While all graduating Rackham students produce dissertations of quality, some students write
dissertations that are truly exceptional for the high caliber of their scholarship and for the significance
and interest of their findings. We recognize these exceptional dissertations with the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.
Dissertations are nominated for the award by University faculty who have served as chairs of dissertation committees of outstanding students. The nominations are then read by a review panel composed of members of the Michigan Society of Fellows, with assistance from other members of the University faculty and research community.
The awards are co-sponsored by ProQuest, which publishes nearly 80,000 dissertations and theses annually, including more than 700 by University of Michigan authors.
I am delighted to announce the recipients of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards for 2011. They are:
- Remy Brim, Pharmacology
- Ksenya Gershtein, History of Art
- Daniel E. Horton, Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Kathryn Howell, Psychology
- Bin Hu, Operations, Technology, and Innovation Management
- Nathaniel Mills, English Language and Literature
- Christopher T. Nelson, Materials Science and Engineering
- Yi Xiang, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Please note that the dissertations of the following were selected as deserving honorable mention:
- Karen Acton, Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History
- Avraham Astor, Sociology
- Nathan Charlow, Philosophy
- Michael Degiorgio, Bioinformatics
- Alison Duvall, Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Brett Fling, Kinesiology
- Jessica Goldberg, Public Policy and Economics
- Scott Moura, Mechanical Engineering
All members of the U-M community are invited to attend the awards ceremony on April 26, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Amphitheatre on the fourth floor of the Rackham Building. This will be immediately followed by a reception in the Assembly Hall.
About the Author
Pat McCune, Senior Project Manager, Rackham Graduate School