6 honored for best dissertations, master’s theses

Graduate students in four colleges and schools have been honored for outstanding dissertations and master’s theses.

The awards were given for the first time this year.  They reflect the increasingly important role of graduate education and research at the university.  The awards were presented on a university-wide basis.  Winners were selected by the School of Graduate Studies.

Winners of the Best Dissertation Award, all Ph.D. students who will receive their degrees in May, their fields of study, faculty advisors, and dissertation titles are:

  • Husniyah Abdus-Salaam; industrial engineering; Dr. Lauren Davis, advisor; “Examining the Influence of Dependent Demand Arrivals on Patient Scheduling”;
  • Sylvia Burgess; leadership studies; Dr. Forest Toms, advisor; “Spiritual Capital: The Relationship with Civic Engagement among Faith-Based Leaders”; and
  • Khaliah Hughes; industrial engineering; Dr. Steven Jiang, advisor; “Integration of Cognitive and Physical Factors to Model Human Performance in Fluid Power Systems.”

Winners of the first Best Master’s Thesis Award, all of whom will graduate in May, their fields of study, faculty advisors, and thesis tiles are:

  • John German; physics; Dr. Abdellah Ahmidouch, advisor; “Position Resolution and Efficiency of the Lucite Hodoscope for the SANE Experiment at Jefferson Lab”;
  • Semienawit Ghebrezadik, chemical engineering, Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley, “Groundwater Remediation Using Micro and Nano-Sized Zvi and Kmno4 to Treat Trichloroethylene (Tce) Contamination”; and
  • Priscilla Randolph, food and nutritional sciences, Dr. Salim Ibrahim, “Combinational Effects of a Bioactive Nutrient and Radiation on Human-Derived Ewing’s Sarcoma Cells.”
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