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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards

Through the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards, Rackham recognizes young scholars who have been nominated by their program for teaching excellence. Winners of this award demonstrate superb skill in teaching, mentoring and advising. They bring creativity, inspirational commitment and intellectual excitement to the classroom, discussion section, or teaching lab, and communicate this passion with their undergraduate students.

The 2017 recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards are:

Me, standing in the driver's position on the back of the dogsled.

Finding Reflection Time as a Ph.D. Student – Dogsledding Edition

As Ph.D. students, we tend to have full work schedules and large writing projects to work on during every minute we don’t spend in meetings, on conference calls, running experiments, teaching, or presenting our research at conferences. It can be difficult to find adequate time and space for reflection, which is not only essential to research, but to learning and personal growth.

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 the dissertations produced in their programs that were outstanding. The nomination dossiers submitted then are 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 the merits, and select the winners. Listed here as well are the Distinguished Dissertation Award honorable mentions, who also produced outstanding and noteworthy dissertations.

The recipients of this year’s dissertation awards are:

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