UNC Graduate School Announces Student Awards

The University of Northern Colorado's Graduate School has announced the recipients of awards recognizing superior academic achievement and outstanding research in graduate studies for fall semester. The winners, who will be honored at the Dec. 8 Graduate School commencement ceremony, are:

Citation for Excellence

The Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence is awarded to students nominated by their school in recognition of superior academic achievement in graduate studies.

  • Jonna Jackson - Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Sciences
  • Catherine Smyth - Doctor of Philosophy, Special Education

Citation for Outstanding Dissertation/Capstone/Thesis

The Graduate Dean's Citations for Outstanding Dissertation, Capstone and Thesis are awarded to students recognized for outstanding research in graduate studies.

Outstanding Dissertation

  • Michael Gersten: Doctor of Arts, Music - "Modern Interpretation of Ornamentation in Naftule Brandwein's Firn di Mekhutonim Aheym and Der Heyser Bulgar"
  • Jonna Jackson: Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Sciences - "The effects of dopamine on frequency dependent short term synaptic plasticity: a comparison of layer contributions and rhythmic dynamics"
  • Valerie Sherman: Doctor of Philosophy, Special Education - "An Investigation of Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Implementation Perceptions and Third Grade Reading Achievement"

Outstanding Capstone

  • Julie Greenwood: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner - "Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management of Sports-Related Concussion in Adolescent Athletes: Translating Evidenced-Based Recommendations into Primary Care Practice"
  • Rachel Mommer: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner - "Stroke Reduction in Elderly Patients with Atrial Fibrillation through Utilization of an Aticoagulation Toolkit in the Primary Care Setting"