American University of Beirut

Booklet 2023

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​​​Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages

  • ​​​​​Anwar Salman Award in Literature

Anwar Salman is a distinguished modern Lebanese poet who is considered to be one of the pioneers of Al-Shamiyah [the Levantine] school, a trend in Arabic poetry that focused on the aesthetic aspects of the poem, with emphasis on visual and auditory imagery. Established in 2019, the award is given to a graduating undergraduate student in Arabic in recognition of creative writing skills and exceptional research related to poetry and/or the literary works of Anwar Salman.
This year the award goes to:   Hala Abdallah Al Khatib

  • ​ Nader Prize for Excellence in Arabic Language and Literature

Established in 2021 by Ralph Nader to be awarded to a graduating student at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Arabic who has achieved the highest academic distinction or achieves the highest levels of creativity in Arabic language and literature.

This year the award goes to:   Rima T. Sultani Kanawati


Department of Biology

  • Usama al-Khalidi Endowed Award

Professor Usama al-Khalidi was an Arab scientist, artist, poet, and astronomer who dedicated his life to teaching young people to innovate and think “outside the box." Al-Khalidi was an alumnus, professor, and chairperson of AUB's Biochemistry Department. This award was established by his family, students, and friends in 2015 and is given to an outstanding senior student majoring in biology who has demonstrated academic excellence and creativity, as well as a commitment to community service.
This year the award goes to:   Victor Nazih Ghazi

  • ​​Wadia Noureddin Endowed Award in Biology

This award is given to a graduating student who demonstrates excellence in their academic studies in biology, as well as a mature commitment to a career in the same or related field. The award honors Mrs. Wadia Shaar Noureddin, mother of Drs. Baha' and Samar. As an Arabic language teacher, Wadia cultivated in her children a love of AUB and of studying the life sciences. Both Drs. Baha' (in medicine) and Samar (in nursing) are AUB alumni and have had lifelong academic and service careers at AUB.
This year the award goes to:  Karim Hassan Kanbar

  • ​William Van Dyck Award in Biology

Dr. William Van Dyck was a professor of biology at AUB and a mentor of Frank Stewart, whose father was a good friend of Dr. Van Dyck. To honor his memory and his achievements, including acknowledgment of his work from Dr. Charles Darwin, Stewart established this award in 2012. It is given to the graduating senior student majoring in biology with the highest academic average.
This year the award goes to:  Dalia Riad Safi

 

Department of Chemistry

Makhlouf Haddadin Award for Outstanding Chemistry Graduate and Undergraduate Students

The late Dr. Haddadin had a long and distinguished association with AUB's Chemistry Department. An AUB alumnus, Haddadin earned a PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Colorado and did a fellowship at Harvard University. He returned to AUB to begin his career as a research associate. He was chairman of the Department of Chemistry in the 1970s and 1980s. He served AUB also as vice president for academic affairs and acting dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He also served as acting president on more than one occasion.
In honor of his service to the university, two awards were established in 2011: the Makhlouf Haddadin Award for Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Student and the Makhlouf Haddadin Award for Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student.

  • ​Makhlouf Haddadin Award for the Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Student

Awarded at the end of each academic year to a graduating senior chemistry student who has an excellent academic record and has demonstrated research excellence through a paper or project.
This year the award goes to:   Dayan Sahban Hussein

  • ​Makhlouf Haddadin Award for the Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student

Awarded at the end of each academic year to a graduating MS chemistry student who has demonstrated research and academic excellence.
This year the award goes to:   Dalia Moustafa Ezzeddine

 

Department of Computer Science

​Henri Qais Naccache Computer Science Student Development Fund
This fund was created to recognize students engaged in promising computer science projects, including those training to participate in the ACM Collegiate Programming Contest, one of the most prestigious computer science contests worldwide. The fund also supports the acquisition of software and hardware required for senior student projects and grants awards to the best and brightest students in computer science.

