Description and Winners

The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSG) and The University Graduate School (UGS) have teamed up to formally recognize an outstanding graduate student each semester. Students are nominated by faculty and GPSG representatives from across the university, and a competitive review process decides who will be honored. We strive to recognize students who have contributed to the graduate community in a unique way and are exemplary within their respective academic field.

Because the graduate student body at Indiana University comprises a diverse body of schools and departments, students will be recognized in three different areas: research, community involvement, and teaching.

To nominate a graduate student for recognition, click here.

2013-2014 Winners:

Research – Jordan Barlow, Information Systems Ph.D.


Jordan is the managing editor of MIS Quarterly Executive and and administrator of the Sona research study website. He is the lead author of seven of the nine projects published, presented, or under review over the course of his doctorate, and his research streams reflect both theoretical and practical impact. Two such examples are his work in collective intelligence in virtual streams and computer security. As a result, Jordan has been invited to present at the highly selective and multidisciplinary Collective Intelligence conference.



Community Involvement – Ciara Miller, English MA/MFA


As former BGSA President, Ciara founded the Diversity Initiative at Indiana University. One of her most influential contributions to the unification of university and Bloomington communities is the organization and hosting of poetry slams, which are consistently the best attended poetry events in Bloomington. Through these, she also helped fundraise for the IU Poetry Slam Team to complete at the 2014 national college slam. This summer, Ciara will participate in a service and engagement project via Growth International Volunteer Excursions in Tanzania.



Teaching – Gopinaath Kannabiran, Informatics Ph.D.


Gopi has received both the student-nominated WIC Inspirational Teacher Award and the Graduate Student Award via the IU Commission on Multicultural Understanding for his promotion of diversity through teaching efforts. He has contributed significantly to instructional content and design for multiple courses and workshops in the School of Informatics and Computing, and his student evaluations consistently commend his ability to foster high level thinking and consideration of multiple perspectives in problem solving. (Photo credit: Craig Harkness)