Congratulations to the 2020-21 Graduate College Award Winners!

Mar. 9, 2021

 

The Graduate College is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 award winners. 

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): Lara Turello, College of Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
"Investigating the Mechanisms Responsible for Cephalosporin Resistance in Clostridioides Difficile Strain 60"

Outstanding Thesis (Non-STEM): Christopher Forepaugh, College of Urban Affairs, Department of Criminal Justice
“Implicit Attitudes, Explicit Attitudes, and Priming: A Preliminary Analysis of Factors Affecting Use of Force Decisions”

Outstanding Dissertation (STEM): Ali Saber Sichani, College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction
“Application of Data-Driven and Process-Based Modeling Approaches for Water Quality Simulation in Lakes and Freshwater Reservoirs”

Outstanding Dissertation (Non-STEM): Shae Cox, College of Liberal Arts, Department of History
“The Fabric of Civil War Society: The Effect of Uniforms, Badges, and Flags, 1861 to 1939"

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 - Dustin Davis, School of Integrated Health Sciences, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies
2nd Place - Christopher Wakefield, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology
3rd Place - Nina Paul, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology

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. Peter Gray, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology.

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentorship Award
The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentorship award is being given to Dr. Jennifer Pharr, College of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. 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.