MAGS Distinguished Masters Thesis Awards
The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2014 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards. The awards are to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.
In a change from past practices, MAGS will implement the same process as that of the Council of Graduate School’s (CGS) for awarding the Distinguished Thesis Awards in two of four categories that alternate every two years. For the 2014 cycle, MAGS is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Thesis Awards in the two broad categories of Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities. In the following year, the two broad categories will be Social Sciences and Physical Sciences/Engineering.
The Guidelines for the 2014 MAGS Distinguished Masters Thesis Awards are:
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.
To be considered, a thesis must contain original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. It must be in a format that conforms to accepted disciplinary standards, and it must have been accepted as final by the degree-granting institution. Theses submitted electronically will normally be in pdf format; hyperlinks to additional materials may be included but must be verified prior to submission. Any institution wishing to submit a thesis in another electronic format should consult with the chair of the MAGS Outstanding Thesis Committee prior to doing so.
Nominations will be accepted in the disciplines of the Biological Sciences and the Humanities in which the institution offers a master’s degree (for purposes of this competition, history is considered with the humanities). Original works accepted by an institution “in lieu of thesis” (such as musical compositions, published books, works of art, computer software, etc.) may not be nominated.
The effective date of degree award, or the completion of master’s degree requirements, must fall in the period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013, inclusive, for each nominee selected. Such degree award or completion is to be confirmed by the institution’s graduate dean or other administrative officer responsible for masters degree programs. Since the intent of the competition is to recognize scholarship by students who are pursuing their first graduate research degree, individuals who received a Ph.D. (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis are not eligible. However, recipients of a first professional degree awarded prior to the writing of the thesis may be nominated.
The nomination process is to be as follows:
The nomination form, the abstract of the nominated thesis (submitted as a standalone document), and the thesis must be submitted electronically to email@example.com by
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Friday, November 15 (deadline has been extended!). Please use as the subject heading “MAGS 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 the name of the nominating institution.
Letters from the faculty mentor and (or) the Dean of the Graduate School or equivalent may accompany the nomination.
Those institutions unable to submit their nominated thesis and supporting documents electronically may send one photocopy of the thesis to the review committee by surface mail carrier. This document will NOT be returned to the institution. The deadline for receipt of the photocopied thesis will be as above
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Friday, November 15 (deadline has been extended!).
Any institutions experiencing difficulty submitting the thesis by the deadline may record a copy of the required documents on a CD and send it via surface mail to the review committee. The deadline for receipt of documents on CD will be Friday, November 1, 2013. Please notify the committee of this late submission by email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before
October 30, 2013 November 15, 2013.
Materials submitted by surface mail should be sent to:
Katrina Newsom on behalf of Ambika Mathur, Ph.D.
5057 Woodward Suite 6305.5
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
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 Annual Meeting, April 9-11, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. It is expected that the winner’s institution will cover any travel expenses which exceed the $500 provided by MAGS for the awardee to attend the meeting to receive the award. The faculty mentor or thesis advisor will also be invited to attend the presentation ceremony.
Questions may be directed to Katrina Newsom:
by email at email@example.com
or by telephone at 313-577-2170
Past MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award Recipients