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2021 Distinguished Dissertation and Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award Winners

July 8, 2021

The Graduate School is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Distinguished Dissertation and Outstanding Master’s Thesis awards. The recipients, nominated by their respective schools and selected by a faculty committee, have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and made significant contributions to their field of study. They exemplify the ambition, innovation, and excellence that make graduate education at VCU so distinct. The 2021 winners are as follows:

Distinguished Dissertation

Humanities & Fine Arts: Stephanie Lau, L. Douglas Wilder School

Life Sciences: Sana Hosseini, College of Engineering

Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering: Sarah Minucci, College of Humanities & Sciences

Social Sciences, Business, and Education: Portia Newman, School of Education 

Outstanding Master's Thesis

Humanities & Fine Arts: David Hayter, College of Humanities & Sciences

Life Sciences: Rawan Fayyad, School of Pharmacy

Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering: Eric Schoen, College of Humanities & Sciences

Social Sciences, Business, and Education: Danyel Smith, College of Humanities & Sciences

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