These awards were established by the Arts & Sciences Graduate Studies Advisory Board in 2004 - 2005 to recognize exemplary achievement in graduate student research. Previous award recipients have been honored for the significance of their original research.
Distinguished Dissertation Awards
The doctoral students' dissertations must be based on original research and contribute significantly to the discipline. A panel of scholars will judge the merit of the work. There are two awards of $1,000 each: one in the Natural and Computational Sciences (Applied Science, Computer Science, and Physics); and one in the Humanities and Social Sciences (American Studies, Anthropology, and History). Individuals must be nominated by their dissertation advisor in their respective department/program.
Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards
The master's students' theses must be based on original research and contribute to the discipline. A panel of scholars will judge the merit of the work. There are three awards of $500 each: one in the Natural and Computational Sciences (Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science); one in the Social Sciences (Anthropology and Psychology); and one in the Humanities (American Studies and History). Individuals must be nominated by their thesis advisor in their respective department/program.
Students must be nominated by their thesis/dissertation advisor. There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted by a department/program. To be nominated for 2013-2014, a student must have earned a degree in August 2013 or January 2014, or be awarded the degree in May 2014.
For a nomination to be considered, all of the following materials must be provided to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
- A nomination form that has been signed by the Director of Graduate Studies of the respective department/program.
- A CD with a SINGLE FILE containing all components of the thesis/dissertation in the appropriate order (including all appendices, charts, tables, and figures).
- A nomination letter from the student’s thesis/dissertation advisor, and a recommendation letter from another faculty member who can evaluate the significance of the thesis or dissertation. The letters must reflect only work pertaining to the student’s thesis/dissertation, and should be provided in sealed envelopes bearing the faculty member's name on the flap of the envelope.
The 2013-2014 deadline for receipt of all of the items listed in the Materials section is Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:00pm. If the materials are placed in campus mail rather than hand-delivered, it is the nominator's responsibility to confirm with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research that all of the materials have arrived prior to the deadline. Nominations that are not complete by the deadline will not be considered.
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