Recognition Awards

Each year, because of the exceptional work exemplified by our program participants, AFRL presents Outstanding Scholar and Mentor awards to select individuals. 

Mentors are asked to nominate scholars who went above and beyond what was asked of them and provided excellent examples of character, dedication, and initiative. Likewise, scholars are asked to nominate mentors who have positively influenced their research, summer experience, education and career decisions, and who, overall, they believed deserve special recognition.

Nominations are reviewed and ranked by an anonymous panel of judges, and awards are presented by AFRL leadership or distinguished guests during a Poster Session event.

Congratulations to the Summer 2019 Outstanding Scholar and Mentor Award winners!

Summer 2019 - Scholars

Domenic Cipollone, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Joseph Cox, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Maimuna Hossain, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Cesar Lopez Zelaya, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB
Marko Milosavljevic, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Ramya Pathuri, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Avery Sanford, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Laura Sawyer, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Natalie Schultz, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Ryder Swan, Doolittle Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Benjamin Whetten, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
David Yang, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB

 

Summer 2019 - Mentors

Anthony Baros, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Dr. Kevin Brink, Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB
Jessica Buckner, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Nicholas Del Rio, Information Directorate, Rome Laboratory
Brian Kasch, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Dr. Chi Mai, Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB
John Tam, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB

 

Summer 2018 - Scholars
Judith Brewer, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Railey Conner, Educator Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Bud Denny, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Evan Kain, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Jordan Maxwell, Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Connor Murphy, Phillips Directed Energy, Kirtland AFB
Clayton Neff, Hap Arnold Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Adrian Perez, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Grant Welch, Air Armament Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Summer 2018 - Mentors
Monica Allen, Munitions Directorate,
Eglin AFB
Jason Hammond, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Ryan Hoffman, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Chi Mai, Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB
Andrew Pineda, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Summer 2017 - Scholars
Kyle Bissonnette, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Erich Brown, Phillips Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Derek Burrell, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Olivia Byrd, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Ian Hage, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Jerry Huggins, Air Armament Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Nida Javaid, Phillips Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Joseph Kloeppel, Directed Energy Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Abi Komanduru, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Sharon Maguire, Air Armament Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Steven Maurice, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
John Papadakis, Hap Arnold Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Katherine Schneider, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Gregory Smail, Air Armament Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Luis Suarez-Salas, Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Hunter Vaught, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Summer 2017 - Mentors
Jeffery Allen, Munitions Directorate,
Eglin AFB
Shaun Ard, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Jennifer Elle, Directed Energy Directorate,
Kirtland AFB
Kyle Martin, Space Vehicles Directorate,
Kirtland AFB
Ben Pulford, Directed Energy Directorate,
Kirtland AFB
Stephanie Schieffer, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Andrew Sinclair, Space Vehicles Directorate,
Kirtland AFB
Jennifer Talley, Munitions Directorate,
Eglin AFB
Summer 2016 - Scholars
Matthias Banet, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Shaun Ard, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Cashwell, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Andres Jaramillo, Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Emily Kemp, Air Armament Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Nathan Ley, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB
Quinter Nyland, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Ryan Phillips, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Ben Reifler, Phillips Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Matthew Schmidt, Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Naomi Schweitzer, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Sara Steele, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB
Kimberly Stevens, Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Samantha Sword-Fehlberg, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Jessica Thompson, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB
Jamie Varela, Phillips Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Summer 2016 - Mentors
Shaun Ard, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Karatholuvu Balasubramaniam, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Alan Lovell, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Lynn Neergaard, Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB
Ben Pulford, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Julie Smith, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Mark Spencer, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Summer 2015 - Scholars
Ivan Dragulin, Phillips Space Scholar,
Kirtland AFB
Colleen Gross, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Ilya Krasnovsky, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Evan Lang, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Cody Mart, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Eamonn Moyer, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Tim Murphy, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Brian Ortiz, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB
Kevin Schmittle, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Jimmy Stricklin, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Jessica Thompson, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB
Damien Waden, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Sierra Walker, Air Armament Scholar,
Eglin AFB
Summer 2015 - Mentors
Ken Blackburn, Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB
Brien Flewelling, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Lt. Eli Garduno, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
David “Tony” Hostutler, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Adrian Lucero, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Lt. Jean Pierre, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
David Wilt, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Summer 2014 - Scholars
Emily Dreyer, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB
Alex Englesbee, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Ilya Krasnovsky, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Evan Lang, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Abigail McCool, Air Armament Scholar, Eglin AFB
Joseph Neiger, Doolittle Scholar, Eglin AFB
Brad Sease, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Summer 2014 - Mentors
Rachel Abrahams, Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB
Tim Fleming, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Brien Flewelling, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Summer 2013 - Scholars
Brian Anderson, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Thomas Babuska, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Ben Cooper, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Abrahm Diaz-Strandberg, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Brendan Lamarre, Phillips Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Cody Mart, Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Sally Smith, Space Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Wayne Stanton, Phillips Directed Energy Scholar, Kirtland AFB
Summer 2013 - Mentors
Brad Hoff, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Seth Lacy, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Matthew Squires, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB
Nicholas Tarasenko, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB