UW Graduate School

Dissertation and Thesis Awards

Eligibility and nominations for thesis awards
Eligibility and nominations for dissertation awards

Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to recognize the following recipients of the Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards, which recognize outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral and master’s levels.

2017

Dissertation

  • Biological Sciences – Tatiana M. Anderson, Graduate Program in Neuroscience: “We must inspire before we expire”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – Florentina Dedu-Constantin, French and Italian Studies: “The Good Distance: Proust and Sociability”
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering – Tong Zhang, Electrical Engineering: “Integrated Wideband Self-Interference Cancellation Techniques for FDD and Full-duplex Wireless Communication
  • Social Sciences – Aaron S. Erlich, Political Science: “The Political Economy of Information Provision in Developing Democracies”

Thesis

  • Biology & Life Sciences – Matthew M. Coates, Global Health:  “Quantifying Selection Bias from Birth History Estimates of Child Mortality
  • Humanities & Fine Arts –  N/A
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering – Jan Wittenbecher, Mechanical Engineering:  “Contributions to the Analysis and Design of Mechanical Systems for a Series Hybrid Chevrolet Camaro”
  • Social Sciences – Katherine K. O’Neill, Sociology:  “The Adolescent Empathy Paradox and Juvenile Offending:  Why Sex Differences in Empathic Ability Can Explain the Gender Gap in Juvenile Offending Behavior”

2016

Dissertation

  • Biology & Life Sciences – Kenneth Mugwanya, Epidemiology: “Safety of oral tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: prospective studies in HIV-uninfected men and women”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – Elizabeth Brown, English: “Pedagogies of US. Imperialism: Racial Education from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era”
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering – Nicola Dell, Computer Science & Engr: “Mobile Camera-Based Systems for Low-Resource Settings”
  • Social Sciences – Timothy Scharks, Public Policy & Governance:  “Threatening Messages in Climate Change Communication”

Thesis

  • Social Sciences – Yuan Hsiao, Sociology
  • Biological Sciences – Kelly Walters, Global Health

2015

Dissertation

  • Biology & Life Sciences:  Tracy Larson, Biology: “From Genetics to Behavior, the Dynamics and Mechanisms of Adult Neurogenesis in a Sensorimotor Circuit”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts:  n/a
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering:  Sarah Purkey, Oceanography:  “The Abyssal Ocean’s Contributions to the Global Energy and Sea Level Budgets Between the 1990s and 2000s”
  • Social Sciences:  Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Sociology:  “Effects of Prolonged and Timing-Specific Exposure to Neighborhood Disadvantage during Childhood and Adolescence on Health and Health Inequalities in Early Adulthood”

Thesis

  • Biology & Life Sciences:  n/a
  • Humanities & Fine Arts:  n/a
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering:  n/a
  • Social Sciences:  Nicole Ide, Public Health:  “Ascertaining Cause of Death in Dhulikhel, Nepal:  Medical records and Verbal Autopsy”

2014

Dissertation

  • Andrew Adey, Genome Sciences:  “Comprehensive, Precision Genomics”

Thesis

  • Elizabeth Anderson, Landscape Architecture:  “Deconstructing Hydrologies: Reviving the memory of water in Dumbarton Oaks Park”

2013

Dissertation

  • Saleema Amershi, Computer Science & Engineering:  “Designing for Effective End-User Interaction with Machine Learning”

Thesis

  • Dylan High, Museology:  “Ethnic Identity Formation in Adolescence:  Impact of Teen Programs in Museums”

2012

Dissertation (co-awardees)

  • Rene Heffron, Epidemiology: “Contraception, fertility planning and HIV-1 risk among African HIV-1 serodiscordant couples”
  • Jon Froehlich, Computer Science & Engineering:  “Sensing and Feedback of Everyday Activities to Promote Environmental Behaviors”

Thesis

  • Tavis Mulder, Comparative Literature:  “Terror and Totality: Realism in Juan José Saer’s Glosa

2011

Dissertation

  • Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith, Chemistry:  “Static and Dynamic Properties of Critical Fluctuations in Lipid Bilayers”

Thesis

  • Maria Grigoryeva, Sociology:  “Parenting, Child Disclosure, and Delinquency: A Structural Equation Panel Model.”

2010

Dissertation

  • Emily Walton, Sociology: “Exploring the Effects of Residential Segregation on Health Outcomes Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups”

Thesis

  • Jason Scullion, Forest Resources and Public Affairs:  “The Political Ecology of Payments of Ecosystem Services: A Case Study of Coatepec, Mexico”

2009

Dissertation

  • Jonathan Carlson, Computer Science & Engineering:  “Phylogenetic Dependency Networks:  Inferring Genetic Patterns of Adaptation in HIV”

Thesis

  • Yegor Malinovskiy, Civil & Environmental Engineering:  “Occlusion robust and environment insensitive algorithm for vehicle detection and tracking using surveillance video cameras”

2008

Dissertation

  • Mona Atia, Geography: “Building a House in Heaven:  Islamic Charity in Neoliberal Egypt”

Thesis

  • C. Pascal Clark, Electrical Engineering:  “Distortion-Free Coherent Modulation Filtering and Interpolation of Long Gaps in Acoustic Signals”