CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE AT UNI

Even with the challenge of remote learning, teaching, and meetings to finish out the 2019-2020 Academic year, the faculty and students at the University of Northern Iowa have continued to work hard and dedicate themselves to innovative research and education. Though we can't shake hands and greet each other in person, the Graduate College would like to take a moment to celebrate excellence in graduate education at UNI.  Congratulations to our award winners.

Student presenting research
Student presenting research
Student presenting research

GRADUATE ASSISTANT FIRST AWARDS

This award recognizes Graduate Assistants who excel in commitment, initiative, and engagement in their program and at UNI. Supervisors are encouraged to nominate Graduate Assistants who demonstrate consistent abilities to overcome obstacles, show optimism, coordinate work, and embody high standards throughout their time at UNI.

OUTSTANDING FACULTY AWARDS

Outstanding Faculty Awards are granted to graduate faculty. There are three Outstanding Faculty Awards: the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, and the James F. Lubker Faculty Research Award.​

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OUTSTANDING STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS

The Outstanding Research Awards are granted to student projects in four categories: Doctoral Dissertation, Master's Research Paper, Master's Thesis, and Creative Master's Thesis. The projects that receive Outstanding Research Awards demonstrate high-quality writing and research as well as offering important implications for future study.

Outstanding Dissertation Award

FIRST PLACE: DR. BELINDA CREIGHTON-SMITH

Entitled: A study to explore linkages between reports of institutional racial oppression, internalized racial oppression, and self-efficacy in African American youth in predominately white colleges and universities (PWIS)

Program: Department of Health, Recreation, and Human Services

Advisor: Dr. Christopher R. Edginton

 

SECOND PLACE: DR. ROBERT GRIFFIN

Entitled: Grading and equity: Inflation/deflation based on race, gender, socio-economic and disability statuses when homework and employability scores are included

Program: Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies

Advisors: Dr. Timothy Gilson

 

Outstanding Master's Research Paper Award

FIRST PLACE: JULIA LOGAN

Entitled: Clinical Outcomes of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Children without Concurrent Orthodontia

Program: Speech Pathology

Advisor: ​Dr. Laura Pitts

 

SECOND PLACE: JOSE SALINAS HERRERA

Entitled: “De Vos a Tú: Acomodación lingüística y actitudes lingüísticas en estudiantes internacionales de Centroamérica en los Estados Unidos”

Program: Department of Languages and Literatures

Advisor: Dr. Elise DuBord

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

FIRST PLACE: YIYI ZHANG

Entitled: Evaluating livelihood vulnerability of farming communities to winter storms in Iowa

Program: Geography

Advisor: Dr. Bingqing Liang

 

SECOND PLACE: SYDNEY CINDRICH

Entitled: Through their eyes: Exploring the relationship between college females' body perceptions and recreation center messaging

Program: Kinesiology

Advisors: ​Dr. Kimberly Hurley

 

Outstanding Creative Master's Thesis Award

FIRST PLACE: SETH THILL

Entitled: Stained glass, synthetic web: The simultaneous rise and fall of something person

Program: Creative Writing

Advisor: Dr. Jeremy Schraffenberger