  • ​Henri Qais Naccache Service Award

Awarded to an undergraduate student in computer science who has demonstrated excellence in service.
This year the award goes to:   Ali Mohamad Al Karaki

  • ​Henri Qais Naccache Undergraduate Research Award

Awarded to an undergraduate student or group of students in computer science who have demonstrated excellence in research.
This year the award goes to:   Nathalie Wassel Nassar

  • ​ ​Henri Qais Naccache Best Graduate Student Award

Awarded to a graduate student in computer science who has completed the thesis and has attained the highest cumulative average in courses.
This year the award goes to:    Remy Alaa El Sabeh

  • ​ Henri Qis Naccache Best Thesis Award

Awarded to a graduate student in computer science who has defended the best thesis.
This year the award goes to:   Hiyam Khaled Ghannam

  • ​Mark Sawaya Endowed Award

Established in 2014, this award is given at the end of each academic year to the graduating senior student in computer science with the highest cumulative average.
This year the award goes to:  Tala Hosam Al Jaafari

  • ​MT2 Best Achievement Award

Established by MT2 in 2019, this award is granted to the computer science student(s) who prove their achievements through an acquired and demonstrated skillset across various accomplishments in specific area(s) of computer science.
This year the award goes to:   Ali Atef Yassine

  • ​ Murex Best Collaborative Development Project

Established in 2012, this award recognizes team work, group spirit, and
collaboration in support of a development project spanning different industries,
geographies, and departments.
This year the award goes to:     Abdul Karim Amer Mouakeh, Rany Charbel Stephan and Samih Samir Jomaa

  • ​Murex Best Computer Science Student in Development

Established in 2012, this award honors the top computer science student who
has focused in his/her courses, projects, internships, and research assistant
assignments on development and programming.
This year the award goes to:    Miguel Roland Merheb

  • ​ Murex Best Innovative Development Project

Established in 2012, the award recognizes and rewards development projects
that spotlight ideas, concepts, and methodologies that are “out of the box."
This year the award goes to:   Ahmad Saleh Zaaroura, Khaled Walid El Jizi, Lynne Nabil Ismail and Nathalie Wassel Nassar

 

Department of Economics

  • ​​​ ​Dr. Basil Fuleihan Excellence Award in Economics

Dr. Basil Fuleihan graduated from AUB in 1984 with a BA in economics. He went on to earn a master's degree at Yale University and a doctorate at Columbia University. He returned to Lebanon in 1993 to embark on a 12-year political career and advised many of Lebanon's leading politicians. He was appointed minister of economy and trade and elected a member of parliament in 2000. A prominent economist and politician, Fuleihan was tragically killed by the bomb blast that assassinated former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri on February 14, 2005. This award was established by his friends in 2015 and is awarded to the graduating student with a BA in economics with the highest average over their period of study at AUB.  
This year the award goes to:    Karim Mohamad Bachir Tazkarji

 
President Elias Hraoui Endowed Student Awards in Economics
This award was established in 2015 by President Elias Hraoui's wife and former first lady Ms. Mona Hraoui and their son Roland. Hraoui was born in 1926 in Hawsh Al-Umara, Zahle. He studied law and commerce before being elected to parliament in 1972. From 1980 to 1982, he served as minister of public works under President Elias Sarkis and Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan. He was elected president of Lebanon on November 24, 1989 and served until November 23, 1998.

  • ​President Elias Hraoui Endowed Student Award in Economics (Undergraduate)

Awarded to an undergraduate student who is a member of the Economics Student Society for demonstrating outstanding leadership and scholastic achievement.
This year the award goes to:   Jana Tarek El Zoghbi

  • ​President Elias Hraoui Endowed Student Award in Economics (Graduate)

Awarded to an outstanding graduate economics student who has been accepted to a PhD program.
This year the award goes to:   Majdy Mofid Barakat

  • ​Mona Chemali Khalaf Endowed Award

Dr. Mona Chemali Khalaf was a professor, economist, and director of the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), and chairperson of AUB's President's Club. She was an especially passionate champion for gender equality and women's empowerment. Dr. Amin Khalaf established the Mona Chemali Khalaf Award to celebrate his late mother's memory and honor her accomplishments. This award is given to the undergraduate student majoring in economics who has the highest GPA in the fall term of their graduating year.
This year the award goes to:   Chekri Joseph Khalife

  • ​Nadim Khalaf Memorial Award

Dr. Nadim Khalaf was a professor at AUB and chair of the Department of Economics. He was an adviser on several governmental committees and made a significant contribution to the study of economics. This award was originally established in 1996 and was endowed in 2014. It is given to the graduating student in economics who has earned the highest average during their undergraduate studies.
This year the award goes to:  Hussein Fouad Moussa

