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Graduate School Announces Spring 2020 Student Awards

Previous graduation of grad students

May 12, 2020

The UNC Graduate School has announced the recipients of awards recognizing superior academic achievement and outstanding research in graduate studies.

Dean’s 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.

  • Esther Hsueh, Master of Science, Dietetics with Internship
    Nominated by Nikki Withrow and Katie Kage

  • Viva Rase, Master of Science, Biological Sciences
    Nominated by James Haughian and Nicholas Pullen

  • Ashley Heim, Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Education
    Nominated by Emily Holt and Lauryn Benedict

  • Megan Martinez, Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology
    Nominated by Basilia Softas-Nall and Stephen Wright

  • Laura Schauer, Doctor of Audiology, Audiology
    Nominated by Tina Stoody, Jennifer Weber and Julie Hanks

Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation/Scholarly Project

The Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Thesis, Dissertation and Scholarly Project is awarded to students recognized for outstanding research in graduate studies.

Outstanding Thesis

  • Samantha Qualkenbush
    Master of Arts, Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Influence of Poly-Victimization on Adolescent Delinquency and Adult Criminality
    Nominated by Victoria Terranova

  • Viva Rase
    Master of Science, Biological Sciences
    Type 3 Helper Cell and Myeloid Deprived Suppressor Cell Population Dynamics in a Mammary Carcinoma Model
    Nominated by James Haughian

Outstanding Dissertation

  • Ashley Heim
    Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Education
    Understanding Learner-Centeredness and Student Engagement in Undergraduate Biology Education
    Nominated by Emily Holt and Lauryn Benedict

  • Michael Murphy
    Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing Education
    Implicit and Explicit Sexual Attitude Among United States Baccalaureate Nursing Students
    Nominated by Faye Hummel, Alison Merrill, Darcy Copeland and Michael Kimball

  • Sachin Nedungadi
    Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical Education
    Design, Development, and Psychometric Assessment of an Inventory on Concepts Pertinent to Developing Proficiency in Organic Reaction Mechanisms
    Nominated by Richard Hyslop and Corina Brown

  • Tyler Sherman
    Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Education
    Comparative Host Response and Gene Regulation in Deer Mice and Syrian Golden Hamsters During Acute Infection with Modoc Virus
    Nominated by Ann Hawkinson, Patrick Burns and Mitchell McGlaughlin

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