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Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award

The 2023 competition closed on 10/13/23. Recipients will be announced Dec. 1st

The Graduate College’s annual Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award is given to the most outstanding master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation in each of the four Graduate Program divisions, as determined by the Graduate College Awards Committee. Each of the eight awards includes a monetary award.

Please note that instructions change periodically as we align our award with regional and national competitions. Significant changes for Fall ’23:

  1. The abstract is limited to 5 pages + 5 pages of appendices (charts, tables, images, references) for a total of 10 pages.
  2. We have updated our four academic divisions; please keep in mind that, for regional and national competitions, we do not have flexibility, e.g., the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools and the Council of Graduate Schools may define their divisions slightly different than we do. 

DEADLINE: 4pm (Central) on October 13, 2023