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Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Awards Competition

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to request nominations for the 2015 Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Awards.

The awards are intended to honor truly distinguished dissertations in the sciences, social sciences and humanities – with one award available in each of these three broad disciplinary areas.

Eligible dissertations are those written by students whose PhD was awarded between July 2013 and May 2014.

Nomination process: nominations should be submitted by the department chair or director of graduate studies via Box at: upload.2015_Ha.66qlyh577s@u.box.com

Nominations should include an electronic copy of the dissertation, a dissertation abstract, a current vita, and letters from the faculty mentor and readers that explain the dissertation's contribution and level of scholarship.

For those dissertations that bridge two or more fields, the letter should designate within which disciplinary area – humanities, social sciences or sciences – the dissertation ought to be considered.  All of the above can be uploaded directly to the system as separate documents.

Review Process: nominations in each area will be reviewed by members of the Graduate Research Steering Committee. Awards will be given for truly distinguished scholarship only and should be seen as significant honors; thus, there is no guarantee that the GRSC will grant an award in each disciplinary area in a given year.
There is no expectation that each panel submit a nomination each year. The awards will be given only for distinguished scholarship and should be seen as significant honors.

Award: the award comprises a certificate and a cash award of $2,500.  More significant, though, is the respect given the dissertation by the author’ mentor, committee and the senior faculty who reviewed the dissertation.

Deadline:  February 27, 2015

Previous Recipients

  • 2014 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Humanities:  Mercedes Lopez Rodriguez (PhD in Spanish & Portuguese, 2013), “Racial Fictions: Representation of Race and Gender through Literature and Visual Arts in Colombia, 1830-1875.” 

  • 2014 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences: Natalie H. Brito (PhD in Psychology, 2013), "“Influence of Early Environmental Variation on Memory Development: Examining Bilingualism During Infancy" 

  • 2014 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Sciences: Sonya Dumanis (PhD in Neuroscience, 2013), "Using APOE Genotypes to Identify New Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease Risk"

  • 2013 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Humanities: Toshihiro Higuchi (PhD in History, 2011), "Radioactive Fallout, the Politics of Risk, and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis, 1954-1963"

  • 2013 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences: Steven Michael Ward (PhD in Government, 2012), "Status Immobility and the Systematic Revisionism in Rising Great Powers"

  • 2013 Glassman Disseration Award in the Sciences: Tao Yu (PhD in Chemistry, 2011), "Transforming Triatomic Molecules into Complex Functional Materials"

  • 2012 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Humanities:  Andrew R. Robarts (PhD in History, 2011), “A Plague on Both Houses? Population Movement and the Spread of Disease Across the Ottoman-Russian Black Sea Frontier, 1768-1830s"

  • 2012 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences:  Luis Cerezo Ceballos (PhD in Spanish Linguistics, 2010), “Talking to Avatars:  The Computer as Tutor and the Incidence of Learner’s Agency, Feedback, and Grammatical Form in SL”

  • 2012 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Sciences:  Michael H. Helle (PhD in Physics, 2010), “Radiative Signatures of Electron Acceleration in a Fully Cavitated Laser Plasma Wakefield”

  • 2011 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Humanities:  Megan Brandow-Faller (Ph.D. in History, 2010), “An Art of Their Own: Reinventing Frauenkunst in the Female Academies and Artist Leagues of Late Imperial and First Republic Austria, 1900-1930”
     
  • 2011 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences:  Gregory Scott Weiner (Ph.D. in Government, 2010) “Madison’s Metronome:  The Constitution and the Tempo of American Politics”
     
  • 2011 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Sciences:  Ilana Jacqueline Bennett (Ph.D. in Psychology, 2009), “Aging, Implicit Learning, and White Matter Integrity”
     
  • 2010 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Humanities: Luis F. Granados (Ph.D. in History, 2008), "Cosmopolitan Indians and Mesoamerican Barrios in Bourbon Mexico City:  Tribute, Community, Family and Work in 1800" 
     
  • 2010 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences:  Ariel I. Ahram (Ph.D. in Government, 2008), "Devolution from Above:  The Origins and Persistence of State-Sponsored Militias" 
     
  • 2010 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Sciences:  Yosra M. Badiei (Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2009), "Copper Carbenes and Nitrenes:  Capture of Elusive Intermediates and the Development of a Copper Catalyzed C-H Animation Reaction" 
     
  • 2009 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Humanities:  Meredith Oyen (Ph.D. in History, 2007), "Allies, Enemies and Aliens: Migration in U.S.-Chinese Relations, 1940-1965"
     
  • 2009 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Sciences:  Leah Casabianca (Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2008), "Understanding the Mechanism of Action of Antimalarial Drugs: Insights from Solution NMR"
     
  • 2009 Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences:  Kara Morgan-Short (Ph.D. in Spanish, 2007), "A Neurolinguistic Investigation of Late-Learned Second Language Knowledge:  The Effects of Explicit and Implicit Conditions"
     
  • 2008 Glassman Award in the Humanities:  Sara Scalenghe (Ph.D. in History, 2007), "Being Different: Intersexuality, Blindness, Deafness, and Madness in Ottoman Syria” 
     
