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UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

This Call is For: UF/IFAS Faculty

Submission Deadline: January 20, 2021

Click here for the awardees list.


Overview

The UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research is committed to recognizing the best thesis and best dissertation completed during each calendar year. This year, in addition to identifying overall best thesis and overall best dissertation, we will also identify best thesis and best dissertation in each of our major focus areas: (1) Agricultural, (2) Natural Resources, and (3) Human Systems.

Plaques will be presented to all winners as part of the UF/IFAS Florida Agricultural Experiment Station’s Annual Research Awards Ceremony held virtually in May 2021. Supervisory committee chairs will also be recognized with a plaque as part of the ceremony. Overall best thesis and overall best dissertation awardees will also receive cash awards ($1,500 Doctorate; $1,000 Master).

Eligibility

All theses and dissertations completed under majors granted in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are eligible (see attached). Each major listed by program is allowed to submit one nomination for 2020. The nominee’s supervisory chair or co-chair must have a tenure home in UF/IFAS.

Nomination Process

All nominations must be submitted through the following website by 5:00pm on Friday, January 22, 2021:

https://researchtools.ifas.ufl.edu/apps/graduateResearchAwards/. The information requested includes:

1)     Nomination form (online):

a. Nominee information (name, UF ID#, major, title, email and current mailing address)

b. Supervisory Committee Chair/Co-chair (name and email information)

c. Nominator (name and email information)

d. Primary focus area: (1) Agricultural, (2) Natural Resources, and (3) Human Systems

2)     Uploaded PDF files:

a. Letter of nomination

b. Thesis or dissertation

c. Supporting materials (e.g., statement by chair or departmental selection committee, or list of presentations, publications, or other outputs derived from the research)

Upon submission, all nominators will receive an immediate email confirmation.

Selection Process

Two committees will be established of three faculty members each to evaluate the nominations and select both overall and each program area’s best M.S. thesis and best Ph.D. dissertation based on the following criteria:

1) The quality of the thesis or dissertation presentation (i.e., organization, style, clarity, and writing).

2) The quality of the research (i.e., thoroughness, contribution to the field, importance, originality, depth, and scope).

The relative value of each of the criteria is the decision of the selection committee.

For More Information

If you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Damian Adams, Interim Associate Dean for Research, at dcadams@ufl.edu. For technical issues concerning the website, contact Brian Gray ( seven7@ufl.edu).


 

Best M.S. Thesis

Click here for the full list of Best Theses - M.S. in UF/IFAS from 1987-2019.

M.S. Thesis - Best in UF/IFAS

Major

Author

Title

Chair(s)

Animal Sciences Rizo, Jason Alberto Endometrial Response to Semen Components in the Bovine Bromfield , John 
Family Youth and Community Sciences Poincon, Liliane Rural Nonprofit Organizations in Haiti: Gender, Power and Perceived Benefits of Membership Swisher, Marilyn

M.S. Thesis - Best in Department/Major

Major

Author

Title

Chair(s)

