Master’s Thesis Awards

CSGS 2020 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 2020 are:

    • Life Sciences (1 award)  (includes, for example, animal science, agriculture, biological anthropology, biochemistry, biostatistics, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, epidemiology, health sciences, medical social work, (computational) neuroscience, nursing, physics-biophysics, psychobiology, radiology, sports science, and research in closely related fields).
    • Social Sciences, Business, and Education (1 award) (includes, for example, anthropology, accountancy, business, communications, criminal justice, demography, economics, education, finance, gender and sexual studies, geography, government, international relations, law, linguistics, management, marketing, political science, psychology, public administration, public policy studies, sociology, social work, urban studies, and research in closely related fields).

(Note, the ETD Master’s Thesis Award for Digital Scholarship will not be awarded in 2020 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 2017 through Summer 2019).

Award

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

Deadline and Nomination Materials

The Graduate Dean or designee shall provide the following materials as part of the nomination dossier to be received no later than November 15, 2019.  Materials must be compiled as a single PDF and named as follows: ThesisAward_Category_LastName_FirstName_Institution.pdf 
(Note: Nominations that do not adhere strictly to these instructions will not be considered).

  • A synopsis of the thesis (500 word maximum) outlining its context within the broader field, as well as how the completed research contributes to the discipline; prepared by the nominee;
  • An abbreviated resume or CV for the nominee (2 page maximum, prepared by the nominee);
  • 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 2017 through Summer 2019);

Please email dossiers to csgsconference@gmail.com and include either “Thesis Award Nomination Life Sciences” or “Thesis Award Social Sciences” in the subject line.

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.