A Tradition of Honoring Excellence 



The 2019 recipients of The Outstanding Senior Man and Outstanding Senior Woman: 

 Outstanding Senior Man, Samuel Jacobson

Outstanding Senior Woman, Emily Osman


Each spring, the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs enjoy the privilege of selecting and honoring two graduating seniors as the “Outstanding Senior Man” and “Outstanding Senior Woman”. The nominees for this award are selected by the Deans from their respective schools based on their academic achievement, community service, and campus involvement. They must have proven leadership qualities and be of strong personal character.


The 2019 recipients of the Outstanding Senior Man and Outstanding Senior Woman Awards, Samuel Jacobson (“Sam”) and Emily Osman, epitomize a tradition of recognizing the best of the best among our many fine undergraduate students. 

Sam balanced academic excellence with campus/community involvement during his four years in SMU. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance with a Specialization in Alternative Asset Management with a 3.9 cumulative GPA while serving as Vice President for Member Development for the Beta Thea Pi Fraternity (2016-2019) and President/former PR Chairman of Habitat for Humanity (2015-2018).

Emily graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, plus a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. She was Vice President and Fundraising Chair of the SMU Society of Women Engineers, has been an SMU Student Ambassador and Resident Assistant from 2016 to 2019. A Hunt Leadership Scholar, Emily is an example of excellence despite life challenges.

The candidates for the 2019 SMU Outstanding Senior Man and Woman gathered at the home of President and

Mrs. R. Gerald Turner on Monday, April 15, 2019. 

2019 Award Finalists Selected by Their Respective Schools: 

Cox School of Business 

Taylor Vinson

Milan Brahney

Samuel Jacobson

Momin Irfan


Lyle School of Engineering 

Emily Osman

Meredith Burke

Nathan DeVera

Tristan Knotts

Dedman College of Humanities and Science 

Meredith Burke

Cheyenne Murray

Greg Guggenmos

Giorgio Ioannou

Meadows School of the Arts 

Olivia Beitelspacher

Sara Magalio T

ristan Hipólito

Diego Martínez 


Simmons School of Education and Human Development 

Makenzie Ellis

Brittany Peterson

Kullen Davis