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 Awards.
Dissertations are nominated for the award by University faculty members 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’m pleased to announce the recipients of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards for dissertations completed in 2012. They are:
- Ellen Block, Social Work and Anthropology
- Joseph Braymer, Chemistry
- Dae-Hyun Kim, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
- Alwyn Lim, Sociology
- Jinjin Ma, Mechanical Engineering
- Sven Nyholm, Philosophy
- John Prensner, Molecular and Cellular Pathology
- Rebecca Sears, Classical Studies
- Laura Sherman, Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Yizao Wang, Statistics
Please note that the dissertations of the following were selected as deserving honorable mention:
- Thomas Akiva, Education and Psychology
- Franklin Dollar, Applied Physics
- Sarah Ehlers, English Language and Literature
- Jeremy Guest, Civil and Environmental Engineering
- William Howes, Germanic Language and Literature
- Matthew Masarik, Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics
- Lucy McNamara, Microbiology and Immunology
- Feng Qian, Computer Science and Engineering
- Kevin Reed, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
- Michael Sheehan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Joshua White, History
All members of the U-M community are invited to attend the awards ceremony on May 1, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on the fourth floor of the Rackham Building. This will be immediately followed by a reception.
About the Author
Pat McCune, Senior Project Manager, Rackham Graduate School
Published in: Graduate School News