LAWRENCE — During two recent ceremonies, the University of Kansas Office of Graduate Studies recognized graduates, faculty and staff for their accomplishments.
Two doctoral graduates received a 2017 Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award at the doctoral hooding ceremony May 13. They were presented the prize for outstanding doctoral dissertations. Renee Harris, doctoral graduate in English, was celebrated for her research on the cultural basis of readers’ emotional relationship to literature. Rachel Bowes, doctoral graduate in ecology and evolutionary biology, was recognized for her study of food webs in aquatic systems, portions of which have been published in the prestigious journal Nature.
More than 250 doctoral students were awarded degrees at the hooding ceremony. Also at the event, in anticipation of Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little's retirement in July, Dean of Graduate Studies Michael C. Roberts honored the chancellor for her service to KU and commended her for leading “with great distinction, demonstrating competence, skill, and finesse,” while displaying “an exceptional commitment to graduate education.”
At the Graduate Awards Ceremony on April 20, the 2017 Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award was presented to Mabel Rice, the Fred and Virginia Merrill Distinguished Professor of Advanced Studies and Director of the child language doctoral program. The 2017 Outstanding Graduate Support Staff Award was presented to Jammie Johnson, graduate advisor and administrative assistant in the graduate program of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The ceremony included the presentation of other graduate student, staff and faculty awards. These included the Graduate Research Competition awards, Graduate Teaching Assistant awards, the Distinguished Service award, and the Truman Good Neighbor Awards. Graduate students with KU and NSF fellowships were also honored at the event. A list of awardees is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.