The Transdisciplinary Studies Program invites doctoral candidates who are advanced to candidacy and are within 18 months of expected graduation to apply for the 2020–2021 Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award. The award recognizes students who are using transdisciplinary methodologies and perspectives in their research in innovative, creative, and compelling ways.
- Award Amount: Up to $10,000 per award.
- Application period: Monday, February 1st to Monday, April 12th, 2021.
- Submissions are due by: 12:00PM Pacific, Monday, April 12, 2021.
- Applicants will be notified on or by: Friday, April 30, 2021.
- Current Registration as a doctoral student in any field of study at CGU.
- Completion of All Coursework for the PhD with the exception of Dissertation Research units that have been approved by the faculty.
- Advancement to Candidacy, including approval of the Dissertation Proposal and successful submission of the Advancement to Candidacy Form to the Registrar’s Office. If advancement to candidacy has not been recorded by the Registrar’s Office by the time of award notification, the student will have until August 2nd, 2021 to do so, or the award will be rescinded.
- A Reasonable Expectation of Completion of all remaining requirements for the PhD degree by December 2022.
- Doctoral Study Registration must be maintained for both the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms.
- Recipients of a Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award may not accept a CGU Dissertation Grant and vice versa; recipients may accept one award or the other, but not both awards.
- Previous Recipients of a CGU Dissertation Award or a Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award are not eligible to apply.
Required Application Materials
The following application items will be required:
- A Publishable Abstract, 100 words or less, of your dissertation project.
- A Synopsis of Your Dissertation Research Plan, not to exceed 1200 words.
Please note that most reviewers of your application will be outside of your field of study, so write clearly and avoid or clearly define specialized terms or concepts. Your plan should include and be organized by the following:
- the proposed dissertation title and the word count of the synopsis;
- the rationale and context within previous scholarship; specific aims; and
- projected significance of the proposed dissertation;
- the information-gathering and analytical methods and techniques used; and
- the organizational plan (by chapter) of the dissertation.
You may additionally submit one page each of bibliographic information and appendix material.
- An Academic Timeline including the date of your advancement to candidacy and stages of progress (and completion) of your dissertation. (One half page maximum).
- A Budget Justification explaining how you would use the dissertation award,
including, if relevant, an itemized budget for research expenses. University Tuition and Fees may be included in the budget. (One page maximum).
- A Curriculum Vitae. (Two pages maximum).
- One or more Draft Chapters (maximum of 60 pages total) from your dissertation
- The Office of Student Services will provide a copy of your Academic Transcript to the review committee.
- The Applicant Information and Certification of Eligibility Statement signed by the applicant and applicant’s dissertation committee chair.
A Transdisciplinary Studies advisory committee will review all applications and select recipients. The specific criteria of evaluation and a rubric are as follows:
Selected proposals will demonstrate: a breadth of disciplinary methodologies and perspectives; a clear command of the research questions, contexts, and interpretations with generalizable merit and significance; methodological validity and feasibility of the project timeline; and a strong academic performance record.
Past Dissertation Award Fellows
Sarah Alismail, CISAT/SCGH
“A Tailored Sleep Behavior Change Support System to Promote the Use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy: Theorizing the Solution”
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep breathing disorder in the U.S. with 30 million adults suffering from it, which is the second most in the world. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most effective treatment for OSA. However, up to 50% of patients who accept using CPAP therapy fail to adhere to it. An explanatory, randomized, mixed method, crossover study will be adopted to examine the efficacy of a tailored sleep behavior change support system and its effect on fostering the use of CPAP therapy among non-compliant OSA patients.
Skylar Hanson, SCGH
“How California is Becoming ACEs Aware: A Case Study on Early Effects and Implementation”
With the launch of the ACEs Aware campaign, California becomes the first state to address childhood adversity and toxic stress by offering training to healthcare providers and allocating Medi-Cal funds to reimburse providers that screen patients for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Prolonged exposure to trauma as a child can have detrimental effects on an individual’s development and overall well-being. Through stakeholder interviews, a case study of this statewide trauma-informed approach will be utilized to explain implementation issues, concerns, challenges, and improvements that will arise as a result of this new policy.
Laura Bauer, SAH – English
“The Essence of Narrativity: Evolution and Female Pleasure in Narrative Desire”
Bauer’s dissertation work outlines a new way to read narrative in relation to gender and pleasure that is applicable across the mediums of literature, film, and video games. By incorporating evolutionary biology into narrative studies, she suggests there may be other ways in which plots move or ways in which theorists can interpret meaning from narrative patterns such as resolution, cyclicality, communality, and temporality. Her theoretical model integrates contextual and formalist approaches while dismantling the historical understanding that narrative is irrevocably heteronormative, thereby presenting a comprehensive narrative poetics that enables fresh readings of gender and plot for contemporary scholarship.
Eugenia Weiss, SES
“Post-9/11 Student Veterans’ Optimal Functioning as a Predictor for Positive Academic Performance”
A transdisciplinary study of education and positive psychology will examine how post-9/11 student veterans’ positive optimal functioning predicts their academic performance. A convenient student veteran sample from a private 4-year university in the southwestern part of the U.S. will be used. The following hypotheses will be tested: 1). The student veterans that report higher levels of optimal functioning will also report higher levels of overall academic performance. 2). The student veterans that report a greater positive university environment will report greater levels of academic performance. 3). The student veterans who report more combat experiences will report lower levels of optimal functioning.
Lauren Hartle, SAH – English
“The Last Frontier; or, Going Critical; or, Denying Reality in Las Vegas”
My dissertation reconsiders Las Vegas as a nuclear site by focusing on fictional and non-fictional representations of the city from the town’s founding in 1905 through the end of the earliest phases of the cold war in 1979. These early narratives dislocate Las Vegas from time and place and are critical to the city’s development as a military-industrial—and later, nuclear—playground. My work traces the effect that this nuclear association has on subsequent stories told about Las Vegas and how these storylines resonate with broader patterns of nuclear denial in the United States.