D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize Nomination Process

Nominations for the 2018 prize should be submitted online by June 6, 2018 and must include:

  • a brief letter of nomination from the DEO or DGS
  • an extended double-spaced abstract of the dissertation in PDF form not to exceed 10 pages
    • appendices containing non-textual material, such as charts or tables, may be included
    • this should approach the 10-page limit – do not submit the short abstract deposited with the dissertation.
    • pages should be numbered and each should bear the name of the nominee
  • a 3-page double-spaced dissertation summary in non-technical language, presenting the purpose, methods, and results of the research, and a clear statement of its significance within the discipline
  • an updated copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae
  • an electronic copy of the dissertation in PDF form

Nominees should also request three references to submit letters evaluating the significance and quality of the dissertation work (Please include a list of names and contact information for references).

  • one of these letters is to be from the nominee's dissertation supervisor
  • another from a member of the nominee's dissertation committee
  • the third from a person of the nominee's choice

List of Eligible Departments for 2018 D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize

The following lists, although not all-inclusive, illustrate the fields to be considered in these disciplinary areas:

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering

  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences
  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Informatics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics