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2006 Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Award Winners Announced


By Christine Kitano, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

Issued annually by the Graduate Council and Graduate Division, the Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions to the training of advanced graduate students at UCR. A maximum of two awards are given each year, and this year’s winners included a professor from CHASS, Clifford E. Trafzer, Professor of History and Graduate Advisor. The other award went to Robert C. Graham, Professor of Soil Mineralogy in the Department of Environmental Sciences.

Professor Trafzer began teaching at UC Riverside in 1991. He completed his Ph.D. with a specialty in American Indian history at Oklahoma State University. Of Wyandot Indian and German descent, Professor Trafzer’s research interests lie in the fields of Native American Social-Cultural History, the American West, and oral traditions. In addition to research, he has also won numerous literary awards for his work in fiction and historical non-fiction.

A highly respected figure on campus, Professor Trafzer is known both for his scholarly accomplishments as well as his mentorship and commitment to graduate research. Many students credit their success to Professor Trafzer, noting the support, encouragement, and resources he provides to those looking to publish their work. One student remarked, “Clifford E. Trafzer is a special person and an exceptional educator; he affects great change in students, providing them with the tools needed to become independent professionals capable of mentoring others.” Professor Trafzer is one of many such dedicated CHASS faculty, and his award is an honor not only to himself, but to the College as a whole.


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