The Graduate School presents two dissertation awards each year, one per category.

Winners receive a plaque and $1,000 for each category.

Category 1: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Category 2:  Social Science, Business, Education, Humanities

Note: The Graduate School may nominate winning dissertation for ProQuest/Council of Graduate Schools Distinguished Dissertation Award in years that subject area matches rotating fields of competition.

Award criteria

  • Originality of idea
  • Clarity and effectiveness of presentation
  • Quality of writing
  • Contribution to the field
  • Dissertation must have been submtted and approved in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2018
  • Only one nomination per department or interdisciplinary degree program
  • Secured dissertations are not eligible

Nomination Requirements

  • Completed nomination form
  • Double-spaced summary (maximum 2 pages) written by nominee so that reviewers outside the field can gain insight into contribution
  • One-page nomination letter from major professor addressing all selection criteria and including nominee's current position, if applicable
  • One-page support letter from a member of dissertation committee
  • Curriculum vitae from nominee (maximum 2 pages)
 

To nominate a student, compile signed nomination form and all supporting documents on the checklist (in the above order) in a single PDF file. Upload this package through the following survey:

https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0uEGL3xa6ShXrKJ

Deadline:  February 1, 2019

Additional details

For more information, contact 540-231-4558 or email grads@vt.edu (type GEW Awards in the subject line.)