Three graduate students from School of Education win 2024 Bucky Awards

This year’s winners of Bucky Graduate Student Awards include three students from the School of Education. Tony DelaRosa and Qiang Xie each received Graduate School Student Commitment to Engagement and Activism Awards, and Emily Nott was honored with the Graduate Peer Mentor Award.

Graduate Student Commitment to Engagement and Activism Awards recognize graduate students who work on promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion in their graduate degree department and/or on campus. They strive to educate, encourage, and create change to foster welcoming and brave spaces for all students, particularly students from diverse BIPOC backgrounds. They demonstrate strong leadership skills through meaningful engagement for influential change.


DelaRosa, a PhD student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is a racial justice educator, researcher, and poet. He was nominated as one of Wisconsin’s 40 Asian American leaders to follow in 2023 by Madison 365, and is the author of “Teaching the Invisible Race,” which helps educators and leaders strengthen their own racial literacy pertaining to Asian Americans.


Xie is a PhD student in the Department of Counseling Psychology as well as a graduate research assistant with the Center for Healthy Minds. Xie studies development, improvement, and implementation of technology-delivered interventions and hopes to bridge the accessibility gap in mental health services. He is also a co-lead of the Counseling Psychology Student Association International Student Committee.

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Graduate Peer Mentor Awards recognize graduate students who exhibit stellar mentorship qualities. These graduate students are selected based on their ability to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students, on or off campus.

Nott is a second-year doctoral student and teaching assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about critical, youth-centered teaching and learning and community arts as a tool for social change.

Read more about Nott and other award winners.

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