Student and Faculty Awards
Recipient of Perryman Summer Research Grant for the Middle East:
Recipient of Goekjian Summer Research Grant for the Middle East:
Recipient of the Young Scholar Prize in Middle Eastern Studies(for Outstanding Scholarship in Middle Eastern Studies at the Undergraduate Level):
Recipient of the Young Scholar Prize in Middle Eastern Studies(for Outstanding Scholarship in Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Level):
Teaching Recognition Award
- The Teaching Recognition Award was established in 2016 to recognize excellence in teaching and to appreciate the indispensable contributions of our faculty to enhance knowledge of the MENA region.
- Previous recipients of the award include Professor Amy Kallander (2016), Professor Hossein Bashiriyeh (2016), Professor Miriam Elman (2017), Professor Rania Habib (2017), Professor Jaklin Kornfilt (2018), and Eva Phillips (2018).
- This year, the award committee, consisting of Professor Jaklin Kornfilt, Eva Phillips and student member Franziska Liu, selected Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Political Science) and Michal Downie (Hebrew instructor) as co-recipients of the Teaching Recognition Award.
“An award to Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi for teaching is long overdue,” the award committee members noted. “The Middle Eastern Studies Program owes so much to him; he worked extremely hard to give the program campus-wide visibility, and then visibility beyond our campus. For a long time, he was essentially the only person who worked on the curriculum of the program, who called for meetings, and who was in email contact with all of us very frequently ... His teaching of his own courses was an outstanding contribution, as well—as those of us who attended some of his classes can attest. We are honored to name Professor Boroujerdi the co-recipient of the 2019 teaching excellence award.”In the announcement released by the award committee, members noted their appreciation of Michal Downie as a very devoted and also very successful instructor: “Her contribution to the Hebrew language program and, through it, to the MESP is outstanding. Her commitment to her classes and to her students are reflected in her student evaluations which are stellar, and she has also taken courses herself so as to develop professionally. We are extremely pleased to be able to name her the co-recipient of the 2019 teaching excellence award.”