2013 Recipients of the "Best Dissertation" Award

Each year the University of Minnesota Graduate School recognizes the University's top recent Ph.D. graduates by presenting ‘best dissertation’ awards in four broad disciplinary areas.  The recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000.

Arts & Humanities

Ryan Cartwright, American Studies

Advisors:  Roderick Ferguson, Regina Kunzel, and Kevin Murphy
Dissertation: "Peculiar Places: A Queer History of Rural Nonconformity"
Current Position: ACLS New Faculty Fellow, University of California, Davis


Biological & Life Sciences

Judd Hultquist, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics

Advisor: Reuben Harris
Dissertation: "HIV-1Vif Requires CBFbeta to Degrade the APOBEC3 Restriction Factors and Facilitate Viral Replication"
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota


Physical Sciences & Engineering

Gang Fang, Computer Science

Advisor: Vipin Kumar
Dissertation: "Discovering Combinatorial Disease Biomarkers"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Social Sciences & Education

Zhicheng Lin, Psychology

Advisor: Sheng He
Dissertation: "Emergence of Human Cognition from Spatial and Temporal Structures"
Current Position: Research Associate, University of Washington, Seattle


Honorable Mention

Erik Carlson, English; Advisor: Andrew Scheil
Mehmed Ertem, Chemistry; Advisor: Christopher Cramer
Hannah Leverentz, Chemical Physics; Advisor: Donald Truhlar
Christy Marquis, Classical & Near Eastern Studies; Advisor: Christopher Nappa
Gonzalo Mateos Buckstein, Electrical Engineering; Advisor: Georgios Giannakis
Alejandro Vélez Meléndez, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; Advisor: Mark Bee
Andrea Wysocki, Health Services Research, Policy & Administration; Advisor: Robert Kane