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 and future scholarly productivity
  • Dissertation must have been submtted and approved in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2017
  • Only one nomination per department or interdisciplinary degree program
  • Secured dissertations are not eligible

Nomination Requirements

  • Completed nomination form
  • Two-to-four-page double-spaced summary (not the abstract) written by nominee so that reviewers outside the field can gain insight into contribution
  • Nomination letter from major professor addressing all selection criteria and including nominee's current position, if applicable
  • Support letter from member of dissertation committee
    2-page curriculum vitae from nominee

Additional details

For more information, contact  grads@vt.edu

Submit combined PDF files to grads@vt.edu

Deadline: January 29, 2018