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Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award Program

The Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award honors a truly outstanding dissertation researched and written by a UB doctoral student who has received a PhD within the past five years.

The winner of the Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award is determined via a nomination and selection process that occurs during the fall semester of each academic year. The Graduate School also submits the winner of the award as UB's sole allowable nominee for that academic year's Doctoral Dissertation Award which is administered by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) every spring.

The 2016-2017 (Arts and Humanities) nomination period is currently closed.

2016-2017 Winner

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Graduate School's Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award for 2016-2017 is Dr. Shosuke Kinugawa for his dissertation "Mark Twain's Secret Writings." Dr. Kinugawa received his PhD from UB in June 2016 and is currently an assistant professor at the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Japan. The Graduate School is proud to honor Dr. Shosuke Kinugawa for his extraordinary work.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award an individual must have received a PhD from UB within the past five years in a designated subject area. Nominations are invited from among four broad subject areas over a four-year period according to the following schedule:

2016-2017  Arts and Humanities
2017-2018  Biological and Health Sciences
2018-2019  Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering
2019-2020  Social Sciences and Education

Students who have not yet received a PhD from UB are not eligible for this award.

Previous Winners


Dr. Alice Mitchell, Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral fellow, University of Hamburg, Germany
UB PhD, September 2015
Dissertation title: "Linguistic Avoidance and Social Relations in Datooga"