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Alumni Association Dissertation Award

General Information

The Alumni Association Dissertation Award provides funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval of the dissertation topic, or to M.F.A. students in their final year. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment.


To be considered for this award, a graduate student must meet the following criteria:

  • completed all course work and language requirements;
  • completed the comprehensive examination;
  • received approval of the dissertation topic;
  • be registered for subj. 601 or nine credits (E.Ed. or M.F.A. students);
  • be within their final year of study.

Past Winners

Year Recipient Department
2014 Sophia G. Khadraoui French and Francophone Studies
Daniel T. Ragan Sociology
Matthew C. Wilson Political Science
2013 William Bryan History
Sara Marziolo Comparative Literature
Christopher Percival Anthropology
2012 Joseph Beeney Psychology
Stephen Merino Sociology
Jason Strandquist History
2011 Ersula Ore English

Robert Franklin Psychology
2010 Jonathan Greer History

Matthew Hall Sociology

Julianna Pacheco Political Science
2009 Jessica Suzanne Hayes-Conroy Women's Studies

Ashley Marshall English

Sonja Siennick Sociology
2008 Susan Bobb Psychology

Nathan Paul Devir Comparative Literature
2007 Jennifer Biedendorf Communciation Arts and Science

David Egan Political Science

Ben Feldmeyer Sociology
2006 Timothy Arner English

Amanda Dawson Psychology

Adetty R. Pirez de Miles Women's Studies
2005 Valentina Cesco History

Holly Dunsworth Anthropology

For faculty research and service awards

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For faculty teaching awards, advising awards, and undergraduate awards

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For graduate awards

Contact Keshia Kennelley,, 865-1439

For staff awards

Contact Sean Moeller,, 863-8426

For faculty outreach awards

Contact Avis Kunz,, 863-5965

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