Agricultural Education and Communication Urrets-Zavalia, Macarena Exploring Students’ Perceptions and Knowledge Gain in a Traditional Versus a Hybrid-Condensed Format in an Undergraduate Microbiology Laboratory Course Galindo, Sebastian
Agronomy Santos, Aline de Carmargo Effect of Histosol Depth and Soil Subsidence on Soil Nitrogen Dynamics and Nitrogen Uptake by Sugarcane in the Everglades Agricultural Area (1) McCray, Mabry
(2) Rowland, Diane
Animal Sciences Bolatti, Juan Manuel Determining the Optimal Feeding Strategy for Rumen-Protected Choline Supplementation to Holstein Dairy Cows Santos, Jose
Entomology and Nematology Johnalyn Gordon Colony-Age-Dependent Variation in Cuticular Hydrocarbon Profiles in Coptotermes Gestroi (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae) Thomas Chouvenc
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Schulz, Kailee Assessment of Coastal Habitat Restoration Using Fish Community Metrics and Juvenile Sportfish Condition (1) Patterson, Joshua
(2) Tuckett, Quenton
Food and Resource Economics He, Fei Risk and Profitability Analysis for Sustainable Agricultural Practices to Protect Water Resources Borisova, Tatiana
Food Science and Human Nutrition Bertoldi, Bruna Determining Water Quality in Florida Tomato Packinghouses and the Potential of Cross-Contamination in a Laboratory Scale Flume System Schneider, Keith
Forest Resources and Conservation Schmitz Bongiolo, Eduardo Evaluation of Swidden Fallow Potential to Increase Landscape-Level Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa) Productivity in Western Amazonia Kainer, Karen
Horticultural Sciences Salvatierra-Miranda, Juanpablo Physiological  and Horticultural Responses of Citrus to Colored Particle Films Vincent,Christopher 
Soil and Water Sciences Uthman, Qudus Oladimeji Fate and Transport of Boron, Manganese and Zinc in Citrus Grown on Florida Sandy Entisol (1) Kadyampakeni, Davie
(2) Nkedi-Kizza, Peter

Best Ph.D. Dissertations

Click here for the full list of Best Dissertations - Ph.D. in UF/IFAS from 1987-2019.

Ph.D. Dissertation - Best in UF/IFAS

Major

Author

Title

Chair(s)

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Dahl, Kristen Life History and Ecology of Invasive Lionfish Populations in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Impacts to Native Reef Fish Communities and Their Potential Mitigation Patterson, William

Ph.D. Dissertation - Best in Department/Major

Major

Author

Title

Chair(s)

Agricultural Education and Communication Sledd, Valerie, McKee An Examination of Problem Solving in Florida Family Farms (1) Galindo, Sebastian
(2) Carter, Hannah
Agronomy Jani, Arun Summer Legume Cash and Cover Crop Nitrogen Contributions in Conservation Tillage Cropping Systems (1) Mulvaney, Michael
(2) Erickson, John
Entomology and Nematology McGregor, Bethany Ecology of Culicoides Biting Midges and Their Role as Vectors of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus on Florida Big Game Preserves Burkett-Cadena, Nathan
Food and Resource Economics Zhang, Xumin Three Essays on Investigating Homeowners'' Preferences for Environmentally Friendly Residential Landscapes (1) Khachatryan, Hayk
(2) House, Lisa
Food Science and Human Nutrition Feng, Shi Applications of Flavor Techniques to Improve Citrus Fruit Flavor Quality in the HLB Era Wang, Yu
Forest Resources and Conservation Hyde, Jacy Environmental Impacts of Transmission Lines and Open Data Standards for Infrastructure Projects in the Brazilian Amazon (1) Valle, Denis
(2) Bohlman, Stephanie
Horticultural Sciences Dash, Prosanta Kumar  Addressing Strawberry Production Constraints in Florida and Bangladesh  (1) Chase, Carlene
(2) Agehara, Shinsuke
Microbiology and Cell Science Hui, Winnie A Promising Potential Cell-Free Vaccine: The Role of  Exosomes in Immune Regulation Against Salmonella Typhimurium 
 
Edelmann, Mariola
Nutritional Sciences Rodrigues, Camila The Effect of Sulfur-Containing Compounds and Hydrogen Sulfide in the Modulation of the Immune Response Percival, Susan
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Sun, Yongduo Exploring and Exploiting Host Immune Responses to Defend Plants Against Citrus Tristeza Virus Folimonova, Svetlana
Soil and Water Sciences Friedrichsen, Claire Identifying Communication Barriers to Successful Implementation of Soil and Water Technology for Improving Food Security Daroub, Samira
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Picardi, Simona Movement Ecology of Wood Storks in the Southeastern U.S. (1) Basille, Mathieu
(2) Frederick, Peter