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Dissertation Awards Program Recognizes A&H Doctoral Student Sumathi Ramanath


From left: Julie Schneider MS’13, PhD’18; Sumathi Ramanath BA'05, MA’08, PhD’18; and Shaivya Verma MA’16, PhD’18 recently received best dissertation awards at an event sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.

From left: Julie Schneider MS’13, PhD’18; Sumathi Ramanath BA’05, MA’08, PhD’18; and Shaivya Verma MA’16, PhD’18 recently received best dissertation awards at an event sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.

The Office of Graduate Studies at UT Dallas honored six doctoral students for writing the best dissertations in their respective schools. The 2018 Best Dissertation Awards were presented as part of an April reception celebrating excellence in graduate education.

To be considered for the best dissertation award, the paper must have been completed in the past 12 months. Faculty committees in six of the University’s schools chose the best dissertation. The winning students have all completed their doctoral degrees.

“The doctoral dissertation is an original, substantial piece of creative research that represents a lot of hard work,” said Dr. Marion Underwood, dean of graduate studies and Ashbel Smith Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. “The students that we honored represented the best of the best.”

This year’s recipients included Sumathi Ramanath, BA’05, MA’08, PhD’18, School of Arts and Humanities (Humanities – History of Ideas), Title: “Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science: Mahendralal Sircar and His Science, Morality, and Nationalism”, Research Mentor: Dr. Pamela Gossin.

Read the entire story on the UT Dallas News Center.