Distinguished thesis award 2019


The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2019 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards competition in the following categories:

· Biological Sciences

· Humanities and Fine Arts

· Social Sciences

· Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering

This award recognizes outstanding and exceptional research and writing produced by UW master’s students in any discipline.

Nominations are due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m., May 20, 2019. Each department can submit only one nomination per category; nominations must be accompanied by a cover letter from the department chair or graduate program coordinator.


These awards recognize distinguished scholarly achievement at the master’s level. Nominations will be accepted in any discipline offering a master’s degree.

The scholarly product eligible for this competition is a formal written thesis. If a nominating department offers both a thesis option and a project option, only the thesis is acceptable for consideration for this award.

Guidelines for the 2019 Graduate School Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards:

1. Nominee must have earned the master’s degree between June 8, 2018 and June 14, 2019.

2. The following materials must be submitted electronically and combined into a single PDF (hard copy submissions will not be accepted), in this order:

a. The nomination packet cover sheet (available as a Word document or as an RTF document, or by emailing graddean@uw.edu);

b. Summary prepared by the student (1,000-1,500 words) written in non-technical language describing the research and its significance for a general academic audience of non-specialists.

c. A letter from the department head or major professor and one additional faculty member. Letters should include information about the significance of the thesis, the contribution of the thesis to the program of the degree-granting unit and the impact of the thesis on the knowledge base of the discipline.

d. The nominee's CV or resume.

3. A Graduate School awards committee will select the award recipient, based on four criteria:

a) Significance of the study as described in non-technical language

b) Originality

c) Overall quality

d) Outcomes and accomplishments from the thesis

4. Finalists will be asked to provide three complete hard copies of the thesis.


Nominations are due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m., May 20, 2019 c/o graddean@uw.edu. This is a firm deadline and in fairness to all nominators, no exceptions or extensions will be granted.

Nominations must be submitted electronically, combined into a single PDF. Please save your file in this format:

LAST NAME NOMINEE, first name nominee – Nominee's Home Department – THESIS – [category ].pdf

The Graduate School will nominate the winner of this award to the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS)/University Microfilms International (UMI) Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award competitions. Additionally, the UW nominee will receive $1,000 and will be publicly recognized by the Graduate School.

Nomination materials should be addressed to

Rebecca Aanerud

Interim Dean, the Graduate School


Questions can be directed to

Jerry Pangilinan

Assistant to the Interim Dean, the Graduate School