Five outstanding graduate students received the College of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence during the Student Research Week Breakfast.

The awards honor graduate student excellence in academic achievement, teaching, research, leadership and community service. Each of the winners received a $1,000 prize.

The following Graduate Students received Awards for Excellence honors:

Outstanding Dissertation

Franklyn J. Quinlan, Optics PhD

“Low Noise, High Repetition Rate Semiconductor-Based Mode-Locked Lasers for Signal Processing Coherent Communications”

Innovative Thesis or Dissertation

David G. Grant, Education Ph.D., Exceptional Education Track

“Listening to Student Voices: Web-based Mentoring for Black Male Students with Emotional Disorders”

Outstanding Master’s Thesis

Kelle Groom, English, Creative Writing Track MFA

“Five Kingdoms” (a collection of poems)

Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant

Melinda Donnelly, Conservation Biology, Ph.D., Applied Conservation Biology Track

Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching

Sanwon Lee, Business Administration, Ph.D., Marketing Track

Student applications or nominations are submitted at the college level and judged on the criteria set by the Graduate Council Awards Committee. The winner for each college is then submitted to the College of Graduate Studies for consideration for the university-level award. The criteria for each of the awards is available on the Graduate website.