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Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Each year, Duquesne University recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting scholarly work produced by doctoral students as evidenced through their dissertation projects, in the form of Distinguished Dissertation Awards. The nominees' overall academic accomplishments are also taken into account.

See Eligibility and Application to learn more about these awards.

The Graduate Council and the Office of Research Congratulates

2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Nursing
Renee Gilhousen "The Lived Experience of Individuals Living wtih HIV and AIDS While Residing in a Rural Region of Northern Appalachia"
Dr. Lenore Resick, Advisor

Physical and Biological Sciences
Katelyn Sadler "Nociceptive Processing in the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala"
Dr. Benjamin Kolber, Advisor

Humanities and Fine Arts
Sara Tavela "What a Poor, Passive Machine:  The Psychosomatic Heroine from Richardson to Austen"
Dr. Laura Engel, Advisor

Social Sciences
James Wortman "The Utility of a Theoretical Framework of a Culture of Leadership"
Connie Moss, Advisor

2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

Humanities and Fine Arts
Rufus Burnett, Jr. "Decolonizing Revelation: A Spatial Reading of the Blues"
Dr. Gerald Boodoo, Advisor

Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Nursing
Jeffrey Michael Katz "Multi-component Characterization of Strain Rate Sensitivity in Pharmaceutical Materials"
Dr. Ira Buckner, Advisor

Social Sciences
Natalie Toomey "Online Multimedia Learning: Predicting Learner Media Selections in the Visual and Verbal Domains"
Dr. Misook Heo, Advisor

Award Review Committee: chaired by Dr. Lina Dostilio, included Dr. Jim Drennen, Dr. Erik Garrett, Dr. Kathy Glass, Dr. Jeffry Madura, Dr. Melissa Kalarchian, Dr. Lori Koelsch, and Dr. Jim Schreiber.

2015 Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

Humanities and Fine Arts
Emily R. Rutter

Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Nursing
Robert W. Bondi, Jr.

Physical and Biological Sciences
Erin Divito

Social Sciences
Karin Arndt

2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

Humanities and Fine Arts
Marianne Mallia Holohan
Thomas P. Kinnahan, Advisor

Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Nursing
Darlene Monish
Jane Cavanaugh, Advisor

Physical and Biological Sciences
Alice Blice-Baum
M. Rita Mihailesca, Advisor

Social Sciences
Rong-Bang Peng
Leswin Laubscher, Advisor

Award Review Committee: chaired by Dr. Michael Cascio, included Dr. Greg Barnhisel, Dr. James Drennen, Dr. Lina Dostilio, Dr. Erik Garrett, and Dr. Gretchen Generett.

2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

Humanities
Jacob N. Graham
Michael Harrington, Advisor

Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Nursing
Brian M. Zacour
Carl A. Anderson, Advisor

Physical and Biological Sciences
Kristen M. Kruszewski
Ellen S. Gawalt, Advisor

Social Sciences
Lina D. Dostillo
Connie M. Moss, Advisor

Award Review Committee: chaired by Dr. Alan Seadler, included Dr. Mike Cascio, Dr. Bonnie Dean, Dr. Linda Kinnahan.