Undergraduate Study
Student Awards
Hilliard Awards for Seniors

In 2007, the department created awards in honor of Professor John Hilliard that recognize outstanding achievements by our undergraduate students.

These awards are presented to graduating seniors in two categories: 

  • Undergraduate Research and Design
  • Leadership, Scholarship and Service


Undergraduate Research and Design

Davy Zeng, Advisor: Professor Mark Hersam/Thomas
Davy will enter the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan in the fall.

Undergraduate Leadership, Scholarship and Service

Jazmyn Lu, recognized for her strength as a community-builder and, in particular, her leadership of the MatSci Club and the Concrete Canoe team.


Undergraduate Research and Design

Jacob Mack, “Structural Stabilization of Fe-based Freeze-Cast Foams During Redox
Cycling via Alloying, “ Advisor: Professor David Dunand
Jacob will begin the Ph.D. program at MIT this fall, advised by MSE alum Chris Schuh.

Undergraduate Leadership, Scholarship and Service

Simona Fine, recognized for her scholarship as an honors student in MSE and a double major in English, for leadership as a Peer Advisor, a Fellow of her Residential College, and for her contributions to research during COVID. Simona will continue her academic career as a Ph.D. student in MSE at NU.


Undergraduate Research and Design

Peiwen Ren, “Machine Learning Guided Discovery of Thermally-Driven Metal-Insulator Transition Compounds, “ Advisor: Professor James Rondinelli

Undergraduate Leadership, Scholarship and Service

Naomi Pieczulewski, recognized for her dedication to outreach as a co-found of MakerGirl at Northwestern, as a mentor to other women in STEM, and for outstanding scholarship as a member of the Snyder research group.

Past Awardees