In recognition of excellence among doctoral students, The University of Texas at Dallas’ Office of Graduate Studies has introduced an awards program honoring the top doctoral dissertation in each school.
Winners of the inaugural 2017 Best Dissertation Award were announced at an April reception celebrating excellence in graduate education.
The recipients are:
- Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Fred Araujo, software engineering
Title: “Engineering Cyber-Deceptive Software”
- School of Arts and Humanities
Monica Salazar PhD’16, humanities – aesthetic studies
Title: “Death and the Invisible Hand: Contemporary Mexican Art, 1988-Present”
- School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
Michael Andreen MFA’10, arts and technology
Title: “Choice in Digital Games: A Taxonomy of Choice Types Applied to Player Agency and Identity”
- School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Micaela Chan MS’12, cognition and neuroscience
Title: “Age-Related Desegregation of Functional Systems in Healthy Adults: The Underlying Patterns of Connections and Protective Life-Course Factors”
- School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Laura Jackson, public affairs
Title: “Toward A Theory of Local Elections: Building a Theoretical Framework By Analyzing School Bond Elections”
- Naveen Jindal School of ManagementSergey Lebedev PhD’16, international management studies
Title: “Institutions, Relations, and Firm-Level Outcomes”
- School of Natural Sciences and MathematicsYuan Zhang, mathematical sciences (statistics)
Title: “Detecting Rare Haplotype-Environment Interaction Under Uncertainty of Gene-Environment Independence Assumption with an Extension to Complex Sampling Data”
Best Teaching Assistant Award
- School of Arts and Humanities
Kevin Wells, humanities – studies in literature
- School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Nimmy Mammoottil, chemistry
Two students earned the David E. Daniel Graduate Fellowship, which is supported by an endowment established in 2006 by the former UT Dallas president. The award recognizes an exceptional doctoral student each year in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
The recipients were Sujeet Patole in electrical engineering and Wenwen Huo in molecular and cell biology.
Two students who previously received Best Teaching Assistant Awards from their schools also were recognized at the event: Kevin Wells in the School of Arts and Humanities and Nimmy Mammoottil in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
“Congratulations to all the award winners,” said Dr. Marion Underwood, dean of graduate studies and Ashbel Smith Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. “Their hard work and creativity earned them this honor and, I believe, will serve them well in their future endeavors.”
UT Dallas awards about 190 doctoral and professional degrees each year across 31 disciplines in seven schools.
“These students highlight the quality of graduate education throughout UT Dallas’ programs, which is vitally important for enhancing our reputation as a prominent research university,” Underwood said.
Dr. Frederico Araujo received his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Hamlen.
Last summer, We spoke with Dr. Fred Araujo about his dissertation and his future career as a researcher at IBM T.J. Watson, one of the most acclaimed computer science research facilities in the world. You can click here to read the entire Q&A Session with Dr. Araujo.
Source | UT Dallas News Center
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