Faculty and university leadership selected Benjamin Noble, a fifth-year graduate student in political science, as the winner of the inaugural Dean’s Award for Graduate Research Excellence. Six additional graduate students were recognized as finalists and an additional six graduate students were recognized as semifinalists.
Earlier this month, finalists for the inaugural Dean’s Award for Graduate Research Excellence had the opportunity to present their work to faculty and university leadership, including members of the Arts & Sciences National Council. After rounds of lightning talks, the council selected Benjamin Noble, a fifth-year doctoral student in political science, as the overall winner of the prize.
Sophia Hayes, vice dean of graduate education and professor of chemistry, sees the new award as a chance to celebrate “learning at the edge of what is known.” Departments and programs across Arts & Sciences nominated up to two graduate students each for the award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in research or creative practice that occurred within the past two years.“In graduate programs we produce works of the imagination — books, poetry, cutting-edge scientific discoveries — which are lasting testaments to our distinctly human capacity for creativity,” Hayes said at the award selection event and celebration. She also made a point of recognizing graduate advisers, who play significant roles in guiding students’ research and professional development.
Congratulations to PhD candidate Garrett King! He is a semi-finalist for the Dean's Award for Graduate Research Excellence for 2022.