Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award Winners. These awards are presented to one outstanding senior from each undergraduate program offered at USG who has demonstrated academic excellence and achievement. Winners are selected based on grade point average, participation in internships and honor societies and contributions to their program of study.


Salisbury University


Ingride Mbianga

B.S., Exercise Science

GPA: 4

  • Health and Fitness Club, President 
  • Guided Study Session Leader
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Volunteer
  • Adventist Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Intern
  • Dean List 
  • HIRRS, Cognitive Rehab Specialist


Ingride's undeniable intelligence and eagerness to positively impact those around her makes her a great asset to the program and her community.

-Abby Gibson, Site Coordinator 



Ingride plans to begin her career as an Exercise Physiologist at a Cardiac/Pulmonary rehabilitation center and will sit for her exercise physiologist certification.


Towson University



Jazmin Hidalgo Lopez

B.S., Early Childhood Education

GPA: 4

  • USG New Student Orientation Leader
  • McNair Elementary School, First Grade Student Teacher
  • Transfer Achievement Award (Towson University)
  • Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame Scholarship, Recipient
  • Towson, College of Education Scholarship, Recipient


Ms. Hidalgo is a cultural responsive educator who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to children and families and excellence in Teaching.

-Judith Guerrero, Professor & Program Coordinator



Jazmin hopes to work as an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County public schools starting in August 2020.


Anita Cauchi

B.S., Elementary Education/Special Education

GPA: 4

  • Local private school and parish, Volunteer
  • Boy Scout Troop 472, Member
  • Girl Scouts, Member
  • Montgomery College, Transfer Scholarship Award
  • Towson University Transfer Achievement Award, Recipient


Ms. Cauchi is a dedicated, passionate and devoted teacher, filled with knowledge and determination to provide the best learning experiences possible for her students, colleagues and community.

-Jennifer Schnur, Program Director



Anita has been offered an open contract with Montgomery County Public Schools and hopes to have her own classroom in August 2020.  Anita also plans to start a Graduate Degree in 2021.


University of Baltimore


Sheena Casimbon

B.S., Health Systems Management

GPA: 3.95

  • Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, Member 
  • KINDH (Kids in Need During the Holidays), Volunteer
  • Capital One Bank,  Branch Ambassador and Lead Teller
  • Scott Electric, USA Scholarship, Colvin Scholarship, Maryland Delegate Scholarship, and Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame, Recipient

The Health Systems Management (HSMG) faculty has been impressed with Ms. Casimbon’s dedication to continue her education as she transitions from banking career to healthcare management.  Ms. Casimbon has, throughout her studies, exhibited maturity, thoughtfulness, insight and creativity. 

-Tina Di Franco, Executive Director



Sheena plans to pursue a career in healthcare management with a focus on healthcare law and finance. She strives to become a Health Care Administrator


Charles Miller

B.S., Simulation and Game Design

GPA: 3.91

After deciding to leave a 20 year career in the food industry and return to college in search of something more satisfying Charles hopes to find a job that is both enjoyable and fulfilling.

Even more impressive than Charles' stellar academic record, is his critical thinking ability and creative skills. UB SGD faculty speak highly of Charles, admiring him as a student who is always receptive to new ideas, working with peers and faculty across disciplines, and supporting the collective mission and importance of game design, both nationally and internationally. 

-Sujan Shrestha, Program Director,Associate Professor


University of Maryland, Baltimore


HastiolsadatHastiolsadat Olumishirazi

B.S., School of Nursing

GPA: 4.0

  • Center for Academic Success, Student Staff
  • Medsurg, OB, Research Tutor
  • Student Mentor
  • Shady Grove hospital, ICU and PCU Externship
  • Howard University Cancer Center, Research Volunteer
  • HIF/ EARN Scholarship, Recipient
  • PEO Grant, Recipient
  • Mary Ann O’Bara Bateson Scholarship, Recipient

Hastiolsadat obtained the Qualified Bilingual Staff (QBS) certification as part of her professional development. She serves as both interpreter and translator for patients who do not speak English, assisting them in navigating the language challenges they face in hospitals and medical facilities

-Laura El-Shafei, Director Student Success



Hastiolsadat plans to work as an ICU nurse after graduation and further her education to become a nurse practitioner.





Abigail Gomez

B.A., History

GPA: 3.95

  • Library of Congress, Intern
  • Legal Assistant
  • UMBC's Peer Advisory Team
  • UMBC's History Student Journal, Contributor
  • MOM's Organic Market, Employee


Gomez grew in her time at USG to become a thoughtful colleague, a clear writer, a strong researcher, and a scholar with a formidable intellect and exceptional potential. We in

the history program cannot wait to see what she does next!

