Graduate College selects dissertation prize winners

Based on their excellence in doctoral research, three University of Iowa graduate students have been recognized for having the best dissertation in their fields at the UI.

The Graduate College honors Emily Kroska and Greg Ongie with the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize and Arianna Rigon with the Rex Montgomery Dissertation Prize.

Kroska, who earned her Ph.D. in psychology in 2018, won the Spriestersbach Prize in the Social Sciences for her dissertation, “How much is enough in brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?” Ongie, who received his Ph.D. in applied mathematical and computational sciences in 2016, won the Spriestersbach Prize in Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering for his dissertation, “Off-the-grid Compressive Imaging.”

Rigon, who earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2017 received the Montgomery Prize, which is awarded annually in the biomedical and health sciences disciplines. Rigon titled her dissertation, “Structural and Functional Neural Networks Underlying Facial Affect Recognition Impairment Following Traumatic Brain Injury.”

The scholars were nominated by members of their dissertation committees and will be honored during a ceremony at the James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference in late March 2019.

Learn about the outstanding research conducted by these scholars: