The Graduate School invites nominations for the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards. These dissertation awards are made annually to domestic or international students who have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to their disciplines.
The award also aligns with and supports development in the OSU Grad Advantage core competencies for graduate students. Nominees are encouraged to complete the OSU Grad Advantage Self-Assessment Tool at the time of their nomination, or in the case of prospective students after they have been formally admitted to gauge their ongoing professional development.
There are two broad fields of competition for the 2023 dissertation awards. Under each broad field, we provide a non-inclusive list of fine fields that are considered to belong to the broader fields under consideration.
If a dissertation is multi- or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by at least one of the posted 2023 fields of competition.
The Graduate School will provide a cash award of $1,000 to each student selected as OSU's finalist for the two fields of competition listed above. In addition, the Graduate School will forward those two nominees on to the CGS/ProQuest national competition for consideration in their award competition.
The nomination period begins on May 1, 2023. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., June 5, 2023. Awards will be determined in late June 2023.
Nominations may be submitted by the student's graduate program director or department chair/head. Students may not apply directly for this award. Each unit (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than ONE nominee (total) per award cycle.
In the online nomination form, nominators will be required to prepare/upload the following materials as one PDF document using the following file name convention:
"Student's last name_grad program_CGSAward.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.