GW’s 2022 Distinguished Scholars

The university recognizes students who are making their mark in the classroom and in the community.

May 19, 2022

Shreenithi Venkataraman

Shreenithi Venkataraman, Milken Institute School of Public Health

George Washington University has recognized seven students this academic year for outstanding academic achievement.  Each year, GW takes note of full-time first year, sophomores, juniors and seniors who have maintained the highest academic performance, a grade point average of at least 3.94.

In addition, a select group of students is chosen by school deans as “Distinguished Scholars” for accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. They receive a special certificate in recognition of their achievement as Distinguished Scholars.

“The university’s rigorous education demands that our students reach intellectually beyond their comfort zones in order to achieve success,” said Christopher Alan Bracey, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Our Distinguished Scholars have gone above and beyond in their studies, meeting the challenge with distinction and demonstrating their dedication to academic excellence and to growing as scholars and leaders.”

Venkataraman studied public health with a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies. She worked as a research assistant for Jameta Barlow, assistant professor of writing for the Women’s Leadership Program, researching the applications of womanist frameworks in Black girls’ and women’s health. She is invested in reimagining the role of community care in public health, particularly for marginalized groups. On campus, she is the president of GW Women of Color and a member of GW Chamak, a dance team.

After graduating, she will be pursuing a job in community health and plans to further her studies in both public health and women's, gender and sexuality studies.

Congratulations to Shree on this amazing accomplishment and recognition as she graduated this spring 2022! Read the full article here.