Master’s Thesis Awards

CSGS 2019 Master’s Thesis Awards

The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools sponsors Master’s thesis awards, which are given in four different categories on a rotating basis:  a) Math, Physical Sciences and Engineering, b) Humanities and Fine Arts, c) Social Sciences, Business, and Education, and d) Life Sciences.  The fields for competition for 2019 are:

  • Humanities and Fine Arts (1 award)  (includes, for example, History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Speech, American Studies, Archeology, Art, Music, Philosophy, Theology, Religion, Theater, Language, Literature, and Architecture).
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering (1 award) (includes, for example, 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.  (For purposes of this competition, engineering technologies are not included).
  • (Note, the ETD Master’s Thesis Award for Digital Scholarship will not be awarded in 2019 as decided by the membership at the 2018 CSGS Business Meeting).

Candidacy

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 2016 through Summer 2018).

Award

$1,000 plus travel expenses for the recipient to attend the 2019 CSGS meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee where the award will be presented.

Deadline

The Graduate Dean or designee shall provide the following materials as part of the nomination dossier to be received no later than: November 16, 2018

  • An abstract of the thesis (1-2 pages, double-spaced), prepared by the nominee;
  • An abbreviated resume or CV for the nominee (2 page maximum);
  • A web link to the thesis or an electronic copy submitted by e-mail;
  • A letter of support/endorsement from the major professor focused on the criteria by which the committee will evaluate the submitted theses. These consist of: clarity of style and presentation, scholarship, research methodology, and contributions to the field or discipline; and
  • Certification by the Graduate Dean or designee that the thesis was approved in partial fulfillment of requirements for the master’s degree and that the student completed the master’s degree within the past two academic years and/or summer sessions (Fall 2016 through Summer 2018);

Materials must be compiled as a single PDF and named as follows: ThesisAward_Category_LastName_FirstName_Institution.pdf

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.