-Andrew Nolan, Program Director



Currently Abigail works as a Legal Assistant processing L-1A and L-1B nonimmigrant visas she plans to attend Law School in the future.


Claudia Herrera

B.A., Political Science

GPA: 3.91

  • Sigma Alpha Lambda, Member
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholars
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Recipient
  • Chosen to be a part of the “Lincoln Team at work"


Claudia has been great and motivated student. She started with us in Fall of 2018 is on track to graduate less than two years, with a 3.913 GPA. With all the other things she does, this is an amazing achievement

-Sunil DasGupta, Program Director



Claudia plans to work for a non-profit or immigration law firm to continue her focus on immigration issues.


Jessa Provido

B.A., Psychology

GPA: 4

  • Child and Family Therapy Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Intern
  • Psychology, Writing Fellow
  • USG Student Work Showcase, Presenter
  • St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Youth Ministry Volunteer
  • Psi Chi, Member
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Awardee 
  • Association for Psychological Science, Member
  • Non-profit, Medical Records Clerk
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Scholarship for the Health Professions

Jessa grasps difficult concepts, thinks critically about them, and applies them in useful and clear ways. She is also highly respected by her peers, faculty, and staff.

-Diane Alonso, UMBC Psychology Program Director and Senior Lecturer



Jessa plans to begin a graduate program in clinical psychology


Angel Jenkins

B.A., Social Work

GPA: 4

  • Social Work, Writing Fellow
  • NASW, Student Member
  • UMBC Social Work Student Association (SWSA), Member
  • Shady Grove Advestist Medical Center in Adolescent Partial Hospitalization, Social Work Intern
  • Student Research Assistant for Ms. Jeanette Hoover and Dr. Nicole Belfiore
  • Co-authored the manuscript "Seeing White: Exploring Institutional Racism with Undergraduate Social Work Students", under review by the Journal of Social Work Education
  • UMBC Provost's Teaching and Learning Symposium, Presenter

Angel is an exceptional scholar with passion, knowledge, drive, and commitment to social work. She is humble but confident, poised and directed, demonstrating respect to both peers and faculty.

-Katie Morris, Program Director



Angel will begin a graduate program in Macro and Micro level social work and become a Licensed Masters Social Worker


University of Maryland, College Park



Heritiana (Sophy) Rakotomanana

B.S., Biological Sciences

GPA: 4

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Member
  • Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success Scholar
  • Terps Without Borders, Member
  • Cell Biology, Biometrics, and Physics, Teaching Assistant
  • Maxim Biomedical, Inc, Manufacturing Technician
  • Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, Research Intern
  • Ike and Catherine Leggett Scholarship, Recipient
  • HIF-ACES Scholarship, Recipient ​​​​

In addition to her stellar GPA and consistent academic engagement, Sophy participated in numerous outreach activities, conducted undergraduate research, and has served as a teaching assistant for three different courses.

-Hadiya Woodham, Program Director




Sophy plans on pursuing a career in biomedical research or becoming a medical practitioner


Kristen Elizabeth Beasley

B.A., Communication

GPA: 3.9

  • UCA, Treasurer 
  • YWCA Adult literacy program, Volunteer
  • Communication and Digital Media, Teachers Assistant
  • DCTV, Assistant Editor Intern
  • Film Festival, Award Winner 
  • Deans List 
  • USG Scholarship, Recipient

Kristen has shown stellar academic and professional performance, received amazing feedback from her internship at DCTV, and proven her sincere dedication to her craft.

-Raimonda Nuredini, Assistant Director



Kristen plans to freelance in digital and visual media and is currently working towards her first art exhibition


Paris Trone

B.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice

GPA: 3.84

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Student Association, President
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Member 
  • Campaign, Volunteer
  • Avid traveller, 16 countries so far

Paris is always excited to learn more, strengthen her ties with the local criminal justice agencies, and take opportunities to define her future career path.

-Wendy Stickle, Program Director



Paris’s goal after graduation is to begin a graduate program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior.


Mohammad Hamed Hanaee

B.S., Information Science

GPA: 3.87

  • Information Science Society, Founder and President
  • Kendall Scholar
  • Mortar board National Senior Honor Society, Member  
  • NASA, Data Analyst    
  • Software Engineer QA, Earth Networks


Hamed is very enthusiastic, contributing, and reliable student and classmate. He has many strengths but his main ones are his hard work, perseverance, and passion about what he is doing.

-Tetyana Bezbabna, Assistant Director



Mohammad would like to work in data science and software development and is considering his offers for full-time employment after graduation.


