2015 Stewart Award Winners

The G. Alec Stewart Student Achievement Award recognizes students in their junior year who are judged to best symbolize the values of the UHC and of the University generally. Four students are selected annually for this Award, each to receive a prize of $1,000. This year's recipients are listed below.


Sage Lincoln from Pittsburgh, PA.

Majors: Environmental Geology, Ecology & Evolution, Urban Studies

  • Sage is conducting research in the Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences, performing geochemical analysis of lake core sediments to determine impacts of mining pollutants.
  • She serves the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Housing and Dining as the Student Sustainability Coordinator, designing an improved recycling system for residential halls.
  • She is actively involved in numerous organizations around campus as the business manager for Feed the Planet, treasurer and discussion group leader for Engineers for a Sustainable World, and a member of Plant to Plate Urban Garden, Geology Club, Green Fund, and Club Ultimate Frisbee.
  • She is the recipient of the Vira A. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jefferson Award for Public Service for her work with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy when she was in high school.


Anisa Mughal from Salt Lake City, UT.

Major: Natural Sciences; Minor: Chemistry

  • Anisa is conducting research in two departments. In the Department of Chemistry Anisa works with Dr. Kabirul Islam studying organic synthesis DNA analogues in determining decarboxylation enzyme in DNA methylation through a photo cross-linking method. In the Department of Psychology, under Dr. Natasha Tokowicz, she studies translation ambiguity.
  • Anisa has served as a teaching fellow, co-teacher, and assistant in a scientific writing workshop, in an Organic Chemistry Laboratory, and in a General Chemistry course.
  • Anisa is a Chancellor's Evening Scholar, was Outstanding Student of the Year in the College of General Studies in the Spring 2014, and a Brackenridge Research Fellow in the Spring 2014.
  • Anisa has demonstrated leadership in multiple capacities as a Legislative Intern coordinating Health and Wellness Events, as an Intern with Magee Womancare International managing six local outreach programs, as a co-editor of the Pitt American Chemical Society, and as a website designer and public relations Chair for the Pitt Women's Choral Ensemble.
  • Anisa is fluent in German, Spanish, and Hindi, and is a competitive triathlon athlete.


Brian Rhindress from King of Prussia, PA.

Major: Electrical Engineering; Minors: BioEngineering, Computer Science

  • Brian serves as a NCIIA and Epicenter University Innovation Fellow to empower student leaders at Pitt to enhance the technology innovation landscape.
  • Brian is President of Engineers for Sustainable Medical Development, a student-powered organization that gives engineering students practical experience making medical devices.
  • Brian has conducted Nanowire Research optimizing tin oxide nanowire deposition on silicon chips under Dr. Jun-kung Lee in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • Brian has had three significant experiences in Israel working with General Motors managing a summer long project testing new driver's seat technology, in a Vietnam Industrial Field Course, and with Medicapture, Inc. organizing assembly line conversions of endoscopic video recording devices.
  • Brian has received numerous academic awards from II-VI Foundation Industrial Scholars, Israel Excel Fellowship, and the SSOE Selwyn D. Berson Scholarship.


Mark Zaki from Hollidaysburg, PA.

Majors: Neuroscience, History and Philosophy of Science; Minor: Chemistry

Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine.

  • Mark is spending this academic year at Cambridge University, having been selected as the first student from the University of Pittsburgh for the Pitt in the UK Honors Program.
  • Mark conducts research in the Department of Psychiatry in Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic under Dr. David Lewis studying translational neuroscience, quantifying and analyzing expression levels of NARP, an immediate early gene believed to play a role in the neural circuitry deficits of schizophrenia.
  • Mark is the Founder and President of the Coptic Orthodox Youth Association where he coordinates volunteer events with Global Links packaging medical supplies for resource-poor hospitals and feeding local people through the Jubilee Soup Kitchen.