University of Northern Iowa Graduate College presents awards

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

David Walker, associate dean, UNI Graduate College, (319) 273-2748
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College recently presented awards to graduate students and a member of the graduate faculty. Awards were presented for outstanding doctoral dissertation, outstanding master's thesis, outstanding master's research paper and outstanding graduate faculty teaching.

David Walker, associate dean of the Graduate College, said the awards are intended to honor outstanding scholarship by UNI graduate students, and to provide increased visibility for UNI graduate programs.

The awardees were selected from nominees who earned their master's or doctoral degrees in December 2003, May 2004 or July 2004. A committee of graduate faculty members evaluated nominations in each category for clarity, scholarship, methodology, creativity, significance and contribution to the field of study.

The Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, a plaque and a check for $200, was presented to Joseph Kwesi Ogah of Floyd, a curriculum and instruction major, for his 'Predicting Ghanain Pre-Service Teachers' Intention to Teach High-Risk Sexual Behavior Prevention From Teaching Efficacy and Prevention Approach.' Sue Joslyn, professor of health promotion and education, was his adviser.

First place for Outstanding Master's Thesis was awarded to Jerry G. Cullum, a psychology major from Laramie, Wyo., who received $200 and a plaque for 'Culture from Chaos: The Formation of Social Norms From the Dynamic Self-Organization of Individuals' Attitudes.' Helen Harton, associate professor of psychology, was his adviser.

Receiving second place in this category, a plaque and $100, was James Harken, a geography major from Takoma Park, Md. His thesis was titled 'Mapping Wetlands and Potential Wetland Restoration Areas in Black Hawk County, Iowa Using Object-orientation Classification and a GIS-Based Model.' Ramanathan Sugumaran, assistant professor of geography, was his adviser.

The third-place thesis, 'Modeling and Measuring the Dispersion of Odors from Hog Confinements,' earned a plaque and $50 for Francois Bera, an environmental science major from France. Alan Czarnetzki, professor of earth science, was the thesis adviser.

Brianne Waychoff, a women's studies major from Chicago, received a plaque and $200 for her Outstanding Creative Master's Thesis, 'Hysteria in My Performing Body.' Her adviser was Jeffery Byrd, professor of art.

First place for Outstanding Master's Research Paper, a plaque and $200, was presented to Shishonee Hughes, a science education major from Coralville, for 'At-Risk Students: Will Scientific Inquiry Lead to Meaningful Learning?'

Second place, $100 and a plaque, went to Amber Lee Munson of Cedar Rapids, a geography major, for 'Reviving the CRANDIC: Is There Interest in Reviving Passenger Rail Service on the CRANDIC Route Between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa?'

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award went to Samuel L. Gladden, associate professor of English. Gladden was presented a plaque and up to $500 in support of his graduate student teaching. Outstanding graduate teaching includes commitment to academic excellence; attention to individual student needs, interests and development; and consideration of classroom teaching in graduate level courses.