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Thomas M. Weser Award

Thomas M. Weser Award honors one international student each year who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to intellectual life, cross-cultural appreciation, and personal integrity. Weser Award recipients are typically active in student organizations and community service projects outside of the classroom and maintain a solid record of academic performance at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Each spring, one outstanding Vanderbilt University international student receives the annual Thomas M. Weser Award. The award was established in 1989 in memory of Thomas M. Weser, an exchange student from Germany who was killed while attending Vanderbilt University. Each year since, the Weser Award has recognized an international student who has made a significant contribution to the life of the University in the footsteps of Thomas M. Weser.

Weser came to Vanderbilt on the Regensburg Exchange Program in the fall of 1988. On February 5, 1989, the 22-year old student was robbed and killed. Weser’s death drew national attention to the crime rate at Vanderbilt and shocked the University community. A number of security improvements were made as a result of the incident. The University installed a plaque in Weser’s memory on the Highland Avenue side of parking lot 20 (now 25th Avenue Garage) where he was killed.

The idea for an annual award in Weser’s memory came from a group of his fellow students. Each year, a committee selects from among those nominated a student who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to intellectual life, cross-cultural appreciation, and personal integrity. Weser Award winners are typically active in student organizations and community service projects outside of the classroom and maintain a solid record of academic performance at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Nominations for this award may be made by Vanderbilt Students, Staff, and Faculty through Anchor Link starting December 6th, 2013. All nominations must be made by February 14, 2014 at 5pm.

Non-Vanderbilt Nominators should use the form below and email it to isss@vanderbilt.edu.

The winner of this award will be announced early March 2014 and receive their award at the Magnolia Awards Ceremony on April 2nd, 2014.

Click here to Download and Print a Nomination Form
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Thomas M. Weser Award Past Recipients

2014 Ruidan Ma (China)

2013 Li Qu (China) and Huilin Sun (China)
2012 Junyu Lei (China)
2011 Jiakai Jeremy Chua (Singapore) and Menghan Hu (China)
2010 Salih Yilmaz (Cyprus)
2009 Ariel Xinyue Liang (China)
2008 Sharran Srivatsaa (India)
2007  Srivatsan Pallavaram (India)
2006  Yang Geng (China)
2005  Naved Mahmud (Bangladesh)
2004  Sarita Mohanty (Canada)
2003  Juan Diego Casaretto (Uruguay)
2002  Ibrahim Al-Mojel (Saudi Arabia)
2001  Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Monir (Malaysia)
2000  Kofi Dadzie (Ghana)
1999  Liguo Song (China)
1998  Claudia Seymour (Bermuda)
1997  Lily Ustariz P. (Honduras)
1996  Gerardo A. Montero (Venezuela)
1995  Ji Li (China)
1994  Yasemin Yardimci (Turkey)
1993  Alexander Zijdenbos (Netherlands)
1992  Md. Saleh Zein-Sabatto (Syria)
1991  Regine Schwarsmeier (Germany)
1990  Jan Van Egeraat (Netherlands)