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Release: April 20, 1999
Ziegenhorn wins Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize in
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Randy Ziegenhorn, who earned a doctorate
in anthropology in 1997 from the University of Iowa, has been awarded the
1998 D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize for excellence in doctoral research
in the social sciences. As the recipient of the UI graduate council's highly
coveted prize, Ziegenhorn was presented with $2,500 and a certificate by UI
Mary Sue Coleman at a reception March 25.
Ziegenhorn's dissertation is "Networking the Farm: The
social structure of cooperation and competition in Iowa agriculture." His
thesis advisor was Paul Durrenbeger.
Ziegenhorn, who grew up on his family's farm in New Boston,
Ill. where he still lists his occupation as "farmer," received his undergraduate
degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and his master's degree
in anthropology from the University of Iowa. He has been a visiting assistant
professor at Iowa in continuing education and in anthropology. In 1996 he
won research grants from the National Pork Producers Council and the Leopold
Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
Funds for the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize are
provided by the UI Foundation. The prize is awarded annually on a rotating
basis in two of four broad disciplinary areas: humanities and fine arts, mathematical
and physical sciences, social sciences, and biological sciences.
The award is named for D.C. Spriestersbach, UI vice president
emeritus for educational development and research and former dean of the Graduate
College. The competitive award requires "highly original work that is an unusually
significant contribution to the nominee's field."
Winners of the Spriestersbach Prize also become the UI's
nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools Dissertation Prize, a national
award. Three UI doctoral recipients have won that national competition in
recent years, including Susan Behrends Frank, art and art history, who was
last year's Spriestersbach dissertation award winner in the humanities and
fine arts. The UI is the only college or university with three national winners.