  • 2008 Glassman Award in the Social Sciences:  Linda M. Merola (Ph.D. in Government, 2007), “A Culture of Crisis: Information and the Scope of American Civil Liberties in an Era of Terrorist Threat” 
     
  • 2008 Glassman Award in the Sciences:  Jingsong Huang (Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2007),  “Multicenter Covalent Pi-Pi Bonding Interaction and its Role in the Solid-State Properties of Phenalenyl-based Organic Radical Materials” 
     
  • 2007 Glassman Award in the Humanities:  George Vrtis (Ph.D. in History, 2006),"The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains:  An Environmental History, 1700-1900"  
     
  • 2007 Glassman Award in the Social Sciences:  Farah Godrej (Ph.D. in Government, 2006), "Toward a Cosmopolitan Political Thought: Non-Western Texts and the Methodology of Comparative Political Theory” 
     
  • 2007 Glassman Award in the Sciences:  Christopher Drummond (Ph.D. in Biology, 2006), "Phylogenetic Relationship, Mating Systems and Population Structure in Lupinus (Leguminosae)" 
     
  • 2006 Glassman Award in the Humanities:  Henriette de Bruyn Kops (Ph.D. in History, 2005), “Liquid Silver: The Wine and Brandy Trade Between Nantes and Rotterdam in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century” 
     
  • 2006 Glassman Award in the Social Sciences:  Matthew M. Taylor (Ph.D. in Government, 2004), “Activating Judges: Courts, Institutional Structure, and the Judicialization of Policy Reform in Brazil, 1988-2002” 
     
  • 2006 Glassman Award in the Sciences:  Jana Watson-Capps (Ph.D. in Biology, 2005), "Female mating behavior in the context of sexual coercion and female ranging behavior of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in Shark Bay, Western Australia" 
     
  • 2005 Glassman Award in the Sciences:  Amorsolo Suguitan, Jr. (Ph.D. in Biology, 2004), "Identification of factors that increase the risk of pre-term delivery in women infected with Plasmodium falciparum"
     
  • 2004 Glassman Award in the Sciences:  Lyann Ursos (Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2003), "Acidification of the Digestive Vacuole of Plasmodium Falciparum Malarial Parasites Is Linked to Chloroquine Resistance"
     
  • 2004 Glassman Award in the Humanities:  Jeffrey T. Zalar (Ph.D. in History, 2003), "Knowledge and Nationalism in Imperial Germany: A Cultural History of the Association of Saint Charles Borromeo, 1890-1914"
     
  • 2003 Glassman Award in the Humanities:  Gillian McGillivray (Ph.D. in History, 2002), "Blazing Cane: Sugar Communities, Power, and Politics in Cuba, 1868-1948"
     
  • 2002 Glassman Award in the Humanities:   Anne Thiel (Ph.D. in German, 2001), "Verhinderte Traditionen: Maerchen deutscher Autorinnen vor den Bruedern Grimm"
  • 2002 Glassman Award in the Social Sciences:   Takae Tsujioka (Ph.D. in Linguistics, 2001), "The Syntax of Possession in Japanese"
     
  • 2001 Glassman Award in the Sciences:   David Abdallah (Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2000), "Anisotropic Assemblies in Neat and Lyotropic Phases of Alkanes.  Alkanes with One Hetero- Atom, and Ammonium and Phosphonium Salts with One to Four Long N-Alkyl Chains"
     
  • 2001 Glassman Award in the Social Sciences:  El Houcine Haichour (Ph.D. in Linguistics, 2000), "A Corpus Linguistics Analysis of English and Arabic Parallel Business Discourse Domains"
     
  • 2000 Glassman Award in the Sciences:  Franz Geiger (Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1998), "Ice Surface Chemistry Relevant to Stratospheric Ozone Depletion"
     
  • 1999 Glassman Award in the Humanities:  Steven E. Phillips (Ph.D. in History, 1998 ) “Between Assimilation and Independence: The Taiwanese Elite Under Nationalist Chinese Rule, 1945-1950”
     
  • 1999 Glassman Award in the Social Sciences: Donna Van Cott (Ph.D. in Government, 1998),Constitution-making and Democratic Transformation: The Bolivian and Colombian Constitutional Reforms”
     
  • 1997 Glassman Award in the Social Sciences:  Haleh Vaziri (Ph.D. in Government, 1995), “The Islamic Republic and its Neighbors: Ideology and the National Interest in Iran’s Foreign Policy During the Khomeini Decade”
     
  • 1997 Glassman Award in the Natural Sciences:  Miroslav Rapta (Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1996), “Synthesis, Characterization, and X-Ray Structure of Iron and Copper Complexes With Ligands Containing Hisitdine-And Tyrosine-Like Residues as Models for Active Sites of Mononuclear and Dinuclear Centers of Metalloproteins”
     
  • 1997 Glassman Award in the Social Sciences:  Melanie Metzger (Ph.D. in Linguistics, 1995), “The Paradox of Neutrality: A Comparison of Interpreters’ Goals with the Reality of Interactive Discourse”

 

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