Monday, May 22, 2017

Announcing Recipients of the 2017 Best Dissertation Award

Recipients of the 2017 Best Dissertation Award

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 2017 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. 

Congratulations!

Biological & Life Sciences

Ameya Kirtane

Advisor: Jayanth Panyam

Dissertation: Overcoming Transport Barriers to Nanoparticle-based Chemotherapy

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Social Sciences & Education

Sarah Lageson

Advisor: Christopher Uggen 

Dissertation: Digital Punishment: The Production and Consequences of Online Crime Reporting

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Rutgers University-Newark 

Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering

Deborah Schneiderman

Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

Dissertation: High Performance Materials from Renewable Aliphatic Polyesters

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago 

Arts & Humanities

Ann Zimo, History

Advisor: Michael Lower

Dissertation: Muslims in the Landscape: A Social Map of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Thirteenth Century

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

Honorable Mention

  • Jessica Apolloni, English; Advisor: John Watkins
  • Jonathan Clayton, Comparative and Molecular Biosciences; Advisor: Timothy Johnson
  • Ahmed Eldawy, Computer Science; Advisor: Mohamed Mokbel
  • Allison Page, Communication Studies; Advisor: Laurie Ouellette
  • Brenton Wiernik, Psychology; Advisors: Deniz Ones & John Campbell