  • ​ Remy Rebeiz Award in Economics

Remy-George Rebeiz was a 20-year-old senior student in economics who passed away in March 2013 from sudden cardiac arrest. His BA degree in economics with distinction was awarded posthumously. To honor Rebeiz's memory, his family established this award and launched the Remy Rebeiz Young Heart Foundation. Its mission is to save the lives of children and young adults who, like Rebeiz, are genetically predisposed to heart rhythm abnormalities. This award is given to a junior student majoring in economics who has the highest average in a specific set of economics, mathematics, and humanities courses.
This year the award goes to:  Antoine Habib Rizkallah

  • Samir Makdisi Award in Economics

Dr. Samir Makdisi is an emeritus professor of economics and served as deputy president of AUB from 1993 to 1998. He was founding director of AUB's Institute of Financial Economics (1984-2007) and has published important works on democracy, economics, and development in the Arab world. He was Lebanon's minister of economy and trade in 1992. This award was established in 2007 and is given to the project or thesis produced during the academic year that best reflects the values of Makdisi's work.
This year the award goes to:  Hassan Jamal Mansour

  • ​ Suad Sabbagh Sanioura Memorial Prize

This prize was established in 2017 to honor Suad Sabbagh, a devoted mother who valued education, self-esteem, and human dignity. She strongly believed that clear vision, hard work, and integrity would lead her children to excellence and empower them to serve the general good. This award is given to a graduating student majoring in economics who has high academic standing.
This year the award goes to:   Shahd Waddah Mahmoud Jabari

Department of Education

  • Burhan and Rabab Baalbaki Award in Education

This award is given to a graduating student in education (teaching diploma or diploma) who demonstrates excellence in his/her academic studies. The award, made possible by their children Thuraya (BBA '84, MBA '86), Imad (BBA '85, MBA '87), Souheir (BBA '93), and Salwa, honors Mr. Burhan Baalbaki and Mrs. Rabab
Baalbaki for their selfless devotion to their family, and for instilling in their children noble values and moral principles, the love of knowledge, and belief in education as the great equalizer.
This year the award goes to:   Fatima Abu Akila

  • ​ The Educators' Award in Education

Established in 2008, this award is given to the undergraduate student(s) who have demonstrated exceptional involvement in community service, a commitment to innovation, and academic excellence.
This year the award goes to:   Tala Ali Charif

  • ​Dr. Fuad Said Haddad Award in Education

Dr. Fuad Said Haddad was a professor emeritus in the Department of Education, registrar of AUB, and a member of the Arab Association of Collegiate Registrars. He made many contributions to both the study of education and to the discipline of registration. His wife and children established this award in 2011 to honor his life and memory. It is awarded to the graduate student in education who writes the best thesis as selected by the Department of Education.
This year the award goes to:   Eliana Andre Sleiman

  • ​Jack and Hoda Afram Manok Endowed Award

Established by Maria (BA '04), Georgina (BA '10), and Joe (BS '03) in honor of their parents Jack and Hoda Afram Manok, this award is given to the graduating student in education with the highest academic achievements.
This year the award goes to:   Tara Lynn Mackow

  • ​Khawla Hobeika Rizk Endowed Award in Education

This award is given to the top senior female student majoring in education.
This year the award goes to:   Tara Lynn Mackow

  • ​Randa Azzam Khoury Endowed Award in Education

This award is given to a graduating education teaching diploma (TD) student, preferably in elementary education.
This year the award goes to:   Hawraa Mohamad Assaf

  • ​Samia Abdul Basset Siniora Endowed Award in Education

This award is granted to an undergraduate student with an excellent academic record who demonstrates a commitment to the education pledge and promotes moral and academic excellence, tolerance, inclusivity, and innovation in education.
This year the award goes to:  Zeinab Hussein Jaafar

 

Department of English

  • Mrs. Jinan Majzoub Excellence English Literature Award

Mrs. Jinan Majzoub is the wife of a diplomat and has dedicated her life to charity work. Her daughter Reem Al Rashash-Shaaban, who is an alumna and former faculty member, established this award in 2007 to honor her mother who has a degree in English literature, and to show her appreciation for AUB. It is awarded to the graduating student(s) with the highest average(s) in the master's program in English literature.
This year the award goes to:   Raghad Waseem Yousef Salah

