Every year in the spring semester, the Graduate Studies Committee presents awards
for graduate students based on their major scholarly work.
Details of Award
The award is an opportunity to honor outstanding scholarly and creative works by graduate
students, either applied or research-based. Papers or applied, visual, or creative
art projects should be focused on areas of importance in the student's discipline.
The format should be consistent with discipline/program guidelines.
To be eligible for consideration, all papers must have gone through a formal program
review/defense process and be approved by the respective faculty committee as meeting
the requirements of the program. Nominees must either be currently enrolled in a graduate
degree program or, more likely, must have completed their studies no more than one
year before the time of the paper/project submission.
Student papers/projects must be formally nominated, in writing, by the Program Director
or Department Chair, using procedures for nominations established by the Department.
Nominations must be submitted by March 15 and include: 1) an abstract of the paper/brief project description—though a full electronic copy
of the work is preferred 2) a letter of nomination to the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies
Committee. In the letter, the Program Director/Department Chair should: a) identify the specific contribution of the work to the field, b) verify that the work has been approved by the student's thesis/project/dissertation
faculty committee and,dissertation faculty committee and, c) certify that the work is primarily that of the student.
(NOTE: Electronic submissions are preferred—send to firstname.lastname@example.org )
Other entry materials may include but are not limited to publication-ready manuscripts,
visual displays of concepts, graphic designs, photographs, interactive media projects,
CD-ROMs, DVDs, and websites.
Please note that nominated work should be a dissertation, thesis, or graduate project,
or represent an equivalent amount of work. Normally, papers for individual classes
would not be considered substantial enough for this competition. If you wish to nominate
work which is not a dissertation, thesis, or project, you should include justification
for the committee's consideration of this work.
A subcommittee of the Graduate Studies Committee will review submissions to determine
the winners. The committee will consist of a five-member panel of judges, the composition
of the panel is three graduate faculty members with experience reviewing scholarly/creative
works from various disciplines (at least one from GSC); one of the two GSC student
representatives, and the Dean of the Graduate Studies.
General criteria for award selection:
significance of the ideas, issues and/or objectives of the work (to be specified in
the document and letter of nomination)
relevance and/or potential benefit to the field/practice
quality of writing, technical execution
rigor of the research design, analysis and conclusions (as applicable)
creativity in project design and replication potential (if applicable)
the overall quality of the student's work and its consistency with meritorious recognition.
The award will include a $200 check. A maximum of five awards will be granted each
year. The awards will be presented at the Student Research Expo in late April.
Work must be completely finished and approved. Students who graduated in Spring, Summer,
Fall of the preceding year or Spring of the current graduating year are eligible.