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APSU graduate student receives 1st Best Thesis Award

Beginning with the Spring 2010 graduating class – and for subsequent commencements in May, August and December – the Austin Peay State University College of Graduate Studies has honored a graduate student whose thesis was judged worthy of a Best Thesis Award.

The first recipient is Claire Cain Teter, who will receive a Master of Arts in English during Spring Commencement on May 7. Shortly before graduation rehearsal Thursday, May 6, she received a certificate and medal to wear at commencement.
Beginning with the Spring 2010 graduating class — and for subsequent commencements in May, August and December — the Austin Peay State University College of Graduate Studies has honored a graduate student whose thesis was judged worthy of a Best Thesis Award.

The first recipient is Claire Cain Teter, who will receive a Master of Arts in English during Spring Commencement on May 7. Shortly before graduation rehearsal Thursday, May 6, she received a certificate and medal to wear at commencement.

Theses are based on qualitative or quantitative research methods. Teter's thesis, titled “Living Room,” contains a series of brief descriptive pieces, a first-person narrative and fictional work. Her work was described by a committee member from the Graduate Research Council as “engaging and beautifully written.”

Teter's thesis committee included adviser and chair Barry Kitterman, Dr. Amy Wright and Dr. Jill Eichhorn, all faculty members in the APSU Department of Languages and Literature.

For a graduate student to qualify, the thesis must be submitted by the standard two-week, prior-to-graduation submission deadline. A committee from the Graduate Research Council automatically judges any thesis submitted by the deadline.

“Honoring any student with a Best Thesis Award seems appropriate as the University continues to make research more of a focus for faculty and students,” said Dr. Dixie Dennis, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and associate provost of Grants and Sponsored Programs. -- Melony Shemberger