Negar Mehrabkhani

B.S., Public Health Science

GPA: 3.86

  • Dean’s List
  • Delegate Kathleen Dumais, District 15 Legislative Scholarship Recpient
  • 10th Annual International Conference on Stigma, Poster Presenter
  • Westat, Research Intern
  • NBC4/ T44 Health and Fitness Expo, Volunteer
  • USG Mobile Market, Volunteer


Negar has thrived as a PHSC major and exemplifies perseverance, dedication, and engagement in her academic and personal life. She will make wonderful contributions to the field of public health.

-Jenny Hodge, Program Director




Negar plans to attend the University of Maryland School of Public Health 

Master of Health Administration (MHA) program for the Fall 2020 semester


Thuyen Nguyen

B.S., Robert H. Smith School of Business-Accounting

GPA: 3.96

  • Accounting Guided Study Session, Leader
  • Ernst & Young, LLP, Tax Intern
  • CohnReznick, LLP, Tax Intern
  • Dean’s List 


First generation college student and GSS student leader for accounting students. Thuyen held two tax internships and will graduate at the top of her class.

-Luke Glasgow, Program Director



Thuyen has accepted a full-time job with the Big Four firm, Ernst & Young after she graduates and will pursue the CPA, become a tax manager at Ernst & Young


Karla Villacis Palacios

B.S., Robert H. Smith School of Business - Management

GPA: 3.83

  • Dean Student Advisory Council, Member
  • MenTerps, Mentor  
  • Plus 1 Program - Supply Chain Management
  • PepsiCo Sales Division, Intern
  • H&M, Sales Associate 
  • UMD Smith Emerging Leader Award
  • USM Emerging Leader Badge
  • Deans List
  • Montgomery Hall of Fame Scholarship, Recipient
  • UMD Kendall Scholar
  • Julie Palakovich District 17 Scholarship, Recipient


Karla is a student leader who has made the Dean’s List every semester and has won numerous scholarships. Her professional career will begin with PepsiCo as a Sales District Leader.

-Aki Noguchi, Academic Advisor



After graduation Karla plans to start full time at PepsiCo as a sales District Leader for Northern Virginia. As well as begin considering graduate programs.


Jose Alexander Castro

B.S., Robert H. Smith School of Business- Marketing

GPA: 3.6

  • MenTerps, Mentor
  • Sherwin-Williams, Sales and Management Intern
  • Camille and Clifford Kendall Scholar


Jose is a brilliant student and a great mentor, supporting his mentees with academic, social, and career development. Jose will be joining PepsiCo as a Sales Management Associate upon graduation.

-Aki Noguchi, Academic Advisor



Jose will be joining PepsiCo as a Merchandising Team Leader upon graduation in May and continue to Mentor students in the Smith School of Business.


University of Maryland, Eastern Shore


PrompasPrompas Deeprachakorn

B.S., Construction Management Technology

GPA: 3.86

  • National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Member
  • Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Volunteer
  • Building Information Technology I, Tutor
  • Miller & Long Concrete Construction, Assistant Estimator
  • Estimator for, “ Yards Parcel G”,  a winning construction project at the Nationals Park

Mr. Deeprachakorn's strengths include his memory retention of important facts, methods, and details as it pertains to the design and construction of buildings and facilities.

-David Bowles, Program Director



Prompas plans to develop his career and passion for the construction field, continue pursuing professional construction certificates, and pursue a master's degree in project management or business.


Amy Thai

B.S., Hospitality and Tourism Management

GPA: 3.9

  • Kendall Networking Event, General Manager
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management Day, Program Manager 
  • Eta Sigma Delta, Member
  • Marriot Scholarship, Recipient
  • Sodexo, Inc. & Affiliates Scholarship, Recipient
  • The Hilton Worldwide Scholarship, Recipient

Amy impressed me from our first meeting, she is an articulate and detail-oriented student. In her role as General Manager, for the Kendall orientation event in October, Amy demonstrated her skills as a leader, with openness to feedback and empathy for her team. Amy is truly a stand-out individual who will impress everyone she meets.

-Sherrie Tennessee, Program Director



Amy is considering a focus on Human Resources and upon graduation plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Business & Administration


University of Maryland Global Campus



Omeed Mahmoudyeh

B.S., Information Systems Management

GPA: 3.9

  • USG Student Council, Institutional representative 
  • Alpha Sigma Lamda Honor Society, Member
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society, Member

Omeed is a focused academician,

champion for student advocacy and advancement, and a bright star on the

horizon. There’s no doubt he will accomplish whatever he sets his mind to.

-John Thompson, Assistant Director, Regional Center Operations



Upon graduation, Omeed is planning to pursue graduate studies