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
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