The Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes the scholarly contributions of UNC Chapel Hill doctoral students in their dissertation projects. The award highlights original and innovative work. Four students receive this award each year. Trainee Meagan Ryan, who recently defended her thesis on October 26, has been nominated by the Pharmacology Department for this prestigious award. For more information about the Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award visit their website: http://gradschool.unc.edu/funding/gradschool/awards/distinguisheddissertation.html.