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  • Graduate Thesis Award




    Nominations due in the Office of University Graduate Studies:  last Friday of February

    Background: Each year in February the Graduate Council will seek nominations for its Graduate Thesis Award. Graduate Students who have completed their thesis in the preceding calendar year are eligible to be nominated. Self nominations by the students are strongly discouraged.  However, multiple high quality submissions by an academic graduate program are encouraged.  The nominator must include the following:

    1. CV of the nominee;
    2. A copy of thesis;
    3. Address, phone number and email address of the nominee; and
    4. A detailed letter of nomination which addresses as many evaluation criteria listed below as possible but specifically addresses the impact, relevance, and significance of research in the academic field.

    While the members of the selection committee would judge each thesis on the criteria listed below, the letter of recommendation from an expert in the field and someone who was closely associated with the student’s work may provide very meaningful insights in making the best possible decision.

    The Graduate Council, at its sole discretion, may choose to limit the number of UW-L Thesis Awards to no more than two annually. One or more of these awards will carry a cash award.

    Selection Committee: The Graduate Council in consultation with UW-L Foundation will appoint a committee with a minimum of three members representing the university community as widely as desirable. The Associate Vice Chancellor will be an ex-officio member of this committee. The office of the Associate Vice Chancellor will handle all the communications related to Graduate Thesis Awards.

    Evaluation Criteria:  The selection of the best Graduate theses is based on the originality, impact, and written quality of the work as evidence found in the thesis and the nomination letter. The specific evaluation criteria may include, but not necessarily limited to, the following:

    1.      Impact of the study on the field and future research implications.

    2.      Significance and originality of contribution embodied in the thesis.

    3.      Quality of analysis and conclusions.

    4.      Work that is primarily attributed to the student's own initiative.

    5.      Use of appropriate literature/resources in the field of study

    6.      Quality of organization, writing and overall presentation of thesis