Nominations Requested for 2018 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Outstanding Master's Thesis Award is presented annually in the fall semester. Faculty may nominate a student whose thesis has been accepted in partial fulfillment of master's degree requirements during the past two academic years and/or summer sessions.

Fields of Competition: 

Life Sciences (1 award) – (e.g., Bioinformatics, Biology, Physiology), as well as new life sciences fields (e.g., Environmental Health, Genomics, Health Science, Kinesiology, Sports Science). 

Social Sciences/Business/Education (1 award) – (e.g., Anthropology, Accountancy, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Finance, Gender and Sexual Studies, Geography, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology​, etc.​). 

Instructions for Nominations: To be considered, applicants must have completed their master’s degree requirements and thesis during the period between Fall 2015 through Summer 2017, inclusive. The Graduate School will verify eligibility.  

- An abstract of the thesis (1-2 pages and double-spaced) on 8-1/2" x 11" white paper;  
- Letters of endorsement from the major professor or the Graduate Program Director evaluating the significance and quality of his or her thesis work, are to be included in the nomination materials; 
- A brief resume or CV (1-2 pages); 
- A web link to a thesis or electronic copy submitted by email. (For the ETD thesis competition a web link to an electronic thesis is required).

Criteria: The nominated thesis should represent original work making an unusually significant contribution to the disciplines. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged.

Award: The winners will receive $250 and an engraved plaque. (The winners will be submitted to the regional CSGS Master’s Thesis Award based on this submission where they may be​ eligible to win a $1,000 award​ plus travel expenses to the conference. ​None of these materials will be returned.*​)​ 

Deadline: All materials are to be submitted to the Graduate School no later than October 9, 2017, by 5:00pm.

Address: All nomination materials should be sent electronically to by 5:00 pm on October 9. A zip file is preferred.   

*​The 2018 CSGS meeting ​will be in ​Fayetteville, Arkansas where the award will be presented. This information is based on the CSGS competition information. Note that the categories rotate each year.  

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