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ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

The ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students. Each year, Rackham invites faculty to nominate outstanding dissertations produced in their programs. The nomination dossiers submitted are then read and discussed by a review panel of faculty members who identify the finalists. Then, members of the Michigan Society of Fellows read the finalists' dissertations, review their merits, and select the winners. Below is the list of winners of the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Awards, as well as the honorable mentions.

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It Takes a Village!

Promoting linguistically and culturally competent language services in community settings has been a dream of mine for many years. This dream was forged thorough years of work as a Spanish medical interpreter at the University of Michigan Health System, and as a community advocate for the Spanish-speaking immigrant community in Washtenaw County. These experiences inspired me to pursue a doctoral degree at the School of Public Health. Although working toward this degree has been a privilege, it does have its downsides. I found that following my dream was replaced by heavy coursework, research projects, and academic manuscripts.