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Call for Nominations: 2019 MAGS Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards

Created: September 19, 2018

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2019 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards. The awards are to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.

MAGS has adopted the same process as that of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) for awarding the Distinguished Thesis Awards in two of four categories that alternate every two years. For the 2019 cycle, MAGS is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Thesis Awards in the two broad categories of the Social Sciences and Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. In the following year, the two broad categories will be Biological/Life Sciences and Humanities.

Each recipient of a MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award will receive a $750 honorarium. In addition, up to $500 will be available to each recipient for travel expenses to attend the MAGS 75thAnnual Meeting, March 20-22, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The faculty mentor or thesis advisor will also be invited to attend the presentation ceremony, but their expenses will not be covered.

Guidelines for the 2019 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards

  • Each member institution may submit one nomination for each award category. Each nomination requires the written endorsement of the Dean of the Graduate School or equivalent official. The institution selection process is the responsibility of that individual institution.
  • Nominations will be accepted in the disciplines of Social Sciences and Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering in which the institution offers a master’s degree. The effective date of degree award, or the completion of master’s degree requirements, must fall in the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018, inclusive, for each nominee selected. 

Nominee Selection

If you would like to be considered as the nominee for Northwestern University in either category, please submit the following information electronically to Rich Cohrs, TGS Director of Communications & Outreach, at rich.cohrs@northwestern.edu by October 26, 2018:

  • The 2019 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards nomination form
  • The abstract of the nominated thesis (submitted as a standalone document). The abstract, describing the research and its significance, must not exceed 300 words and contain the title of the thesis and the name of the author, but not the name of the nominating institution.
  • The nominated thesis
  • Letters from the faculty mentor and (or) the Dean of the Graduate School or equivalent may accompany the nomination.

The nominee chosen to represent Northwestern University for each field will be selected the week of October 29.

The nomination process, guidelines and forms can be found here.

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