UG Student Awards

Lindsay Roemmich Sport Management Achievement Award

Each year the Lindsay Roemmich Sport Management Achievement Award is given to the graduating senior who best exhibits: (1) academic excellence, (2) external sport management experience, (3) positive attitude, and (4) dedication to improving the Rice Sport Management Program.

This award represents the highest honor among our graduating seniors. Recipient's are listed below:

Graduating Senior Recipient Year Graduating Senior Recipient Year
Ashley (Anderson) Gibson 2005 Adam Tabakin 2006
Sparky Frost 2007 Frank Arnold 2008
Natalie Kirchhoff & Charles Hampton 2009 Jimmy Comerota 2010
Ashten Ackerman 2011 Stephen Noh 2012
Ryan Glassman 2013 Mary Mikell Lampton 2014
Justin Wolin 2015 Travis Stockbridge 2016
Jeremy Reiskind 2017 Lindsey Hodge & Sergio Santamaria 2018
Ben Schragger 2019 Samantha Quen & Jesse Roberts 2020
Kristian Stengel 2021 Jen Spell 2022
Sofia Roa 2023 Benjamin Wilton 2024

Jesse Tsu Sport Management Academic Achievement Award

The Jesse Tsu Sport Management Academic Achievement Award is given to the graduating senior who has the highest cumulative grade point average within the Department of Sport Management. This award is named after Jesse Tsu '11, whose cumulative grade point average is the highest ever for a Sport Management major. Jesse is now working in Nike's international headquarters for the Jordan brand.

This award represents the highest academic distinction among our graduating seniors. Recipient's are listed below:

Graduating Senior Recipient Year Graduating Senior Recipient Year
Molly Mohr 2015 Travis Guzzardo 2016
DJ Green 2017 Jahid Adam 2018
Mai Pham 2019 Frank Li 2020
Drew Axelson
Audrey Paetzel
Catalina Santamaria
2021 Hanyang "Derek" Wang 2022
Carlos Rivera 2023

Jeff Brover
YiQing "Spring" Xia

2024

Patrick K. Thornton Memorial Award

The Patrick K. Thornton Memorial Award is presented each semester to the Sport Management student who has earned the highest grade in the Sport Law class.

This award is given in honor of Patrick K. Thornton, who was a member of the Rice University Sport Management Faculty from 2003-12. Thornton was a respected Professor and Lecturer at Rice University, University of Houston, South Texas College of Law, and Houston Baptist University. He was considered one of the prominent Sports Law authorities in the United States. Professor Thornton taught Sport Law and intellectual Property Law all over the world, including Russia, Australia, and Vietnam. He was also greatly admired and loved by his students.

Following his excellence, this award was created to memorialize his hard work and dedication to the Department of Sport Management at Rice University and the Sport Law community. Recipient's are listed below:

Recipients Year Recipients Year
Jesse Drummond '14 (fall)
Holly Hargreaves '16 (spring)
2013-14 LaShay Fontenot '16 (fall)
Bo Sripharphan '15 (spring)
2014-15
Pax Kaplan-Sherman '18 (spring) 2015-16 Jason Petro '17 (fall)
Summer Roberson '17 (spring)
2016-17
Simone Bergsrud '19 (fall)
Brian Wright '19 (fall)
Irvin Sio Khen Kiong '18
2017-18 Caroline Cobb '19 (fall)
Emily Mohlin '21 (fall)
Castin Neumeyer '19 (spring)
Grace Chialiva '22 (spring)
2018-19
John Brown '20 (fall)
Kristian Stengel '21 (spring)
2019-20 David Getter '23 (fall)
Jeremy Alpert '23 (spring)
2020-21
Kate Jablonski '23 (fall)
Max Cunningham '23 (spring)
JoVoni Johnson-McCray '23 (spring)
2021-22 Jeff Brover '24 (spring)
Elena Schwegman '25 (spring)
2022-23
Colin Buechler-Neimeyer '26 (fall)
Colin Freeman '24 (fall)
2023-24

Jimmy Disch Sport Analytics Award

The Jimmy Disch Sport Analytics Award is given to the graduating senior who has shown a strong commitment to academic excellence, while also earning exceptional practical experience in, the sport analytics field throughout their time as a Rice undergraduate sport analytics major.

This award is named after Dr. James "Jimmy" Disch whose love and passion for sports and data led him to create the Sport Analytics program within the Department of Sport Management. Recipient's are listed below:

Graduating Senior Recipient Year Graduating Senior Recipient Year
Jason Gardner 2021 Caleigh Page 2022
Jacob Kauffman 2023 Jeff Brover
Taylor Shui
2024

Gilbert L. Hermance Award

The Gilbert L. Hermance Award recognized the top student in the entire Department of Kinesiology "who exhibited exemplary qualities of scholarship, leadership, character and service during his or her undergraduate experience." Though Sport Management students are no longer eligible for this award since we are now our own Department, past Sport Management recipients are:

Recipient Year Recipient Year
Marcos Ramos 2005 Leslie Hinshaw 2010
Zach Thomas 2006 Sam Shainsky 2011
Sparky Frost 2007 Vanessa Morales 2012
Lindsay Balthrop 2008 Jarvis Sam 2013
Natalie Kirchhoff 2009

Distinction in Research and Creative Works

Distinction in Research and Creative Works is a university award for select undergraduates, granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript and diploma. Students must apply within their department or program to be considered for the award and the application must be supported by a letter from a faculty member. For more information, click Guidelines for Distinction in Research Award.