First presented in 1981 and sponsored jointly by CGS and ProQuest Dissertations Publishing (a Division of ProQuest Information and Learning), these awards are made each year to individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.
Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas (biological sciences; social sciences; mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and humanities and fine arts). Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution.
The 2016 fields of competition are:
Note: Our eligibility requirements state that “if a dissertation is multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by at least one of the 2016 fields of competition.” Even if an author is not associated with programs in one of the listed subfields, his or her dissertation may be eligible if it draws heavily from methods used in those fields. Since institutions may nominate only one dissertation per year, per field of competition, we ask members to consider whether the chosen dissertation meets these criteria, and can compete with dissertations that clearly fall within these parameters.
Nominations are due no later than July 1, 2016.
For more information, contact Maureen McCarthy.
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