Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Award recipients announced


The Graduate School announces the recipients of the 2009 Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards for students from chemistry, history and visual arts. The awards recognize excellence in creative scholarship and research from our graduate student body, as well as the role that their advisory committees play in the success of these students.

Alexander Azenkeng, whose dissertation research in the Department of Chemistry, “Theoretical Studies of Low-Lying Electronic States of Lithium Titanium and Mercury compounds", has now graduated from the University and taken a position at the EERC.

Elisabeth Saunders was nominated by the Department of History for her master’s thesis, “Pine Ridge Reservation’s Early Economic Initiatives and Intercultural Relations.”

The breadth and depth of academic work was even more apparent this year, and resulted in a new category for recognition. The Distinguished Creative Exhibition was created to highlight the outstanding work of Master of Fine Arts student Brad Bachmier for his final exhibit, “A Ceramic Humanity.”

The recipients will be recognized at an awards event during the Scholarly Forum at noon Thursday, March 12, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. All are welcome to attend.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.edu, 7-2524