  • ​Shehadeh Abboud Memorial Excellence Award in English

Though Shehadeh Abboud held several administrative positions during his career, he was widely known as a passionate and dedicated English language teacher. His wife and children established this award in 2004 to celebrate his academic life and his commitment to AUB, which he considered his second home. It is awarded to a graduating senior student majoring in English language who has achieved the highest average in English courses during their undergraduate studies.
This year the award goes to:   Talah Kamal Khalifeh


Department of Fine Arts and Art History

  • Hana Jabsheh Endowed Award

Ms. Jabsheh had a strong passion for fine art and music. As a singer herself, she felt the need to encourage art in our region. In 2017, to honor her memory, her beloved family established this award to recognize top students who share her passion. It is presented to the senior student graduating from the Department of Fine Arts and Art History with the highest GPA.
This year the award goes to:    Mehdi Hani Awada

 

Department of History and Archaeology

  • Abdallah Lahoud Foundation Endowed Award  

The Abdallah Lahoud Foundation Award was established in 2013 by the friends and family of the late Abdallah Lahoud to honor the memory of both this young entrepreneur and of his grandfather, Abdallah Lahoud, a prominent lawyer and literary figure. Established in 2016, this award is presented annually to the graduating student with the highest average in either history or archaeology.
This year the award goes to:  Linda Abed El Nasser Ajam

 

Department of Mathematics

  • The Muhanna Foundation in Mathematics Award of Excellence

The Muhanna Foundation is dedicated to the development, funding, and implementation of actuarial education and research projects and continuing education programs for professionals in actuarially underdeveloped countries, particularly in the Arab world. This award was established in 1998 and endowed in 2013 to support students who excel in mathematics. It is given to the most outstanding senior Lebanese student in the Department of Mathematics.
This year the award goes to:   Rawan Hassan Madi

 

Department of Physics

  • ​ Best Physics Thesis Award

Established in 2018 through a generous contribution from the Physics Chair's Fund, this award is presented to a graduating master's or PhD student in physics who has demonstrated research and academic excellence and also exceptional care, skill, and creativity in the composition and defense of their thesis.
This year the award goes to:  Aya Houssam Al Najjarine and Cynthia Raymond Saad

  • ​Teddy Christidis Excellence Award in Physics

Established in 2023 by the family of the late Professor Theodore Christidis, an exceptional associate professor in physics and assistant to the dean for laboratory affairs at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.This award is granted to an excelling student graduating with a BS degree in physics, who has demonstrated depth and maturity, and a keen appreciation of physics – from theoretical knowledge to experimentation.
This year the award goes to:    Michael Hanna El Helou

 

Department of Political Studies and Public Administration

  • H.E. Ghassan Al-Rashash Excellence Award in Political Studies

His Excellency Ghassan Al-Rashash was a Saudi diplomat who served in Pakistan, Iran, France, and the US. He was the Saudi ambassador to Niger as well as to other countries in West Africa. His daughter Reem Al Rashash-Shaaban, an AUB alumna and former faculty member, established this award in 2007 in his memory and in recognition of her alma mater. The award is given to a graduating student with the highest average in the graduate program in political studies.This year the award goes to:  ​ Mona Albert Salem

  • ​ Dr. Randa Antoun Annual Awards for Public Service and Civic Engagement

Dr. Randa Antoun was a beloved alumna and esteemed faculty member in the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration who was widely admired both at AUB and in the community. The news of her passing in February 2014 was met with a tremendous outpouring of love. Her family, friends, students, and colleagues established this award in 2014 to commemorate and celebrate her life and her dedication to her students.

