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Graduate School Honors Students’ Thesis and Dissertations


Texas Tech University's Graduate School recognized work displayed in students' thesis and dissertations for the annual 2019 awards, funded by the Helen Jones Foundation.

The first-place dissertation award winners are submitted to the Council of Graduate School's annual CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition, which honors the dissertations that represent original work and significant contributions to the discipline being considered for the year. Students were nominated by their faculty representatives.

Biology and Life Sciences

  • 1st place master's thesis – Jasmine Neupane - Department of Plant and Soil Science
    Cotton yield variability in relation to irrigation rates, soil physical properties and topography 
    Major Advisor: Dr. Wenxuan Guo
  • 2nd place master's thesis – Kendall BlanchardDepartment of Environmental Toxicology
    Regional Surveillance and Seasonal Variation of Eyeworm (Oxyspirura petrowi) and Caecal Worm (Aulonocephalus pennula) Infection in Northern Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus) of Rolling Plains, TX
    Major Advisor: Dr. Ron Kendall
  • 1st place doctoral dissertation – Dr. Kembra Albracht-Schulte - Department of Nutritional Sciences
    Hepatoprotective Mechanisms of Eicosapentaenoic Acid in High-Fat Fed Mice and Identification of Biomarkers for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Humans
    Major Advisor: Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa
  • 2nd place doctoral dissertation – Dr. Vimal Kumar Balasubramian - Department of Plant and Soil Science
    Understanding the Genetic factors involved in Cell wall biosynthesis and Biomass production 
    Major Advisor: Dr. Venugopal Mendu

Humanities and Fine Arts

  • 1st place master's thesis – Heather TurbevilleDepartment of History
    Spices, the East India Company, and the Origins of Anti-Dutch Sentiment in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
    Major Advisor: Dr. Abigail Swingen
  • 2nd place master's thesis – Christen ConnollySchool of Theater and Dance
    Efficacy of the Outsider: Playback Theatre for Social Change
    Major Advisor: Dr. William Gelber
  • 1st place doctoral dissertation – Dr. Candice HolleySchool of Music
    Marian Devotion in Music: Three Settings of the Ave Maris Stella by Selected Composers at the Santissima Annunziata, Florence (1700-1900 A.D.)
    Major Advisor: Dr. Angela Mariani Smith
  • 2nd place doctoral dissertation – Dr. Brian LarsenDepartment of English
    Pilotage: Poems
    Major Advisor: Dr. William Wenthe

The Graduate School recognizes thesis and dissertations of mathematics, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences in even numbered years, and biological life sciences, humanities and fine arts in odd years.