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Outstanding Dissertation Award

Awarded to individuals who have completed dissertations representing original work that makes a significant contribution to the discipline. Individuals awarded are nominated for the national CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

The Award

$250, given to two graduate students with exceptional dissertations. 

2020 Categories

As chosen by CGS/ProQuest

  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Social Sciences

Nomination for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Both USC winners will be nominated for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award



Nominees should have:

  • Completed dissertations that make a significant contribution to their discipline.
  • Been awarded a doctoral degree or completed doctoral degree requirements between July 1, 2018 and  June 30, 2020.



As part of the nomination packet, Graduate Directors will be required to submit:

1. Abstract of the Nominee's Dissertation

Not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages. All pages should be numbered and should bear the name of the nominee. (Appendices containing nontextual material, such as charts or tables, may be included as additional pages.)

2. Three Letters of Recommendation

Should evaluate the significance and quality of the nominee's dissertation work.

  • One letter from the nominee’s dissertation supervisor
  • One letter from a member of the nominee’s dissertation committee
  • One letter from a person of the nominee’s choice

Letters of recommendation should evaluate the significance and quality of the nominee’s dissertation work. 

3. Nominee's CV

Not to exceed five pages.

Max Number of Nominees

Programs may only nominate one candidate. 


April 15, 2020

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