  • ​Dr. Randa Antoun Annual Award for Public Service and Civic Engagement (Undergraduate)

This award is given to a graduating student who demonstrates academic excellence, engages in and promotes leadership in civic issues, has worked on a research paper that evaluates a contemporary problem in Lebanon, and advances a clear and innovative solution to that problem.
This year the award goes to:   Maria Nizar Farid Hamarneh

 

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies

  • Dr. Assaad Khairallah Endowed Award in Social Sciences

Dr. Assaad E. Khairallah earned a PhD in Arabic, Persian, and Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He taught at Princeton, Freiburg, Basel, and Berkeley before returning to AUB as a full professor where he taught modern Arabic literature and edited (in Arabic and English) Al-Abhath, the journal of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His primary fields of interest are Arabic literature (mainly modern), cultural East-West relations, and comparative and world literature. He has authored a monograph, Love, Madness, and Poetry: An Interpretation of the Mağnun Legend (Steiner Verlag, Beiruter Texte und Studien, 1980) and about 30 scholarly articles in English, Arabic, German, and French. He is completing a monograph on modern Arabic poetry for the RoutledgeCurzon Press and co-editing a four-volume work for Wiley-Blackwell: Literature: A World History. In this work, he coordinates the literatures of West and Central Asia, mainly Arabic, Persian, and Turkic-Turkish, and authors the entry on Arabic literature. This award was established in 2017 in honor of Professor Khairallah by his former student and distinguished AUB alumnus Dr. Hamed Alajlan. It is given to the student who submits the best paper in Arabic during their period of study.
This year the award goes to:   Amr Mhd Ghassan Dukmak

  • ​Antoun Saadeh Cultural Foundation Best Student Essay Award

This award was established in 2015 by the Antoun Saadeh Cultural Foundation to honor the memory and legacy of Antoun Saadeh, the philosopher, writer, and politician who founded the Syrian Social Nationalist Party. It is awarded to the best graduate paper or thesis dealing with social reform in the Arab world.
This year the award goes to:     Manar Ahmad Jamil Shourbaji

  • ​Amal Saidi Memorial Prize

Amal Saidi graduated from AUB in political science in 1958. She often described her days at AUB as among the happiest of her life and would often refer with great fondness to her teachers, among whom she singled out Albert Hourani and Walid Khalidi. This award was established by her family in 2000 and is awarded to a graduating senior excelling in anthropology or sociology.
This year the award goes to:   Rand Ramzi Chmaitilly

  • ​Professor Fuad I. Khuri Award in Anthropology 

An AUB alumnus, Professor Fuad Ishak Khuri earned his BA and MA degrees from AUB. He later received his PhD in social anthropology from the University of Oregon. In 1964, he returned to AUB to serve as a professor of anthropology until
1987. Among his noteworthy books are From Village to Suburb, Tribe and State in Bahrain, Imams and Emirs, Being a Druze, and his career memoir An Invitation to Laughter, published post-mortem. In honor of his life and memory, his wife Mrs. Sonia Jalbout Khuri established this award, presented to an outstanding Lebanese student graduating with a master's degree in anthropology.
This year the award goes to:   Rabea Youssef Hajaig​​

  • ​Kamel Mrowa Award in Media Studies

Kamel Mrowa was a prominent Lebanese journalist and publisher who was assassinated in his office in Beirut in May 1966. He was the founder of Al-Hayat and The Daily Star newspapers and is considered the father of modern Arab journalism. His family established this award in 2015. It is given to a graduating undergraduate or graduating master's student majoring in media studies who has produced the most creative and insightful project (a film, multimedia presentation, or scholarly paper) related to Arab media.
This year the award goes to:    Danah Yassar El Kaouri

  • ​M&C Saatchi MENA Award

M&C Saatchi MENA is a communication agency covering the full spectrum of creative communication, from offline advertising to online and digital media engagement. This award was established in 2010 to recognize the academic achievements of one or more graduating students in the Media Studies Program at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies.This year the award goes to:​   Leen Mohammed Assire

  • ​ Selma Mirshak and Mohsen Slim Endowed Student Award

This award was established in 2015 by Mrs. Rasha el Ameer in honor of her parents Selma Mirshak and Mohsen Slim. The late Mohsen Slim was a lawyer and a pioneer in the human rights movement in Lebanon. Selma Mirshak was an AUB alumna and scholar with an interest in the “Shawam" community. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the American University in Cairo, she joined the Newsweek office in Beirut where she met Mohsen Slim. They married in 1956. Their marriage at the time was a rare example of an inter-religious mixed marriage. The award is given to a graduate student majoring in sociology who has conducted the best fieldwork research. 
This year the award goes to:    Hala Tarek Akkawi

