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Distinguished Research and Scholarship recognized

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Each year, The Graduate School at UND recognizes the outstanding achievements of three students. These are students who have excelled in a doctoral, masters and creative field. About 60 friends, families and faculty gathered at the North Dakota Museum of Art last Friday for the awards ceremony presented by Graduate Dean, Joseph Benoit.

The process of selection takes about 9 months beginning with nominations by the faculty. Departments may send one nomination by either a Masters or Doctoral student whom they regard to be the best in their program. The students graduated in the previous academic year. The nominations are distributed to emeritus faculty who are chosen according to their ability to provide expertise and feedback to The Graduate School. The final selection is sent to our Graduate Committee.

The exceptional quality of dissertations, theses and exhibits made the final awards very difficult, but ultimately three were chosen. Our winners received a check and an etched crystal book award.

Distinguished Dissertation: “Functional Regulartion of the Transient Receptor Potential Canonical 1 by Caveolin 1 and Stromal Interaction Molecule 1“, Biswaranjan Pani Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Faculty Advisory Committee: Dr Brij Singh, Dr Siegfried Detke, Dr Colin Combs, Dr James Foster and Dr John Watt.

Distinguished Thesis: “In Grain“, Lisa Linrud M.A., Department of English.
Faculty Advisory Committee: Dr Heidi Czerwiec, Dr Sherry O’Donnell, Dr Michael Beard

Distinguished Creative Exhibition: “(un)Natural“, Matthew Anderson M.F.A., Department of Art and Design.
Faculty Advisory Committee: Patrick Luber, Kim Fink, Anita Monsebroten.

Matthew Anderson's "Adaptation"

"Adaptation" by Matthew Anderson

Dr Pani is continuing his research at UND with a Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Lisa Linrud collection of poems is in publication and will be available in a few short weeks. (Watch this space… we will post a link to her book very soon.)

And Matt Anderson was given an additional surprise at the awards ceremony with the presentation of his exhibition catalog that was expedited for the occasion. Here are a few photos from the day. We have also put more into our 2011 DDTCE album over on Picasa.

Dr Biswaranjan Pani shares his research in his Distinguished Dissertation

Dr Biswaranjan Pani shares his research in his Distinguished Dissertation

Dean Benoit presenting the Distinguished Creative Exhibition award to Matt Anderson

Dean Benoit presenting the Distinguished Creative Exhibition award to Matt Anderson

Lisa, Biswaranjan and Matthew with Dean Joseph Benoit

Lisa Linrud accepting her award for Distinguished Thesis

Lisa Linrud accepting her award for Distinguished Thesis

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Written by School of Graduate Studies

May 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

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