Nominations due in the Office of
University Graduate Studies: last Friday
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
nominator must include the following:
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.
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:
of the study on the field and future research implications.
2. Significance and originality
of contribution embodied in the thesis.
Quality of analysis and conclusions.
Work that is primarily attributed to the
student's own initiative.
Use of appropriate literature/resources in the field of study
Quality of organization, writing and overall presentation of thesis
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