Honors: Jeremy Smallwood, Sara Black, Tyler Stalbaum, and Cheryl Anderson

Jeremy Smallwood (Astronomy), Sara Black (History), Tyler Stalbaum (Mechanical Engineering), and Cheryl Anderson (Anthropology) are the recipients of this year's Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards.

Each year the college gives four awards — within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM. This year’s winners are:

  • Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Jeremy Smallwood, master of science, astronomy, for  “Secular Resonances during Main-Sequence and Post-Main-Sequence Planetary System Dynamics”
  • Outstanding Thesis (Non-STEM): Sara Black, master of arts, history, for “Homeland, Homestead, and Haven: The Changing Perspectives of Zion National Park, 1700-1930”
  • Outstanding Dissertation (STEM): Tyler Stalbaum, doctor of philosophy, mechanical engineering, for “Ionic Electroactive Polymer Devices: Physics-Based Modeling with Experimental Investigation and Verification”
  • Outstanding Dissertation (Non-STEM): Cheryl Anderson, doctor of philosophy, anthropology, for “The Bioarchaeology of Inequality during the Middle Bronze Age in Central Anatolia.

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