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Thesis Awards

Distinguished Master's Thesis Award

This award has been established to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.


  1. Each department or area program that offers a master’s degree may submit one nomination.
  2. The effective date of the degree award or the completion of master's degree requirements and thesis must be within the fall, spring and summer semesters of the prior academic year.  For example, students nominated in fall 2017 must have completed their degree and thesis in fall 2016, spring 2017 or summer 2017.
  3. Students who earned a doctorate or comparable research degree in any discipline prior to writing the master’s thesis are not eligible. However, recipients of a first professional degree (MD, DVM, JD, M. Arch.) awarded prior to the writing of the thesis may be nominated.
  4. Nominations should be submitted as one single PDF (the thesis itself can be attached as a separate PDF document if need be) by email attachment to . The nomination should include (in the following order):
    • Written endorsement of the program’s director of graduate studies.
    • Letter from the faculty adviser/mentor describing the thesis’s contribution to scholarship.
    • Two-page description of the study and its contribution to the field/discipline in language that can be readily grasped by scholars working in other disciplines. Include the title of the thesis and the author’s name.
    • Electronic copy of the thesis.
  5. Nominations will be evaluated on:
    • Clarity of writing
    • Scholarship
    • Methods or approach
    • Contributions to the field
  6. The nomination must be received by the Office of Graduate Studies no later than November 1 (if November 1 falls on a weekend, the due date will be the following Monday).

The Graduate Faculty Senate Awards Committee will evaluate the nominations. The recipient will receive an honorarium of $500 at the Graduate Awards Banquet held in April. There are opportunities for recognition beyond MU. More »