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Students Honored for High Quality Theses and Dissertations

The graduate school recognized the work by students in social sciences, mathematics, physical sciences and engineering.

Written by Lindsay Bradshaw

Students are nominated by their faculty members for the cash award. If a student is awarded first place, the nominating faculty member also receives a stipend.

Students are nominated by their faculty members for the cash award. If a student is awarded first place, the nominating faculty member also receives a stipend.

Texas Tech University’s Graduate School is proud to announce the 2012 awards recognizing the quality of work displayed in several theses and dissertations of graduate students.

The graduate school also will nominate first place dissertation award winners to the Council of Graduate Schools as part of its annual CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition to recognize an outstanding dissertation that represents original work and makes unusually significant contributions to the discipline of that year. 

The graduate school recognizes work in social sciences, mathematics, physical sciences and engineering in even numbered years, and biological life sciences, humanities and fine arts on odd numbered years.

Students are nominated by their faculty members for the cash award. If a student is awarded first place, the nominating faculty member also receives a stipend.

The Helen Jones Foundation’s financial contributions make these awards possible.

This year’s winners are:

Social Sciences

  • 1st place Master’s Thesis – Shawn Brackett in the Department of Education. “Advancing women in education: Colorado state normal school and the university of Colorado, 1870-1920.”  Nominated by Stacy Jacob, Ph.D.
  • 2nd place Master’s Thesis – Josh Novak in the Department of Applied and Professional Studies. “The association between the experience of abuse in childhood and perceptions of safety in current adult intimate relationships.”  Nominated by Douglas Smith, Ph.D.
  • 1st place Doctoral Dissertation – Dr. Nicole Gilinsky in the Department of Education. “Physical Activity and Self-regulatory Capabilities: Examining Relationships with Academic Self-efficacy and Academic Outcomes.”  Nominated by Hansel Burley, Ph.D.
  • 2nd place Doctoral Dissertation – Dr. Matthew Russell in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.  “Women’s Counter Narratives of Redemption.”  Nominated by Nancy Bell, Ph.D.

Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering

  • 1st place Master’s Thesis – Kristine Seaman in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  “Kryptos.”  Nominated by Mara Neusel, Ph.D.
  • 2nd place Master’s Thesis – Valiantsina Lauruschchyk in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  “Orbit Chern Classes in Invariant Theory.”  Nominated by Mara Neusel, Ph.D.
  • 1st place Doctoral Dissertation – Dr. Yingying Chen in the Department of Chemical Engineering.  “An Analysis of Model Parameter Uncertainty on Online Model-based Applications.”  Nominated by Karlene Hoo, Ph.D.
  • 2nd place Doctoral Dissertation – Dr. Brian Miller in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  “On the Integration of Elementary Functions: Computing the Logarithmic Part.”  Nominated by Lourdes Juan, Ph.D.

For more information on these awards:  http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/grdschInfo/supportDocs/ThesisDissertationAwards.pdf  

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