MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award

The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award recognizes recent master’s graduates who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship in their theses. UC full-time faculty are encouraged to nominate a recently-graduated master’s student for this award. UC will then choose one student in each category (see below) to nominate to the region-wide MAGS competition.

In a change from past practices, MAGS will award the Distinguished Thesis Awards in two of four categories that alternate every two years. For the current award cycle, MAGS is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Thesis Awards in the two broad categories of Biological and Life Sciences and the Humanities. In the following cycle, the two broad categories will be Social Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering

Upcoming Award Cycle

The upcoming award cycle will open late August, 2017. Nominations will be due to Megan Tischner in early October, 2017. Students who graduated from a master's program in biological and life sciences and the humanities between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017 are eligible. (Students in the social sciences, physical sciences or engineering will be considered in the following application cycle.)

The nomination application must include

  1. The abstract of the nominated thesis. The abstract, describing the research and its significance, must not exceed 300 words and must contain the title of the thesis and the name of the author, but not UC’s name.
  2. The thesis.
  3. The student’s resume (one page only, please) with current contact information (email, phone and address).
  4. A letter from the student’s faculty mentor.

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