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Outstanding Research Award 2017
NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition & Retention in Higher Education

To emphasize and celebrate the importance of research in the field of orientation, transition, and retention.
Each year, one graduate/doctoral student is awarded a $1,000 award and receives a waiver for the NODA Annual Conference fee (including the annual membership fee) in recognition of an outstanding dissertation or master’s thesis related to orientation, transition, and/or retention in higher education. Award funds may be used to support professional development, researcher’s stipend, and/or project expenses.

The Outstanding Research Award is tenable by master’s or doctoral students who are either enrolled in a graduate program and are in the process of completing a thesis or dissertation during the academic year, or have finished/will finish their degree within the designated year. The scholarly research should highlight topics within the field of orientation, transition, and retention. Nominees do not have to be NODA members.

2017 Award Winner



Maximilian Schuster, PhD
Maximilian T. Schuster, PhD serves as a visiting assistant professor of Administrative and Policy Studies within the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Within this role, he teaches several graduate classes in higher education management and leads the student services internship program. Schuster's research interests include organizational culture, undergraduate student transitions, and undergraduate student leadership. More specifically, Schuster's work explores the ways in which organizational cultures within higher education can be leveraged to create equitable outcomes for college students. 

Read the extended abstract of Schuster's doctoral dissertation, "Compartmentalized cultures, integrated transitions: Exploring first-year student transition through institutional culture at a middle Atlantic university."


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