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Release: April 20, 1999

Ziegenhorn wins Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize in social sciences

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Randy Ziegenhorn, who earned a doctorate in anthropology in 1997 from the University of Iowa, has been awarded the 1998 D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize for excellence in doctoral research in the social sciences. As the recipient of the UI graduate council's highly coveted prize, Ziegenhorn was presented with $2,500 and a certificate by UI President
Mary Sue Coleman at a reception March 25.

Ziegenhorn's dissertation is "Networking the Farm: The social structure of cooperation and competition in Iowa agriculture." His thesis advisor was Paul Durrenbeger.

Ziegenhorn, who grew up on his family's farm in New Boston, Ill. where he still lists his occupation as "farmer," received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and his master's degree in anthropology from the University of Iowa. He has been a visiting assistant professor at Iowa in continuing education and in anthropology. In 1996 he won research grants from the National Pork Producers Council and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Funds for the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize are provided by the UI Foundation. The prize is awarded annually on a rotating basis in two of four broad disciplinary areas: humanities and fine arts, mathematical and physical sciences, social sciences, and biological sciences.

The award is named for D.C. Spriestersbach, UI vice president emeritus for educational development and research and former dean of the Graduate College. The competitive award requires "highly original work that is an unusually significant contribution to the nominee's field."

Winners of the Spriestersbach Prize also become the UI's nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools Dissertation Prize, a national award. Three UI doctoral recipients have won that national competition in recent years, including Susan Behrends Frank, art and art history, who was last year's Spriestersbach dissertation award winner in the humanities and fine arts. The UI is the only college or university with three national winners.