2016 award recipients

Each year, UW Bothell recognizes students for extraordinary achievement at UW Bothell. These awards are presented at Commencement.  

President's Medalist

Justin Thompson is the recipient of the 2016 President’s Medal. It was established in 2003 to recognize the graduating senior with not only the most distinguished academic record at the University of Washington Bothell, but one who has demonstrated academic achievements and success.

President’s Medalist Justin Thompson has already started the University of Washington School of Medicine’s TRUST Scholar program, which requires a commitment to serve in rural areas or underserved communities. Thompson was compelled to seek a career as a primary care physician because of his six-year experience as an Army pharmacy technician, serving mostly at Madigan Army Medical Center, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Soldiers who had been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as veterans of earlier wars inspired him to go back to school.

View a video about Justin Thompson, the 2016 President's Medalist.


Chancellor's Medalist

In 2016, the Chancellor's Medal was awarded to two individuals: Benjamin Studley and Alejandra Perez. This award recognizes those who have been a consistent source of inspiration for faculty and fellow students alike, and have overcome significant obstacles or endured major burdens in order to complete an undergraduate, graduate or post-baccalaureate degree or certificate program.


Navy veteran Benjamin Studley says receiving the Chancellor’s Medal is especially important because he represents veterans making the successful transition from the military. That’s been a goal since he started at University of Washington Bothell in 2013 just six months out of a nearly 16-year career that included service during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln.

View a video about Ben Studley, the 2016 Chancellor's Medalist.

Pérez found support at the University of Washington Bothell through encouraging and supporting staff at Student Engagement and Activities, spaces such as IDEA Project, and inspiring professors such as Janelle Silva. Pérez was one of five UW Bothell students to be selected in the inaugural Husky 100 – people who already are making an impact on campus and in the world.

View a video about Alejandra Perez, the 2016 Chancellor's Medalist.