Master’s Thesis Awards

CSGS 2018 Master’s Thesis Awards

Each year the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools sponsors two Master’s thesis awards and an ETD Master’s Thesis Award.

The fields for competition for 2018 are:

  • Life Sciences (1 award)   (includes any field of Biology (e.g., Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cell Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Hematology, Marine Biology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Toxicology) and Medicine (e.g., Cardiology, Dermatology, Geriatrics, Infectious Diseases, Pathology, Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Veterinary Medicine), as well as new life science fields (e.g., Computational Neuroscience, Environmental Health, Food Science, Fermentation, Genomics, Health Science, Kinesiology, Medical Imaging, Medical Social Work, Sports Science).
  • Social Sciences/Business/Education (1 award)       (e.g., Anthropology, Archaeology, Accountancy, Criminal Science, Economics, Education, Finance, Gender and Sexual Studies, Geography, Law, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology)


Graduate Deans or their designee(s) at CSGS member institutions may nominate one person per category (total of two per institution) whose thesis has been accepted in partial fulfillment of master’s degree requirements during the past two academic years and/or summer sessions (Fall 2015 through Summer 2017)


$1,000 plus travel expenses for the awardees to attend the 2018 CSGS meeting in Fayetteville, AR where the award will be presented.


The Graduate Dean or designee shall provide the following materials as part of the nomination dossier to be received no later than November 16, 2017:

  • A web link to a thesis or an electronic copy submitted by e-mail or CD;
  • Letters of endorsement from the major professor and either the Director of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Dean, or the Dean’s designee;
  • Certification by the Graduate Dean or designee that the thesis was approved in partial fulfillment of requirements for the master’s degree within the past two academic years and/or summer sessions (Fall 2015 through Summer 2017)
  • An abstract of the thesis (1-2 pages, double-spaced), prepared by the nominee
  • A brief resume or CV of the nominee (1-2 pages).

An electronic file (e-mail ) of the nomination materials should be submitted to the Committee Chair Dr. Jon Hakkila at, no later than November 16, 2017.


Evaluation Process

Each thesis will be reviewed by faculty members in the field from CSGS member institutions and will be evaluated on the basis of clarity of style and presentation, scholarship, research methodology, and contributions to the field or discipline.