Master’s Graduates Melissa McLeod, Biology, and Jonathon Walker, Sociology, are the 2017-18 recipients of the Graduate School Outstanding Master’s Thesis Awards.
McLeod was recognized in the Life Sciences category for her thesis, "The Role of Translesion Synthesis Polymerases REV1 and Pol eta in DNA Damage Response".
In the Social Science category, Jonathon Walker was honored for the thesis "Redefining Belonging: The Boundaries of Religious Identity in Institutions and Everyday Life".
Sponsored by the Graduate School, this annual competition is open to UNC Charlotte master’s graduates and each year features different disciplines. This year’s competition included social sciences and life sciences disciplines. Awards were based on the clarity of style and presentation, scholarship, research methodology and contributions to the field or discipline. Each recipient is awarded a $250 prize and an engraved plaque of recognition for achievement.