2008 Awards

The Office of Graduate Studies congratulates recipients of the 2008 Folsom Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis awards, the Graduate Teaching and Research awards, and the Excellence in Graduate Education awards. See also: Awardees from other years.

2008 Lowe R. & Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

Funded by the Folsom family through the University of Nebraska Foundation, this award recognizes and rewards distinguished scholarship and research at the doctoral level. Nominated dissertations represent original work making an extraordinarily significant contribution to the discipline.

This year's recipients are Thomas Miller (not pictured) and Christine Stewart-Nunez.

Miller completed his doctorate in biological sciences under Professor Svata Louda. His dissertation is titled "Interactions between Cacti and Cactus-Feeding Insects: Causes and Consequences of Variation." Miller is from Staten Island, N.Y.

Stewart-Nunez completed her doctorate in English under professors Hilda Raz and Barbara DiBernard. Her dissertation is titled "Syllables Rising." Stewart-Nunez is from Des Moines, Iowa.

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2008 Lowe R. & Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Masters Thesis Award

Funded by the Folsom family through the University of Nebraska Foundation, this award recognizes and rewards distinguished scholarship and research at the master's level.

Jennifer Huebner is the 2008 recipient. Huebner received her master's in food science and technology under Professor Robert Hutkins. Huebner's thesis is "Functional Activity and Stability of Commercial Prebiotics." She is from North Platte.

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2008 Excellence in Graduate Education Award

The Excellence in Graduate Education Award honors faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate mentoring have made a significant contribution to graduate education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Azzeddine Azzam, Jordin Soliz and Mark Wilson are the recipients of the Excellence in Graduate Education Award.

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Azzam is a professor in agricultural economics. He mentors four graduate students and has guided 23 theses and dissertations.

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Soliz is an assistant professor in communication studies. He is on seven doctoral student committees.

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Wilson is an assistant professor in biochemistry. He is serves on eight doctoral student committees, and mentors 10 students at the doctoral, master's and undergraduate levels.

2008 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

The Office of Graduate Studies recognizes the valuable role that graduate teaching assistants play in enhancing undergraduate learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award honors graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated special effectiveness in teaching undergraduates in a variety of settings.

The 2008 recipients are Neal Bryan, Martha Gregg and Ezra Zeitler.

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Bryan, of Tooele, Utah, is a doctoral student in agronomy and has been a teaching assistant under the supervision of Walter Schacht and Tala Awada.

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Gregg, of Baltimore, Md., is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in mathematics under the supervision of David Pitts.

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Zeitler, of Rosiere, Wis., is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in geography under the supervision of David Wishart.

2008 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award

This award recognizes the excellent quality of research carried out by UNL graduate students and is given based on the student's on-going outstanding contribution to research, future promise as a researcher, and on the originality, imagination, and significance of their research or creative activity.

The recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award is Tina Koeppe. Koeppe, of Lincoln, received her master's degree in textiles, clothing and design after working as a research assistant under the supervision of Barbara Trout.

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