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This Year's Recipients

2022 Recipients


Mona Ascha is a physician-scientist and clinical researcher.  She is working towards a Master of Data Science and is passionate about the intersections of medicine, data science, and artificial intelligence. She hopes to use her MS Data Science degree to further hone her analytical skills and generate evidence to guide clinicians’ practice. Mona is a first-generation American, the daughter of immigrants from Syria. She has significant research experience and publications which earned her honors with distinction in research at medical school.

Evan Goldstein is a campus reliability engineer for Northwestern and is a candidate for the Master of Data Science.   He hopes the degree will give him the tools to analyze data to prioritize maintenance work more effectively.  His engineering work has ranged from developing cutting edge wind power technology, to building vast solar power facilities in Spain, to helping chemical and manufacturing facilities operate more safely.  He has also spent a great deal of time assisting local nonprofits in the Evanston/Skokie area helping them determine their present facilities conditions and future needs. He juggles work and school with raising four children.

Valerie Schoonover is working toward a Master of Public Policy & Administration and would like to run for public office in the future. She has volunteered with the gun violence prevention organization Moms Demand Action and canvassed with a local campaign for the candidate who would become the 47th ward Alderman in Chicago.  She currently works as assistant director, employer strategy at Northwestern Career Advancement where she was nominated for a Northwestern Student Affairs Social Justice award. She has participated in the Northwestern University Women (ANUW) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)