Monday, May 16, 2016

Announcing Recipients of the 2016 Best Dissertation Award

Best dissertation recipients, 2016

Selections were based on the originality and importance of the research, as well as the potential for the student to make an unusually significant contribution to his or her field

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Best Dissertation Award! One graduate student from each of four groups – arts and humanities, biological and life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences and education – was chosen by faculty from the broad disciplinary area. Selections were based on the originality and importance of the research, as well as the potential for the student to make an unusually significant contribution to his or her field. Each recipient will receive an award of $1,000.

Congratulations!

Arts & Humanities

EMILY BRUCE, HISTORY

Advisor: Mary Jo Maynes

Dissertation: Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods in the Age of Revolutions

Current Position:  Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Morris

Social Sciences & Education

MATTHEW LUTTIG, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Advisor: Howard Lavine

Dissertation: The Rise of Partisan Rigidity: The Nature and Origins of Partisan Extremism in American Politics

Current Position:  Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago

Biological & Life Sciences

JONATHAN RAWSON, MOLECULAR, CELLULAR, DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY & GENETICS

Advisor: Louis Mansky

Dissertation: Studies on the Determinants of HIV Mutagenesis and Strategies for its Enhancement

Current Position:  Post-doctoral Research Fellow, National Cancer Institute

Physical Sciences & Engineering

HUAHUA WANG, COMPUTER SCIENCE

Advisor: Arindam Banerjee

Dissertation: Large Scale Optimization for Machine Learning

Current Position:  Senior Engineer, Uber Advanced Technologies Center

Honorable Mention

  • Aaron Armstrong, Anthropology; Advisor: Martha Tappen
  • Wen Fan, Sociology; Advisor: Phyllis Moen
  • Coty Jen, Mechanical Engineering; Advisor: Peter McMurry
  • Eric Severson, Electrical Engineering; Advisor: Ned Mohan
  • Brad Stiffler,  Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society; Advisor: Richard Leppert

2017 Best Dissertation Awards: Graduates eligible for the 2017 awards must have officially submitted their dissertation between July 1, 2015 and April 15, 2017. The announcement for next year’s competition will be issued in January, with a deadline of April 2017.