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Topnotch dissertations honored

Works by five graduate students in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering have been selected for the first Outstanding Dissertation Awards. The papers span a range of disciplines—English, political science, physics, biology, and chemical engineering. The winning students are Emily Huber, Matthew Platt, Benjamin Sargent, Nitin Phadnis, and Dongxia Liu. Each awardee will receive a certificate and monetary gift.

“I am continually amazed at the quality of the dissertations produced by our graduate students across the programs in Arts, Sciences and Engineering,” says Wendi Heinzelman, dean of graduate studies and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. “These nominations show just how creative our students are and point to the impact their research will have on society.”

While the awards were created to bring attention to the level of scholarship seen in graduate work at the University, Heinzelman says it’s also an opportunity to recognize the faculty members who nurture and guide students as teachers, advisors, mentors, and committee members.

Heinzelman adds: “The fruits of their labor were clearly evident in all of the nominations.”

For more information, contact Heinzelman at 275-4153 or wendi.heinzelman@rochester.edu.

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