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Outstanding Dissertation Award

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
  • Significance of the contribution to the field
  • Dissertation must have been submitted and approved during calendar year 2020, or defended in fall 2020 and approved before the nomination deadline
  • 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:

Deadline:  January 29, 2021

Additional details

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