2011 Awards

The Office of Graduate Studies congratulates recipients of the 2011 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 Nan Shao. Shao completed her doctorate in chemistry under Dr. Xiao Cheng Zeng. Her dissertation is titled, "Computational Studies of Clusters." Shao is from Hefei, Anhui, China.

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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.

Natalie Koziol is the 2011 recipient. Koziol earned her master's in educational psychology under Dr. James Bovaird. Koziol's thesis is titled, "Evaluating Measurement Invariance with Censored Ordinal Data: A Monte Carlo Comparison of Alternative Model Estimators and Scales of Measurement." Koziol is from Lincoln, 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.

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt and Carolyn Pope Edwards are the 2011 recipients of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education.

Bartelt-Hunt is an assistant professor in civil engineering. She has supported and advised four students who received their MS in either civil or environmental engineering, currently supports and advises five doctoral students and one masters degree student in the department of civil engineering. In addition to her own students, she has served as a committee member for nine other masters degree students and one PhD student in discipline areas including civil and environmental engineering, toxicology, and natural resources.

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Edwards is a professor in psychology. She has graduated nine PhD students, five from the college of education and human sciences, four from psychology, with eight more in process; and six masters students, one more in process. She has co-authored 24 refereed articles, 12 refereed book chapters, and seven other reports and publications with present or former UNL graduate students, and 53 refereed presentations at national or international meetings of professional associations. Six of her UNL PhDs hold academic jobs, and the other three hold managerial positions in state government or private foundations.

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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 2011 recipients are Courtney Gibbons, Sarah Steimel, and Adam Thompson.

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Gibbons, of Woodbridge, Connecticut, is a doctoral student in mathematics and is a teaching assistant under the supervision of professor Roger Wiegand.

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Steimel, of Arlington, Texas, is a doctoral student in communication studies and is a teaching assistant under the supervision of professor Kathleen Krone.

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Thompson, of Indianapolis, Indiana, is a doctoral student in philosophy and is a teaching assistant under the supervision of professor Mark van Roojen.

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 2011 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Awards are Alicia Klanecky, Xi He, and David Peterson.

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Klanecky, of Ord, Nebraska, is a doctoral student in psychology and is working as a research assistant with assistant professor Dennis McChargue.

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He, of Chongqing, China, is a doctoral student in physics and is working as a research assistant with associate professor Christian Binek.

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Peterson, of Schererville, Indiana, is a doctoral student in earth and atmospheric sciences with assistant professor Jun Wang.