Independence University announces winners of the 2020 Distinguished Thesis Award


Posted By Andy Cupp on April 13, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY— Independence University is proud to announce three graduates who are being awarded the Distinguished Thesis Award for 2020. The Independence University Distinguished Thesis Award is given in recognition of outstanding work and effort by students in their reflective scholarship. These students are producing work that reflects a passion for learning, adds to the body of knowledge of the field of study, and represents significant effort to produce exemplary work.

Independence University awards the Distinguished Thesis Award to recognize these outstanding students. Recipients of the award are selected by an impartial committee whose criteria for selection includes the quality of the work, the impact on the profession, originality of the contribution, pertinence of the conclusions, and scholarly research. The winners of this award honor Independence University and are represented at the 2020 Graduation Commencement Ceremonies by a blue and red braided honor cord. The recipients will also receive a special plaque to memorialize their achievements.

This year’s winners are:

  • “Pulmonary Rehabilitation” by Susan Parsons of Potts Camp, Mississippi
  • “Suicide Is Preventable: A Focus on Impact and the Barrier of Stigma” by Stephanie Vander Meersch of Sterling, Illinois
  • “The ODIN Initiative: A Proposal for the Use of Artificial Intelligence in the Veteran's Affairs Disability Rating System” by Crystal LeFebvre of Troy, Michigan

We are proud of these students and look forward to recognizing them at this year’s graduation ceremonies. Photos of each winner are on the following pages.

About Independence University

Independence University provides online, career-focused higher education to students across the U.S. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts, and technology, Independence University is committed to preparing students for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Independence University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

Independence University is a registered trademark of Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc.

Susan Parsons (School of Business) – Potts Camp, MS

Stephanie Vander Meersch (School of Healthcare) - Sterling, IL

Crystal LeFebvre (School of Technology) - Troy, MI