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.
- 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
- 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 a member of dissertation committee
- 2-page curriculum vitae from nominee