At the ceremony, four graduates were presented with the Elizabeth V. Stout Dissertation Award, which recognizes doctoral dissertations that were judged to have made unusually significant and original contributions in their fields. The award was endowed by the late Robert Stout, former dean of the graduate school and professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, in memory of his wife.
This year’s recipients were:
- Sean Edward Pidgeon, who received a Ph.D. in chemistry, for “Bacterial Cell Surfaces: Exploiting Metabolic Pathways for Fundamental Understanding of Antibiotic Resistance and Growth.”
- Bita Fayaz Farkhad, who received a Ph.D. in economics, for “How Welfare Programs Affect Participants’ Healthcare and Labor Market Outcomes.”
- Netta Admoni, who received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, for “Maternal Sensitivity and Patterns of Infant Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and Infant Distress in Response to Maternal Engagement and Disengagement.”
- Lam Minh Nguyen, who received a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering, for “A Service System with On-Demand Agents, Stochastic Gradient Algorithms and the SARAH Algorithm.”
Also, Irmak Olcaysoy Okten, who received a Ph.D. in psychology, was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Dissertation Award. The dissertation was titled “Updating Spontaneous Trait Inferences: An Analysis of Memory Reconsolidation as a Mechanism of Changing First Impressions.”