2014 Student Scholarship Award Ceremony

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IAAP student scholarship ceremony for the year 2014 was held on Thursday Nov. 13 2014.

The main objective of Student Scholarship:

  • To recognize the outstanding academic achievements and excellent service to the Iranian and Iranian-American Communities by Iranian college students attending universities in the DC area and the Eastern United States.
  • To promote the financial support of these scholarships among the large Iranian community in the area.

Program Agenda:

7:00 Registration
7:15 Opening Remarks by Dr. Aram Hessami, Vice President of Planning
7:20 Dinner
8:00 Presentation of IAAP Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Hossein Razavi by Mr. Mohsen Shirazi
8:15 Traditional Music / Avaz
8:30 IAAP, and the Scholarship Award Selection Criteria, Dr. Manouchehr Farkhondeh, President, IAAP
8:45 Summary of the 2014 Student Scholarship Program and introducing the awardees by Hossein Ebneyousef, Chair of Scholarship Committee
9:00 Short presentations by recipients of 2014 scholarship awards
10:45 Closing Remarks

Scholarships Awarded

Year Number
2011 5
2012 10
2013 21
2014 24

Pool of Qualified Applicants 2014 (By Gender)

Group Level No. of Applicants Percent M F
Group I Bachelor 9 13.8 2 7
Master 17 26.2 8 9
Group II PhD/Postdoc 39 60 23 16
Total 65 100 33 32

Review Committee

  • Dr. Farkhondeh
  • Dr. Ardeshirpour
  • Dr. Javan
  • Dr. Mosleh
  • Dr. Memarsadeghi
  • Mr. Ebneyousef
  • Dr. Hessami

Ranked Contributions to 2014 Awards (In the order received)

Rank Name Rank Name
1 SoleNet 12 In honor of Faez Dashtestani
2 Amarex 13 Dr. Javid Javan
3 Shadman/Shahin FC Soccer Club 14 Ms. Mahmonir Rahimi
4 Dr. Payam Aghassi 15 Mrs. Mahin Ghanbari
5 Dr. Cyrus Tahmassebi (RIP)  16 Mr. Mohammad Farhandi
6 Dr. Hossein Razavi 17 Mr. Babak Tahmassebi
7 Remembering Shiraz 18 Mr. Darioush Tahmassebi
8 Mr. Firooz Soltani 19 Dr. Mohammad Hossein Dashti
9 Lions Club of Potomac 20 Mr. Bahram Sheikholeslami
10 Dr. & Mrs. Farkhondeh 21 Dr. Mohammad Alijani
11 Dr. Iraj Saadat

Geographic Distribution of the Recipients of 2014 Awards (By State)

Rank State Number of Awards Percent
1 MD 9 37.5
2 DC 4 16.67
3 WV 3 12.5
4 MA 2 8.33
5 PA 2 8.33
6 VA 2 8.33
7 NY 2 8.33
Total 24 100

Geographic Distribution of the Recipients of 2014 Awards (By School)

Rank Learning Institutions No. of Awards
1 University of Maryland 5
2 Johns Hopkins University 3
3 George Washington University  3
4 West Virginia University  3
5 Penn State University  2
6 Howard University 1
7 Harvard 1
8 MIT 1
9 Columbia 1
10 Virginia Tech 1
11 Towson 1
12 University of Virginia 1
13 Stony Brook 1
Total 24

Top Performers 2014 (By Gender)

Degree Male Female Total Overall Performance Top Performer
BS 1 4 5 4:1 F M
MS 5 2 7 5:2 M M
PhD 5 2 7 5:2 M M
MD/Postdoc 2 3 5 3:2 F F
  Total 13 11 24 13:11 M 3:1 M

Recipients of IAAP 2014 Student Scholarship Awards (Group I – BS)

Rank Name Major School
1 Ali Roghanizad ME/BioMedical Virginia Tech
2 Leili Zamini Chemistry Towson
3 Gelare Ghajar-Rahimi Biology UVA
4 Parandis Nejati Biology Stony Brook
5 Faezeh Ranjbaran Biology WVU

Recipients of IAAP 2014 Student Scholarship Awards (Group I – MS)

Rank Name Major School
1 Babak Manouchehrifar City Planning MIT
2 Hoda Nikpour Animal & Nutritional Sci. WVU
3 Roozbeh Jabbarizadeh Law Harvard
4 Fatemeh Nasrollahi Islamic Studies GWU
5 Afshin Farhadi Construction Engineering Columbia
6 Kayvan Zamani International Law GWU
7 Armin Niaki Industrial Engineering WVU

Recipients of IAAP 2014 Student Scholarship Awards (Group II – PhD)

Rank Name Major School
1 Mohammad Alizadeh  Mechanical Engineering UMD
2 Arefeh Nasri Transportation Engineering UMD
3 Bahareh Nojabaei Petroleum Engineering PSU
4 Seyd Mehdi Kamali  Energy & Min. Eng. PSU
5 Ehsan Jahangiri Electrical Eng. & Computer Science JHU
6 Mohammad Rastegari Computer Science UMD
7 Yousef Ebrahimi Computer Engineering UMD

Recipients of IAAP 2014 Student Scholarship Awards (Group II – MD/Postdoc)

Rank Name Major School
1 Faezeh Razjouyan Medicine, MD Howard
2 Parastoo Chamanrokh Microbiology  UMD
3 Hamid Ferdosi Public Health GWU
4 Shahin Sefati * Vision, Dynamics JHU
5 Saeedeh Mirbagheri * Neuroradiology, MD JHU
* Postdoc Fellow