Fulbright U.S. Student Grants, Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, and More

From science to engineering, writing to social sciences, here are the Columbians who received awards recently.

June 14, 2023

Columbia News produces a biweekly newsletter (subscribe here!) and article series featuring a roundup of awards and milestones that Columbia faculty, staff, and students have received in recent days. In this edition, you’ll find awards and milestones from June 1 to June 15, 2023. 

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Kerrel Murray, associate professor of law, was named Volume 132's Scholar of the Year by the Yale Law Journal.

Colleen F. Shanahan, clinical professor of law, received the Stephen Ellmann Memorial Clinical Scholarship Award from the Association of American Law Schools in recognition of her work to improve the civil justice system.

Eric Talley, professor of law, co-authored the article "Cleaning Corporate Governance," which was recognized by Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the top 10 corporate and securities articles of 2022.


Miriam Laugesen, associate professor in the department of health policy and management at Mailman School of Public Health, was recently awarded an International Affairs Fellowship 2023-2024 to Tokyo, from the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Heino Meyer-Bahlburg, professor of clinical psychology (in psychiatry) is the recipient of the Pioneer Award from the CARES Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of multidisciplinary clinical services for and research on congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Meyer-Bahlburg’s research focuses on intersexuality and disorders of sex development in children, adolescents, and adults, as well as gender variants and gender dysphoria in children and adolescents.

Mijo Simunovic, assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering and the department of genetics and development at Columbia University, has been named a 2023 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.


Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science, and his former PhD student, Yair Ghitza, were given the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award. The award recognizes accomplishments in the fields of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the last 10 years, or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade.


Thiago Arzua, Shai Berman, and Cynthia Chai were named to the first cohort of Leon Levy Scholars in Neuroscience. The Leon Levy Scholars program is a postdoctoral program that supports exceptional young neuroscience researchers across New York City.  


Sixteen Columbia affiliates have been awarded 2023-24 Fulbright U.S. Student grants, which offer funding for students and young professionals to undertake individually-designed international research and study projects or primary and secondary school teaching in English-language classrooms around the world.

Tenzin Dorjee, a PhD candidate in the political science department; Margaux Myriam Fitoussi, a PhD candidate in the anthropology department; and Gaurika Mehta, a PhD candidate in the religion department, have been named Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values.