- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison plan to award a graduate student who died last year a rare posthumous degree.

The State Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1S3LJNs ) 30-year-old Craig Schuff died in October. Schuff had already earned a master’s degree in nuclear engineering and was preparing to defend his thesis to earn a doctorate in electrical engineering.

The university registrar’s office says a posthumous graduate degree has only been awarded once before. A student must have completed all course requirements, be near completion of a thesis and have done work that’s “substantial” and “worthy of a degree.”

Schuff’s research was centered on neutron generation from a device that could be used to scan packages and detect clandestine materials, such as chemicals or nuclear materials.

Schuff’s parents will accept his degree in May.



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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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