University Distinguished Masters Thesis Award
Due: Friday October 5, 2018
Purpose: According to plans developed by faculty committees and approved by the Graduate Council, each degree granting program of The University Graduate School may nominate one "truly outstanding" Master's thesis from each category for consideration by a committee of faculty reviewers. The Awards Committee of the Graduate Faculty Council will consider such criteria as originality, documentation, significance, accuracy, organization, and style. The winner in each category will then be nominated for the 2019 MAGS (Midwestern Association of GraduateSchools)/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards.
Eligibility Criteria: Master's students must have received a Master's degree from The University Graduate School or The Graduate Office at IUPUI) during the two previous academic years (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018). Original works accepted “in lieu of a thesis” (e.g. musical compositions, published books, works of art, computer software, etc.) are not eligible for nomination.
Award: Four awards of $1,500 each, two for each campus (IUB and IUPUI). An award will be given in each category for each campus, which match the fields of competition for this year’s MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards:
- Mathematics/Physical Sciences/Engineering: mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, data processing, systems analysis, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, geology, meteorology, astronomy, metallurgy, geophysics, pharmaceutical chemistry; aeronautical, architectural, biomedical, ceramic, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering sciences; environmental health engineering; geological, mechanical, mining, nuclear, and petroleum engineering.
- Social Sciences: agricultural economics, geography, anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, sociology, government (political science), demography, and psychology.
Note: The fields of competition for next year’s University Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award will be Biological/Life Sciences and Humanities.
Nomination Process: Nominations may be made by a Director of Graduate Studies or Departmental Chair. Each department may only nominate one Master’s thesis. If an academic unit has a “truly outstanding” thesis, the Director of Graduate Studies or Chair is encouraged to place it in nomination by submitting the following, in the order listed below:
Letter of nomination from the Department Chairperson, or from a Faculty member designated by theChairperson
Letters of support from two members of the research committee. One must come from the research adviser.
A non-technical 300 word abstract which can be easily understood by all of the members of thecommittee of reviewers (who come from a wide variety of different disciplines spanning the humanities,social sciences, and sciences). The abstract should include the title of the thesis and the name of the author(but not list IU as the institution in order to conform to the MAGS Thesis Award Guidelines).
An electronic copy of the thesis (will not be returned)
Student Deadline: Students must contact their department for the internal deadline. The nomination must be submitted by the department. We will not accept any self-nominations. Schools/Departments are responsible for contacting the candidates who have applied, but were not chosen for nomination.
Please note: These nominations will automatically be considered for the MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. If you do not wish to be considered for this award, please contact the Graduate Fellowships & Awards Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please fill out the following Nomination Form. This serves as the official nomination (We are no longer using Canvas for nominations). Note to click the Red Arrows at the bottom of each page (there are three pages). The final page contains queries for uploading files.