PhD student Mirian Tsuchiya receives NSF dissertation improvement grant


Dr. Andrea Weeks of the Department of Biology has been awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant to support the doctoral dissertation of Ms. Mirian Tieko Nunes Tsuchiya.  Mirian is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Science and Policy Department. Her research is entitled:

Reassessing the role of the Great American Biotic Interchange in the evolution of the raccoon family: early immigrants, museomics and biogeographic modeling

The award is for 24 months for a total budget of $16,549, and has a start date of 06/01/2015.

For more details, read about NSF’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (DDIG).

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

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