that are unexpected, unusual or even seem downright crazy (at the time) and recognizes the courage and unique perspective required to propose such a solution, even if it doesn't always prove successful. $2,750 award.

  • Hayoon Choi

Marilyn Meltzer Award
Marilyn Meltzer is a prominent artist and fiber sculptor whose work is represented in numerous museums and private collections. This award commemorates her lifelong interests by honoring a student who has shown an ability to combine outstanding design with effective use of color. This prize is open to all full-time (rising) junior students in the School of Design. One student will be chosen and this award, at the amount of $2,500, may be used for advanced study, such as study abroad or summer study. This award must be used within one year of receiving it.

  • Michelle Dang

Konrad Group Digital Innovation Scholarship
The $2,200 award's purpose is to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students in their third or fourth years who are enrolled in the School of Design in the University's College of Fine Arts and who are pursuing studies in digital design, based on merit.

  • Richard Zhou

Konrad Group Diversity in Digital Innovation Scholarship
The $2,200 award's purpose is to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students in their third or fourth years who are enrolled in the School of Design in the University's College of Fine Arts and who are pursuing studies in digital design, based on merit. The funder prefers support to students of any gender who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women in the field of design, as illustrated in their scholarship application materials.

  • Jessica Lai

kynamatrix Research Network "Innovation through Collaboration" 2022 Grant Awards for projects in design, engineering, and computer science.
The network has been a long-standing supporter of our graduate students, awarding grants to selected thesis projects each year based upon proposals and the goals of kynamatrix.

  • Xuehui Zhang
  • Hannah Kim
  • Catherine Yochum

Congrats to all of our students for a fantastic year!

Date Published: 
Monday, May 9, 2022
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