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About

Each year, the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) partners with ProQuest to solicit nominees in four award categories. This prestigious regional competition is an important opportunity for your institution to showcase innovation and creativity by your graduate students. WAGS member institutions may only submit one nomination for each of the award categories. We encourage you to take the time to prepare a nomination for any of the four awards.

WAGS/ProQuest Award Categories

Innovation in Technology Award

This award is given for the development of innovative technology in a thesis or dissertation and its utilization for the creative solution of a major problem.  This award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the master's or doctoral level.

Click here to visit the Official Award page for additional details!

Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in STEM Disciplines

This award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at teh master's level in STEM disciplines: biological sciences, mathematical sciences, physical sciences, life sciences and engineering.

Click here to visit the Official Award page for additional details!

Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business Disciplines

This award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the master’s level the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business Disciplines.

Click here to visit the Official Award page for additional details!


Distinguished Master’s Thesis and/or Final Master’s Capstone Project Award in the Creative, Visual and Performing Arts

This award recognizes distinguished scholarly and creative arts’ achievement at the master’s level in Creative, Visual, and Performing Arts Disciplines.

Click here to visit the Official Award page for additional details!


Award Details

The 2021-2022 recipient for each award will receive $1,000, a Certificate of Award, and travel expenses for the recipient to attend the WAGS Annual Conference and Awards luncheon to be held in Denver, Colorado on March 20-23, 2022.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Originality of the study
  • Scope and significance of the study
  • Contribution to the discipline and/or profession
  • Overall quality of the summary and abstract of the thesis or dissertation

Nomination Packet

  • Nominators are required to prepare/upload required materials as one PDF document and use the following naming convention: "Nominee's Last Name_Nominee's Institution_WAGSCreative.pdf"
  • Required materials must be assembled in the same order as listed in the Nomination Packet Section on the Official Award page, 
  • Check specific award type for additional nomination criteria

Nominations

  • Graduate Departments/Programs can each submit up to two nominations for each award ( to be confirmed)
  • All nominations must be submitted to the 2021-21 WAGS/ProQuest Intake Form for Nominating a UC San Diego Graduate Student  no later than August 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m PST.
  • The Graduate Division will review all submissions and select one application to nominate for each award category. (to be confirmed)
  • Each WAGS member institution may submit only one nomination for each of the four award Categories.  
  • Awards will be determined by WAGS in December 2021. 

Deadline

The submission deadline for all nominations is August 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Past Recipients

List coming soon!




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