UW Graduate School

Dissertation and Thesis Awards

Information about the 2021 thesis and dissertation awards will be available March 2021. In the interim, please email graddean@uw.edu if you have any questions.

Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to recognize the following recipients of the Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards, which recognize outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral and master’s levels.

2020

Dissertation

  • Biological Sciences – Lexi Walls, Biochemistry:  “Understanding coronavirus fusion through structure”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – Lin Hongxuan, History:  “Ummah Yet Proletariat: Islam and Marxism in the Netherlands East Indies and Indonesia, 1915–1959”
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering – Daniel Lee, Molecular Engineering:  “Synthesis of novel backbone functional polymers”
  • Social Sciences – Ashley Ruba, Psychology: “The Development of Emotion Understanding in Infancy”

Thesis

  • Biological & Life Sciences – Charlton Callender, Public Health: “U.S. national, state and county-level trends in fertility and maternal mortality from 1980-2014”
  • Social Sciences – Charles Kiene, Communication: “Challenges and Adaptations to Technological Change in Online Communities”
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering – N/A
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – N/A

2019

Dissertation

  • Biological Sciences – Jason Miklas, Bioengineering:  “The role of metabolism in cardiomyocyte maturation, disease and regeneration”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – Michael Aguirre, History:  “The wages of borders: Political economy, labor activism, and racial formation in the Imperial-Mexicali borderlands, 1937-1979”
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering – Brett Morris, Astronomy:  “The effects of stellar magnetic activity and variability on observations of exoplanets”
  • Social Sciences – Anissa Tanweer, Communications: “Data science of the social: How the practice is responding to ethical crisis and spreading across sectors”

Thesis

  • Biology & Life Sciences – Lily Alexander, Global Health: “Utilization of hospital-based second-trimester abortion in Mexico”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – N/A
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering – N/A
  • Social Sciences – Connor Gilroy, Sociology: “How distinct is gay neighborhood change? Patterns and variations in gayborhood trajectories”

2018

Dissertation

  • Biological Sciences – Aaron McKenna, Genome Sciences:  “Whole organism lineage tracing by combinatorial and cumulative genome editing”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – Quin’Nita Cobbins, History:  “Black Emeralds:  African American Women’s Political Activism and Leadership in Seattle, 1940-2000”
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering – Michael Barbour, Mechanical Engineering:  “Computational and Experimental Investigation into the Hemodynamics of Endovascularly Treated Cerebral Aneurysms”
  • Social Sciences – Allison Kelly, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, “Improving REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Programs”

Thesis

2017

Dissertation

Thesis

  • Biology & Life Sciences – Matthew M. Coates, Global Health:  “Quantifying Selection Bias from Birth History Estimates of Child Mortality
  • Humanities & Fine Arts –  N/A
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering – Jan Wittenbecher, Mechanical Engineering:  “Contributions to the Analysis and Design of Mechanical Systems for a Series Hybrid Chevrolet Camaro”
  • Social Sciences – Katherine K. O’Neill, Sociology:  “The Adolescent Empathy Paradox and Juvenile Offending:  Why Sex Differences in Empathic Ability Can Explain the Gender Gap in Juvenile Offending Behavior”

2016

Dissertation

  • Biology & Life Sciences – Kenneth Mugwanya, Epidemiology: “Safety of oral tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: prospective studies in HIV-uninfected men and women”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – Elizabeth Brown, English: “Pedagogies of US. Imperialism: Racial Education from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era”
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering – Nicola Dell, Computer Science & Engr: “Mobile Camera-Based Systems for Low-Resource Settings”
  • Social Sciences – Timothy Scharks, Public Policy & Governance:  “Threatening Messages in Climate Change Communication”

Thesis

  • Social Sciences – Yuan Hsiao, Sociology
  • Biological Sciences – Kelly Walters, Global Health

2015

Dissertation

  • Biology & Life Sciences:  Tracy Larson, Biology: “From Genetics to Behavior, the Dynamics and Mechanisms of Adult Neurogenesis in a Sensorimotor Circuit”
  • Humanities & Fine Arts:  n/a
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering:  Sarah Purkey, Oceanography:  “The Abyssal Ocean’s Contributions to the Global Energy and Sea Level Budgets Between the 1990s and 2000s”
  • Social Sciences:  Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Sociology:  “Effects of Prolonged and Timing-Specific Exposure to Neighborhood Disadvantage during Childhood and Adolescence on Health and Health Inequalities in Early Adulthood”

Thesis

  • Biology & Life Sciences:  n/a
  • Humanities & Fine Arts:  n/a
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering:  n/a
  • Social Sciences:  Nicole Ide, Public Health:  “Ascertaining Cause of Death in Dhulikhel, Nepal:  Medical records and Verbal Autopsy”

2014

Dissertation

  • Andrew Adey, Genome Sciences:  “Comprehensive, Precision Genomics”

Thesis

  • Elizabeth Anderson, Landscape Architecture:  “Deconstructing Hydrologies: Reviving the memory of water in Dumbarton Oaks Park”

2013

Dissertation

  • Saleema Amershi, Computer Science & Engineering:  “Designing for Effective End-User Interaction with Machine Learning”

Thesis

  • Dylan High, Museology:  “Ethnic Identity Formation in Adolescence:  Impact of Teen Programs in Museums”

2012

Dissertation (co-awardees)

  • Rene Heffron, Epidemiology: “Contraception, fertility planning and HIV-1 risk among African HIV-1 serodiscordant couples”
  • Jon Froehlich, Computer Science & Engineering:  “Sensing and Feedback of Everyday Activities to Promote Environmental Behaviors”

Thesis

  • Tavis Mulder, Comparative Literature:  “Terror and Totality: Realism in Juan José Saer’s Glosa

2011

Dissertation

  • Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith, Chemistry:  “Static and Dynamic Properties of Critical Fluctuations in Lipid Bilayers”

Thesis

  • Maria Grigoryeva, Sociology:  “Parenting, Child Disclosure, and Delinquency: A Structural Equation Panel Model.”

2010

Dissertation

  • Emily Walton, Sociology: “Exploring the Effects of Residential Segregation on Health Outcomes Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups”

Thesis

  • Jason Scullion, Forest Resources and Public Affairs:  “The Political Ecology of Payments of Ecosystem Services: A Case Study of Coatepec, Mexico”

2009

Dissertation

  • Jonathan Carlson, Computer Science & Engineering:  “Phylogenetic Dependency Networks:  Inferring Genetic Patterns of Adaptation in HIV”

Thesis

  • Yegor Malinovskiy, Civil & Environmental Engineering:  “Occlusion robust and environment insensitive algorithm for vehicle detection and tracking using surveillance video cameras”

2008

Dissertation

  • Mona Atia, Geography: “Building a House in Heaven:  Islamic Charity in Neoliberal Egypt”

Thesis

  • C. Pascal Clark, Electrical Engineering:  “Distortion-Free Coherent Modulation Filtering and Interpolation of Long Gaps in Acoustic Signals”