NAGS Award Announcement

The Executive Committee of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools is pleased to announce the recipients of a number of awards presented at the annual meeting hosted virtually this year by the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), live from Québec City, Canada on April 27 and April 28, 2022.

NAGS Dissertation Award: Dr. Amir Hooshiar, Concordia University

NAGS/Proquest Master’s Thesis Award: Mr. Zhikun Chen, Concordia University

Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award: Dr. Elaine M. Bukowiecki, Bridgewater State University

NAGS Graduate Teaching Award (doctoral-level): Dr. Philip S. S. Howard, McGill University

NAGS Graduate Teaching Award (master’s-level): Dr. David Hoekstra II, University of Buffalo

Three Minute Thesis Competition:

A total of 31 American and Canadian institutional members of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS), sent a finalist to this NAGS regional final. This participation record shows the growing importance of this competition throughout North America. Sponsored by ProQuest (part of Clarivate), the event was opened by Danielle McCann, Minister of Higher Education, Québec and by Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Chief Executive Officer from INRS.

The competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by students. Developed by The University of Queensland, 3MT cultivates students’ research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, at a level appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

A jury of representatives from all participating institutions was in charge of determining the winner and runner-up. With a number of very interesting topics and performances, the choice was hard to make. The first prize of $500 has been awarded to Emiliano Gutierrez-Popoca, a PhD in English from Brandeis University, Massachusetts. His presentation on Master-Servant Relations in Early Modern Drama has been considered the most comprehensive, engaged and well delivered.

The second place and the prize of $200 has been granted to Matthew Ellis from Yale University, Connecticut. PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Mr. Ellis also made a wonderful performance on the following topic: Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Cardiovascular Disease.

Both the first place and the second place winners will represent NAGS at the Council of Graduate Schools final that should be held in December 2022.

Sathya Jagadeesan from the University of New Hampshire, PhD in Chemical Engineering was the People’s choice for his presentation on Storing Green Energy in Rust. He received a $300 award.

Congratulations to all award recipients!