Awarding Academic Excellence
This individual possesses personal qualities of intellectual curiosity, dedication, and commitment to the pursuit of new knowledge and to teaching, as well as a sense of social responsibility to the community of scholars. The award recipient is selected by The Dean of the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.
This award is named in honor of Professor Hannah T. Croasdale who studied and taught for more than 40 years in what is now our Department of Biological Sciences. She began at Dartmouth in 1935 as a Research Technician and retired as a full Professor in 1971. She pioneered the role of female faculty at Dartmouth by being the first woman to become a full Professor in the Arts and Sciences and to obtain tenure. As Professor Emerita, she continued to teach her beloved Phycology course until 1978. Her distinguished career has been recognized by numerous honors including a summer graduate student fellowship named in her honor by the Phycological Society of America and a scholarship at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole.
Hannah Croasdale was a freshman in high school in rural Pennsylvania when women were granted suffrage. She went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a BS in 1928, an M.S. in 1931, and a PhD in 1935. She passed away on July 27, 1999 at the age of 93. Her career served as an inspiration for generations of students, and ignited a love for science and curiosity for learning in countless of today’s leading biologists.
The Graduate office requests a single nomination from each graduate program in the College by May 15. The award will be included in the Commencement Program.
Your nomination should include:
- A letter of nomination
- A copy of the student’s thesis abstract, or draft thereof
- The student’s CV