Two PhD Students were nominated by the Department for major UNM-wide Dissertation awards, after an intensive selection process within the Department.

Natalie Kubasek, a PhD candidate in American Literary Studies, was nominated for the Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize. Each year, the University of New Mexico awards this Prize to recognize and encourage the highest level of academic excellence among its doctoral students. The Prize was established as a permanent memorial to the late Tom L. Popejoy, President of the University of New Mexico from 1948 to 1968.

Sinae Kang, a doctoral student of British and Irish Literary Studies, was nominated for the Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, which provides one year financial assistance to students nearing completion of a terminal (PhD, EdD, or MFA) degree.