2010 Awards

The Office of Graduate Studies congratulates recipients of the 2010 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.

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 recipient is Kurt Knecht. Knecht completed his doctorate in music under Dr. Tyler White. His dissertation is titled, "Missa Prolationem." Knecht is from Tampa, Florida.

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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.

Carina McCormick is the 2010 recipient. McCormick earned her master's in educational psychology under Dr. Kurt Geisinger. McCormick's thesis is titled "The Potential for Interrater Reliability Inflation with Tertium Quid Rater Adjudication: A Simulation." McCormick is from Omaha, Nebraska.

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Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education

The Dean's Award for 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.

Timothy Carr and Wonyoung Choe are the 2010 recipients of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education.

Carr is a professor in nutrition and health sciences. He has published multiple papers with students, 21 of them as first authors. He has served as supervisory committee chair for seven doctoral students, 16 masters students, served on 57 doctoral and masters advisory committees and supervised 18 undergraduate research students. Some of the awards his students have received include the Widaman Trust Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award, the CEHS Outstanding Scholarly Activity by a Masters Recipient Award, and the ARD Larrick Graduate Student Travel Award.

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Choe is an assistant professor in Chemistry. He has been the supervisory committee chair of six doctoral students, served on 27 doctoral and masters advisory committees, ten undergraduate UCARE students, and one McNair Scholar now at USC medical school. Some of the awards his students have received include the Folsom Distinguished Master's Thesis Award, travel awards and fellowships from the American Chemical Society and the American Crystallography Association; and two recent recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Poster Award.

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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 2010 recipients are Saadia Bihmidine and Julie Iromuanya.

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Bihmidine of Tafraout, Morocco, is a doctoral student in natural resource sciences and is a teaching assistant under the supervision of Tala Awada.

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Iromuanya of Lincoln, Nebraska, is a doctoral student in English and is a teaching assistant under the supervision of Jonis Agee.

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 recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Awards are Samuel Saunders and Katie Walsh.

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Saunders of Richmond, Virginia, is a doctoral student in Civil Engineering and is working as a research assistant under the supervision of Shannon Bartelt-Hunt.

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Walsh of Benton, Maine, is a doctoral student in Psychology and is working as a research assistant in David DiLillo's Family Violence and Injury Lab.