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Paige MillerDr. Paige Miller ’07g, ’10g NUTR, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program, received a Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award while still a student in spring 2010. This award provides funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval of the dissertation topic, or to M.F.A. students in their final year. They are considered to be among the most prestigious awards available to Penn State graduate students.

Miller received her award in the Life and Health Sciences category for her project titled “Dietary patterns, meat-derived carcinogen exposure, and colorectal cancer risk in northeast Pennsylvania.” She is advised by Dr. Terry Hartman, associate professor.

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected for a Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award,” says Miller. “Receiving this award provides me with confidence as I finish my dissertation, prepare for my upcoming defense, and plan for the next stage of my career. It also reminds me how fortunate I am to attend a great university that provides numerous opportunities, such as this scholarship, for its graduate students. I will forever be grateful to my adviser, Terry Hartman, because without her constant encouragement, mentorship, and support, winning this award would not have been possible.”