Dan E. Wells Outstanding Dissertation Award - University of Houston
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Dan E. Wells Outstanding Dissertation Award

Past Winners

Spencer Fuston

Spring 2022
Spencer Fuston
Advisor: Jonny Wu
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Reconciling North American Tectonics with the Deep Mantle through Structurally Unfolding Subducted Slabs and Mantle Convection Modeling

Jamie M. Karthein

Summer/Fall 2021
Jamie M. Karthein
Advisor: Claudia Ratti
Department of Physics

Equation of State and Net-charge Fluctuations for Strongly-interacting Matter

Ya Zhuo

Spring 2021
Ya Zhuo
Advisor: Jakoah Brgoch
Department of Chemistry

Developing Rare-Earth Substituted Inorganic Phosphors Through Machine Learning

Riddhiman Medhi

Summer/Fall 2020
Riddhiman Medhi
Advisor: Randy Lee
Department of Chemistry

Enhancing the Scope of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles via Doping and Plasmonic Coupling

Jiaxuan Li

Spring 2020
Jiaxuan Li
Advisor: Yingcai Zheng
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Inverting In-situ Anisotropy in Global Subduction Slabs Using Deep Earthquakes and Imaging Binary Mixtures and Fractures

Naghmeh Hassanzadeh Khayyat

Fall 2019
Naghmeh Hassanzadeh Khayyat
Advisor: Stuart Dryer
Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Regulation and Dysregulation of TRPC6 Channels in Podocytes

Aria Mansouri Tehrani

Spring 2019
Aria Mansouri Tehrani
Advisor: Jakoah Brgoch
Department of Chemistry

Development of Sustainable Superhard Materials

Past Honorable Mention Recipients

Spring 2022

Noah Luecke
Advisor: Kerri Crawford
Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Roots, Shoots, and Seeds, a Plant Microbe Interaction Tryptic: From Sea to Summit

Spring 2021

Neil Jerome Egarguin
Advisor: Daniel Onofrei
Department of Mathematics
Active Control of Exterior Wavefields and Applications

Geethal Amila Udalamatta Gamage
Advisor: Zhifeng Ren
Department of Physics
Achieving Ultrahigh Thermal Conductivity and Carrier Mobility in Boron Arsenide Single Crystals