Congratulations to the 2018-19 Graduate College Award Winners!

Mar. 21, 2019


Several members of the Graduate College community will be recognized at UNLV’s Academic Achievement Awards ceremony and reception on April 29 and at the Graduate College awards ceremony on May 13.

UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards
Each year the Graduate College awards four awards for outstanding theses and dissertations (within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM). This year’s winners are listed below:

Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Jacqueline Phan, Master of Science, Biochemistry (now a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry)
"A Potential Solution to a Poopy Problem: Bile Salt Analogs as Prophylactics Against Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI)"

Outstanding Thesis (Non-STEM): Olufunke Ogundimu, Master of Fine Arts, Fiction, Creative Writing
“Memories of Three Rivers”

Outstanding Dissertation (STEM): Leland Barker, Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology
“Biomechanical Analysis of Jumping: The Influence of External Load and Countermovement Depth on Deceleration Strategies and Performance”

Outstanding Dissertation (Non-STEM): Scot Ewen, Doctor of Philosophy, Science Education
“Exploring the Effectiveness of Model-Based Instruction to Improve Sixth-Grade Students’ Science Content Knowledge"

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
Each year the Graduate College awards three awards for exceptional teaching by UNLV graduate students. This year’s winners are listed below:

1st Place - Joy Immak (College of Sciences)
2nd Place - Malayka Cornejo (College of Education)
3rd Place - Mirae Fornander (College of Liberal Arts)

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Leadership Award
The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Leadership Award recognizes graduate faculty who demonstrate leadership by, for example, serving on committees; mentoring graduate students; and engaging in, leading, or significantly advancing efforts that help move the university toward impactful graduate education, research, scholarship, or creative activity. This year’s winner is Dr. Jennifer Rennels (Psychology).

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentorship Award
The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentorship award will be given to Dr. Lori Candela (Nursing). This award recognizes graduate faculty who mentor graduate students in teaching, research and service; provide sound counsel and advocacy on academic and non-academic issues; and guide students toward the successful completion of degrees.