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Alumni Association Dissertation Award

The Alumni Association Dissertation Award provides funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctor of philosophy students who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval of the dissertation topic. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment.

Nominations are solicited from doctoral programs at Penn State and are forwarded to a selection committee. From the pool of qualified nominations, a minimum of two awards of $5,000 are made for each of the following categories: Fine Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences - Applied and Basic; Physical and Computational Sciences - Applied and Basic; Life and Health Sciences; and Engineering. Funds for this award do not replace existing college or departmental support and are disbursed directly into the recipients' accounts.

To be eligible, students must have completed all course work and language requirements, must be registered for SUBJ 601 or nine credits and be within their final year of study.

The following form is available in Adobe PDF and accessible Microsoft Word (DOC) format. The accessible Word document is designed to be used specifically with screen reader technology. Please use the PDF version of this form unless you require the use of screen reader technology.

Alumni Association Dissertation Award (PDF) | (DOC)

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration.

2014 Alumni Association Dissertation Award Winners


  • Yanhui Zhao (Engineering Science and Mechanics, College of Engineering)
  • Md Tarekul Alam (Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering)

Fine Arts and Humanities

  • Pierette M. Kulpa (Art History, College of Arts and Architecture)
  • Sophia G. Khadraoui (French, College of the Liberal Arts)

Life and Health Sciences

  • Lindsey N. Swierk (Ecology, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program)
  • Xiaowei W. Su (Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine)
  • Katherine A. Sauder (Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development)
  • Chun Kit Kwok (Chemistry, Eberly College of Science)

Physical and Computational Sciences

  • Shan Gao (Physics, Eberly College of Science)
  • Scott T. Salesky (Meteorology, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

Social Sciences - Applied and Basic

  • Kristal L. Jones  (Rural Sociology, College of Agricultural Sciences)
  • Matthew C. Wilson (Political Science, College of the Liberal Arts)
  • Daniel T. Ragan (Sociology, College of the Liberal Arts)

Previous recipients:

2008-2013 Alumni Association Dissertation Award Winners

2002-2007 Alumni Association Disseration Award Winners


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