Richard Thurman Dissertation Award

Colleagues and CAPSE/TED Members,

It gives me great pleasure to announce a call for nominations for the Richard Thurman Award. This award honors the memory of Dr. Richard Thurman, a talented special educator who shared his knowledge with many future teachers at Chapman University.

This award recognizes an outstanding recent recipient of the doctoral degree in Special Education or a related field.  The recipient will receive a $500.00 award and will present a brief summary of the design and findings of their dissertation research at the October 22, 2015 CAPSE meeting.

 If you would like to nominate a candidate, or if you completed your dissertation in 2014 or 2015, or are completing your dissertation and would like to nominate yourself, please complete the attached application and e-mail it to me at linda.smetana@csueastbay.edu by October 2.

Thank you for your participation,

Linda Smetana, Ed. D.


Nomination for the Dr. Richard Thurman Award

Nominator’s Information

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University, School District, SELPA


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Nominee’s Information



Degree (being) completed


Degree granting institution or program


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Summary or Abstract  (include design and findings)


Date completed or anticipated date of completion


Contribution to the field


About the Nominee

Please present a narrative as to your reason for nominating the individual for the Thurman Award.  You may include personal qualities, professional qualities, scholarship, and future contributions to the field.



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