  • ​Sheikh Fawzi Azar Memorial Prize

Sheikh Fawzi Azar studied at AUB and was an active philanthropist and supporter of education. Born in 1910, he was the CEO of several companies as well as a member of the Lions Club, later becoming international director for Lions Asia and the Middle East. The Beirut Lions Club Lebanon established this award in his memory and honor in 1990. It is given to student(s) in recognition of an outstanding paper or study.
This year the award goes to:   Farah Chawki Saab and Nour Samih Al Halabi 

 

Departments of Economics, History and Archaeology, Political Studies and Public Administration and The Center of Middle Eastern Studies

  • Lebanon Renaissance Foundation Award

The Lebanon Renaissance Foundation works to ensure that Lebanon progresses to be a free, democratic, and open society while providing people with choices as to how they live under the rule of state law. The foundation exerts consistent positive influence on the future political and social sectors in Lebanon as part of a national rebuilding process favoring emergence of state attributes. Established in 2009, this award is given to one or more graduating students in political studies, economics, social and behavioral sciences, public administration, or history with the highest academic achievements.
This year the award goes to:   Linda Abed El Nasser Ajam

  • ​Salim Ali Salam Endowed Award

Salim Ali Salam (1868-1938), also known as Abu Ali, held numerous public positions, including deputy from Beirut to the Ottoman Parliament, president of the Municipality of Beirut, and president of the Al-Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut. He was also the leader of the Beirut Reform Movement and a member of the Executive Committee of the First Arab Congress which met in Paris in 1913. Established in 2018 by the family of Salim Ali Salam to commemorate their grandfather's spirit of enlightenment and call for reform, this award is granted to the author of the best graduate thesis in Ottoman or Arab studies in the fields of history, political studies, or Middle Eastern studies.
This year the award goes to:   Dana Naser Walid Nabulsi

 
 

Departments of Economics, Philosophy, Physics and Political Studies and Public Administration

  • Dr. Mohammad Chatah Excellence Award

A widely respected public servant, Dr. Chatah began his academic career at AUB, where he earned a BA in economics in 1974. After earning a PhD in economics from the University of Texas in 1983, he worked at the International Monetary Fund where he held several positions. He was an especially astute observer of Lebanese politics and advised many of Lebanon's leading politicians. He was appointed minister of finance in 2008. Chatah was assassinated when a car bomb struck his convoy in Beirut on December 27, 2013. His friends and family established this award in 2015 to honor his memory. It is given to the graduating senior student in economics, political studies, public administration, philosophy, or physics who has achieved the highest average at AUB.
This year the award goes to:   Arwa Whida Abubaker Emhemed

 

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, and The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)

  • ​​ Randa Bdeir Award in Gender Equity

Established by Randa Bdeir, a recognized leader in electronic payments and credit card technology in the MENA region and a member of the Advisory Board of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut. This award is given to qualified undergraduate or graduate student(s) from the Department of Sociology Anthropology and Media Studies (SOAM) or the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) who had authored the best paper on a topic related to gender studies.
This year the award goes to:  Aya Fatima Ibrahim Chamseddine

 

General Awards

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  • ​ A. Karim and Soraya El Cheikh FAS Student Leadership Award

This award was established in 2022 by the former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Dr. Nadia El Cheikh, to honor the memory of her parents. This award is given to a female graduating from FAS with a high cumulative GPA and who either demonstrated leadership of an AUB student club/FAS society or is a member of a varsity team.
This year the award goes to:   Aya Maria Joseph Rouhana

  • ​Abdul Hadi Debs Endowed Award for Academic Excellence

The Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut has founded a higher technical school, the Abed El Hadi El Debs Vocational Center, in commemoration of the late Abed El Hadi Mohammad Khair El Debs. El Debs donated annually to the center and encouraged his children to continue this support after his death. This award was established in 2000 and is given to a graduating student, preferably at the graduate level, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and research excellence as demonstrated by a paper, project, or thesis deemed by the faculty to be worthy of publication.
This year the award goes to:   Ali Yatim Saraeb

  • ​Brummana High School Cultural Society Excellence Award

Established in 2017 by the Brummana High School Cultural Society to support needy and qualified AUB students who graduated from Brummana High School students at AUB. It is awarded every year to the top graduating student who is a graduate of Brummana High School.

