Every year in the spring semester, the Graduate Studies Committee presents awards for graduate students based on their major scholarly work.
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 27 and include:
(NOTE: Electronic submissions are preferred — send to gradstudies AT_TOWSON )
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:
The award will include a $200 check. A maximum of five awards will be granted each year.
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.