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Outstanding Thesis Award

Awarded to individuals who have completed exceptional theses in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts and STEM fields.

The Award

$250 given annually to up to four students whose theses are found to be excellent.

2020 Winner:

  • Sudipta Saha, Mechanical Engineering


Nominees must have completed a thesis within the year that demonstrates:

  •         Originality
  •        Clarity of Style and Presentation
  •       Scholarship
  •        Research Methodology
  •       Contributions to the Field or Discipline


Submit nomination packets as one PDF document to Wright Culpepper at

Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM Nomination Materials

1. One-page Letter from the Thesis Advisor
2. Executive Summary of the Thesis

Not to exceed 2 pages. 

3. Thesis Abstract

Not to exceed 10 pages. All pages should be numbered and bear the name of the nominee. The abstract should be typed and double-spaced on 8½” x 11” white paper. (Appendices containing non-textual material, such as charts or tables, may be included and will not count toward the 10 pages.)

4. CV or Resume

No more than 2 pages.

Fine Arts Nomination Materials

1. One-page Letter from the Thesis Advisor
2. Artistic Statement

Not to exceed 2 pages. The statement should explain the process, media, significance, meaning, value, function/purpose, etc. of the nominee's work.

3. Creative Portfolio

Up to ten images, five minutes of audio/visual or 10 page writing samples (can include a novel excerpt, short story, group of poems or script).

The portfolio should provide evidence of creative output and ability. It should also document work performed or exhibited as part of a master's thesis project and be consistent with the standards of the student's discipline. 

4. CV or Resume

No more than two pages.

Multiple Nominees

Programs may only nominate up to two candidates.


The deadline for 2021 will be announced no later than January 2021.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.