Established by the Institute’s founding director Dr. Michael Rappa in 2009, the Director’s Prize is awarded each year at commencement to the top graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program in recognition of their outstanding performance in the eyes of their peers.

Past recipients are:

CLASS OF 2021
Erin St. Jeor
Erin St. Jeor
Holly Springs, North Carolina
CLASS OF 2020
Jackson Cabell Sarah Wotus
Jackson Cabell
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sarah Wotus
Cary, North Carolina
CLASS OF 2019
Anthony Berghammer Kieran Riban
Anthony Berghammer
Madison, Wisconsin
Kieran Riban
Athens, Pennsylvania
CLASS OF 2018
Sophia Bessias Emily Hadley Daniel Li Ricky Tharrington
Sophia Bessias
Durham, North Carolina
Emily Hadley
Plainfield, New Hampshire
Daniel Li
Brasilia, Brazil
Ricky Tharrington
Goldsboro, North Carolina
CLASS OF 2017
Kevin Danchisko Emily Doyel Nicole Helmer
Kevin Danchisko
Arlington, Virginia
Emily Doyel
Wichita, Kansas
Nicole Helmer
Washington, DC
CLASS OF 2016
Carlos Blancarte George Taylor Corbett Viola Glenn Leah Wolosiansky
Carlos Blancarte
Tucson, Arizona
George Taylor Corbett
Seattle, Washington
Viola Glenn
Crestview, Florida
Leah Wolosiansky
Akron, Ohio
CLASS OF 2015
Justin Feerhusen Natali Ojeda
Justin Feerhusen
Lincoln, Nebraska
Natali Ojeda
Mexico City, Mexico
CLASS OF 2014
Stephen Neola Keith Walthall
Stephen Neola
Cleveland, Ohio
Keith Walthall
Dallas, Texas
CLASS OF 2013
Erin Cutrell Taylor Shipman
Erin Cutrell
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Taylor Shipman
New Hampshire
CLASS OF 2012
Patrick Hall Scott Sims
Patrick Hall
Charlotte, North Carolina
Scott Sims
Hickory, North Carolina
CLASS OF 2011
Arturo Silva
Arturo Silva
Mexico City, Mexico
CLASS OF 2010
Jennifer Holmes
Jennifer Holmes
Raleigh, North Carolina
CLASS OF 2009
Doris Rowe Andrea Villanes Arellano
Doris Rowe
Salisbury, North Carolina
Andrea Villanes
Lima, Peru