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 nomination period is now closed.

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:

  • 2018-19  Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering
  • 2019-20  Social Sciences and Education
  • 2020-21  Arts and Humanities
  • 2021-22  Biological and Health Sciences

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

Previous Winners

Year Winners
Dissertation Title
Laurie Rich Photoacoustic Imaging of Head and Neck Cancer: Preclinical Optimization and Clinical Translation
2016-17 Shosuke Kinugawa
Mark Twain's Secret Writings
2015-16 Alice Mitchell Linguistic Avoidance and Social Relations in Datooga