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Annual Graduate College Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award

The Annual Graduate College Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award is given to the most outstanding doctoral dissertation or master's thesis in each of the four Graduate Program divisions.  Each of the awards include a monetary award ($500 for master's thesis winners and $1,000 for doctoral dissertation winners).

The divisional categories are:

  • Arts and Humanities (AH)
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS)
  • Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences (EMPS)
  • Life Sciences (LS)

Recipient Lists

Fall 2017 Awardees

Outstanding Dissertation award:

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

TITLE

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM

DIVISION

Castellanos

Jose

Rhetorics of Loss

English

AH

Fortin

Samantha

Challenges to Body Fluid Homeostasis Recruit Mesolimbic Dopamine Signaling

Neuroscience

LS

Gursoy

Gamze

Three-Dimensional Chromosome Organization in Eukaryotes: Novel Computational Approaches

Bioinformatics

EMPS

Markovic

Alexander

Gypsy Fingers are Unique! Identity Politics and Romani Musical Performance in Vranje, Serbia

Anthropology

BSS

Outstanding Master’s Thesis award:

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

TITLE

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM

DIVISION

Adibfar

Leili

Aesthetic Significance and Failure in Shadi Ghadirian’s Photographic Reflections on War in Nil, Nil

Art History

AH

Annicchiarico Petruzzelli

Fausto

A Wearable Device for Non-invasive Cardiovascular Monitoring

Electrical and Computer Engineering

EMPS

Rubaci Uygur

Arin

The Impacts of Historic Preservation in Chicago: An Analysis of Chicago Landmark Districts

Urban Planning

BSS

Please join us in congratulating past award recipients: Recipients List

Eligibility

Every calendar year, each graduate program can nominate one masters and one doctoral student.  The student must have already officially graduated, and must be from a program that is within the Graduate College.

For the 2018 cycle, eligible students are those whose degree was officially awarded by UIC in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018. Departments can jog their memory by cross-referencing their alumni on these lists: https://grad.uic.edu/degree-and-thesis-lists 

Application Procedures

The Director of Graduate Studies for a program must put forth the nomination of the outstanding thesis or dissertation.  

The program/department collects and submits the following items as a single PDF file to the Graduate College via a secure link, for review by the Awards Committee:

  1. A completed Annual Graduate College Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award Application (fillable Word template).
  2. A letter of nomination from the Director or Graduate Studies or Department Head discussing the student in general terms.
  3. A letter of support from the primary advisor (i.e., the advisor responsible for the research for the thesis) that explains the impact of this research on the field.
  4. A copy of the thesis abstract (refer to the Graduate College Thesis Manual for format; however, the limit on length does not apply for this submission). Supplied by student.
  5. A concise (300-word maximum) description of the significance of the research presented in the dissertation or thesis. This may be based on the abstract but it should be written in language suitable for faculty from neighboring or allied disciplines.  Supplied by student.
  6. A current curriculum vita that includes a list of awards, honors, publications, and presentations. Supplied by student.

NOTE: EACH PROGRAM MAY NOMINATE ONLY ONE MASTER'S AND ONE DOCTORAL STUDENT

Information for Directors of Graduate Studies/program submitters (Shibboleth protected)

Deadline:

The Awards Committee of the Graduate College has established the following deadline for the program/department to submit a single PDF file of all of the required material listed above:  

  • October 26, 2018
    Program/Department Nomination Due to the Graduate College. No extensions will be permitted since we nominate two of these for a regional competition the following week.
  • December 1, 2018
    Announcement of Awards

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