Annual Student Awards and Faculty Recognition

Each year, as they prepare for commencement and the next step in residency training, the medical school officially welcomes our fourth-year students as WMed alumni and honors the top students from the graduating class during the annual Awards and Alumni Banquet. Faculty are also recognized during the event and honored with awards that are chosen by the students.

The Awards and Alumni Banquet for students in the Class of 2019 was held on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the CityScape Events Center in downtown Kalamazoo.

Commendations

To graduate, students must successfully demonstrate skills in scholarship, quality improvement, active citizenship in community health, and teaching through work that is integrated as part of the medical school curriculum. Students who choose to pursue additional, optional activities in these four areas are awarded recognition of achieving these skills with commendation.

  • Quality Improvement with Commendation
    Michael Behun
    Michael Behun
    Class of 2018
    Serena Chen
    Serena Chen
    Class of 2018
    Amy Chonghasawat
    Amy Chonghasawat
    Class of 2018
    Satya Dalavayi
    Satya Dalavayi
    Class of 2018
  • Research with Commendation
    Nicole Baker
    Nicole Baker
    Class of 2018
    Michael Behun
    Michael Behun
    Class of 2018
    Heather Chen
    Heather Chen
    Class of 2018
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Class of 2018
    Grant Finlayson
    Grant Finlayson
    Class of 2018
    Nicole Foley
    Nicole Foley
    Class of 2018
    Timothy Truong
    Timothy Truong
    Class of 2018
    Ana Villalobos
    Ana Villalobos Acosta
    Class of 2018
    Timothy Wysozan
    Timothy Wysozan
    Class of 2018
    Eleanor Yu
    Eleanor Yu
    Class of 2018

Outstanding Student Awards

Annually, each academic department at the medical school selects one or more outstanding students from the graduating class to be awarded on behalf of the department faculty.

CLEAR Awards

Students in each graduating class slect one peer who exemplifies excellence in each area of the medical school's CLEAR mission: Clinician, Leader, Educator, Advocate, and Researcher.

  • Clinician Award
    Timothy Truong
    Timothy Truong
    Class of 2018
    Nicholas Sweda
    Nicholas Sweda
    Class of 2019

     

  • Leader Award
    Kevin Cates
    Kevin Cates
    Class of 2018
    Nathan Whelham
    Nathan Whelham
    Class of 2019
  • Educator Award
    Arad Abadi
    Arad Abadi
    Class of 2018
    Neil Hughes
    Neil Hughes
    Class of 2019

     

  • Advocate Award
    Ana Villalobos
    Ana Villalobos Acosta
    Class of 2018
    Grace Catherine-Parikh Walter
    Grace Catherine-Parikh Walter
    Class of 2019

     

  • Researcher Award
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Class of 2018
    Samuel Lai
    Samuel Lai
    Class of 2019

Honor Society Inductees

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

    The Michigan Epsilon chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at WMed recognizes students who have shown dedication to academia, peer teaching, leadership, humanism, and service. Students become eligible for this honor in their third year, and are selected by faculty who are members of the society.

    McKenzie Akers
    McKenzie Akers
    Class of 2018
    Michael Behun
    Michael Behun
    Class of 2018
    Nicole Foley
    Nicole Foley
    Class of 2018
    Ana Villalobos
    Ana Villalobos Acosta
    Class of 2018
    Timothy Wysozan
    Timothy Wysozan
    Class of 2018
    Samuel Yost
    Samuel Yost
    Class of 2018
    Ashley Akkal
    Ashley Akkal
    Class of 2019

     

    Jordan Fenlon
    Jordan Fenlon
    Class of 2019

     

    Tyler Gardner
    Tyler Gardner
    Class of 2019

     

    Peter Hoeksema
    Peter Hoeksema
    Class of 2019

     

    Xavier Jean
    Xavier Jean
    Class of 2019

     

    Audrey Jensen
    Audrey Jensen
    Class of 2019

     

    Evan Kohler
    Evan Kohler
    Class of 2019
    Beau Prey
    Beau Prey
    Class of 2019

     

    Nathan Whelham
    Nathan Whelham
    Class of 2019
     
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society

    We believe int he importance of developing humanistic future physicians who are dedicated to compassionate, respectful, and empathetic patient care. Students who have exhibited these characteristics while in medical school are inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Students are nominated for this honor in their third year by their peers.

    McKenzie Akers
    McKenzie Akers
    Class of 2018
    Kevin Cates
    Kevin Cates
    Class of 2018
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Class of 2018
    Tyler Harris
    Tyler Harris
    Class of 2018
    Ana Villalobos
    Ana Villalobos Acosta
    Class of 2018
    Samuel Yost
    Samuel Yost
    Class of 2018
    Claire Cameron-Ruetz
    Claire Cameron-Ruetz
    Class of 2019
    Michael Chavarria
    Michael Chavarria
    Class of 2019
    Brittany Chow
    Brittany Chow
    Class of 2019

     

    Neil Hughes
    Neil Hughes
    Class of 2019
    Audrey Jensen
    Audrey Jensen
    Class of 2019
    Beth Kinsella
    Beth Kinsella
    Class of 2019

     

    Nathan Whelham
    Nathan Whelham
    Class of 2019
    Ai Yamasaki
    Ai Yamasaki
    Class of 2019

     

Scholarship Recipients

Faculty Awards

Prior to commencement, each graduating class presents awards to outstanding medical school faculty.