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Pattanaik and Ghosh Receive Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Awards

Two UC Riverside Professors Honored for Work with Graduate Students

Pattanaik and Ghosh Receive the First Annual Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Awards

(June 11, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- ( -- An economist and a statistician have been chosen by The Graduate Council and the Graduate Division at UC Riverside to receive the first annual Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Awards this year. The recipients are Prasanta Pattanaik, professor of economics, and Subir Ghosh, professor of statistics.

The Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award was instituted by the Graduate Council and the Graduate Division this year to recognize faculty that have made outstanding contributions to the training of advanced graduate students at the university.

Pattanaik joined UC Riverside in1991. He has directed six dissertations to completion and has served, or is serving as, a committee member on seven others. A specialist in microeconomic theory and author or co-editor of six books and more than eighty scholarly papers, Pattanaik is noted for his ability to generate abiding interest and enthusiasm in his students for microeconomics, one of the most difficult fields in economics. Cited as sensitive to the needs of his students, generous with his time, and possessing the utmost intellectual integrity, Pattanaik's students unanimously praised him as both a guide through the travails of the pursuit of the Ph.D. and as an exemplary role model for their own careers as teachers and researchers.

Ghosh joined UC Riverside in 1980. An expert in statistical design and analysis of experiments and in industrial statistics, he is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, and the International Statistical Institute, and a past recipient of the UCR Distinguished Teaching Award. He has edited or co-edited five books and has published sixty-five scholarly papers. Ghosh is the current executive editor of the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference. He has directed seventeen dissertations to completion and is currently directing two others. He has been extraordinarily successful in helping to place his protégés in jobs both in academia and private industry. His students commented at length on his ability to nurture as well as challenge them intellectually. All commented on his influence on them both professionally and personally, noting that his willingness to provide extra encouragement and attention was instrumental to their successes since completing their degrees.

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