Students Awarded for Academic Excellence and Dedication to Others

The stage at the 2017 NYU President's Service Awards in New York City.

NYU Abu Dhabi students received many global awards and grants in the 2016-17 academic year in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievements and contributions to their communities.

Highlights include:

Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford

Dubai Abulhoul, Class of 2017, is a political science major, published author, and member of the Emirates Youth Council.

Guillaume Sylvain, Class of 2017, has become immersed in the Arabic language and the Middle East, majoring in the Arab Crossroads Studies program and minoring in Arabic language and political science.

Fulbright Scholar

Annalisa Galgano, Class of 2017, received the U.S. Student Fulbright Study Grant to study how the Greek leftist social solidarity movement has supported refugees in Athens, Greece.

Yenching Scholar

Julia Saubier, Class of 2016, was selected to attend the prestigious Yenching Academy of Peking University to take interdisciplinary China studies.

NYU President's Service Awards

Awarded annually, the NYU President’s Service Award recognizes distinguished achievements that “have had an extraordinary and positive impact on the University community, the University at large, local neighborhoods, and NYU's presence in the world.”

Individual awards:

Maitha Al Memari, Class of 2018, was recognized for her work as vice-president of Student Government and contributions to the First Year Dialogue program.

Annalisa Galgano, Class of 2017, was recognized for her contributions to the REACH community outreach program and other volunteer efforts with the Office of Community Outreach.

Organization award:

Women Empowered in Science Technology Engineering and Math (WeSTEM) was established by NYUAD students to address the gender gap for women pursuing degrees and careers in STEM.

Dalai Lama Fellowship

Sara Pan Algarra, Class of 2020, plans to create a program that provides female migrant workers in Abu Dhabi with opportunities to come together and engage in sports, develop and strengthen relationships, and be given the chance to explore new environments.

Hannah Taylor, Class of 2018, plans to continue Family Friends, which started last fall as a series of mindfulness-based workshops which brings together families with children with autism spectrum disorder and offers them support and mindfulness tools to better their everyday experiences.