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Theresa Neil Memorial Research Award
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The Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund provides financial support for summer sessions research. It is funded by a consortium consisting of the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS), the North Central Conference on Summer Schools (NCCSS), the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA), and the Association of University Summer Sessions (AUSS).  

The award, formerly called the Summer Session Research Consortium Award, honors the memory of Theresa Ann Neil, a nearly 20-year member of the staff at at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  Born in 1948, Theresa passed away on June 25, 1994 after an accident that took her life and that of her husband, D.C. Neil.  She served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration and Director of Continuing Education and Extension at Duluth. 

2015 Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund Recipients

Valerie Lastinger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University
$5,000
"Student Success and Summer Graduation: Summer Session Incentive Options to Increase Graduation Rates for Undergraduate Near-Completers"

Loy Lytle, Dean Emeritus and Research Professor, University of Califronia, Santa Barbara
$9640 (two-year project)
"Intra- and Inter-Institutional/Assessments of Summer Enrollment Impact on Undergraduate Student Time-to-Degree"

Thank you to the Consortium representatives:
Ken Smith, Chair, Virginia Tech - NAASS
Alicia Bingham, Western Kentucky University - NCCSS
Kim Parks, University of San Diego - WASSA
Sue Day-Perroots, University of WEstern Virginia, AUSS