This year the award goes to:  Rudy Nabih Zalzal​

  • ​FAS Mamdouha S. Bobst Student Award for Civic Engagement and Community Service

This award is given annually during the FAS Graduation Reception to one or more FAS students (undergraduate or graduate) in recognition of their dedicated contributions to improving communities around them. This may include initiatives that had a positive impact on the AUB campus, as well as service going beyond the campus walls, which enacts positive change within local communities. Candidates for this award will be evaluated based on their volunteer work (number of hours committed and relative impact) as well as excellence in scholarship, leadership, and their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
This year the award goes to:  Lara Nabil Haroun and Mahmoud Bassel El Hajj

  • ​Dr. Hassan Abbas Endowed Award in Citizenship and Social Justice

This award is granted to a Syrian student completing their undergraduate
degree at AUB who demonstrates a strong record of academic excellence and
a commitment to citizenship, social justice, and freedom; is of outstanding
character; and promotes tolerance and inclusivity.
This year the award goes to: Rand Kasem Zeitoun

  • ​Majida Sanioura Memorial Prize in Humanities

Mrs. Majida Sanioura was a writer and author of several manuscripts as well as a founding member of the “Alkateb Wal Kitab" Association in Lebanon. Her book collection is now housed in the Majida Al Sanioura Library at the Lebanese University. After her passing, her family, including her brother His Excellency Fouad Sanioura, established this award in 1988 in her honor and memory. It is given to a top graduate senior in the arts or humanities.
This year the award goes to:   Mohamad Hussein Ali Tarhini

  • ​Mary Jones Memorial Award

Established in 2022, by the AUB colleagues in Beirut and North America and friends of the late Mary Jones. This award honors Mary and her extraordinary dedication to AUB – an institution she served for more than 24 years. The Mary Jones Memorial Award will be presented around Commencement to a graduating female student who exemplifies outstanding commitment to community service and volunteerism – values that Mary so faithfully embodied during her years with AUB.
This year the award goes to:   Tala Ali Charif

  • ​Dr. Philip K. Hitti Prize

An AUB alumnus, Philip Hitti taught at AUB before enrolling at Columbia University to pursue his PhD. After World War I he returned to AUB where he taught until 1926. He later went back to the US where he is credited with creating the discipline of Arabic studies. Established in 2008, this award is given to the senior student who, in the judgment of the president, the dean of FAS, and the department chair, exemplifies in their academic career the scholarly spirit of AUB at its best.
This year the award goes to:   Issam Mhd Imad Aldahman and Rawan Hassan Madi

  • ​Poet Said Fayad Graduate Prize in Literature and Humanities

This award is granted to a graduate student from, or residing in, the Global South who participates in and submits the best paper for the Al-Abhath Essay Prize Competition.
This year the award goes to:   Fatme Hussein Chehouri

  • ​Salwa Siniora Baasiri Exceptional Volunteer of the Year Endowed Award

Salwa Siniora Baasiri, current director general of the Rafic Hariri Foundation, is an AUB graduate (BA Economics '67) and was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2015. As an active community influencer, Siniora Baasiri established this university-wide award in 2016 to highlight and encourage community engagement, social responsibility, and civic education. It is awarded to an undergraduate student who has maintained not only a high academic standard, but also demonstrated a commitment to community work, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and innovative social projects.
This year the award goes to:     Nasrin Abdul Aziz Azizy

  • ​ WAAAUB-Abu Dhabi Chapter Student Endowed Award

The WAAAUB – Abu Dhabi Chapter established this award in 2017 to support the top graduating student in each faculty who graduated from a high school in Abu Dhabi.
This year the award goes to:   Aren Garabet Marajanian

  • ​Penrose Award

The Penrose Award was established to honor former AUB President Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr. Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Penrose came to AUB in 1928 where he taught physics for three years. He served as AUB president from 1948 until his death in 1954. He is the author of That They May Have Life, an invaluable history of AUB from its founding in 1866 as the Syrian Protestant College until 1941. The Penrose Award is given to the outstanding graduate in each faculty in recognition of scholarship, character, leadership, and contribution to university life.
This year the award goes to:  Tala Ali Charif​

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