D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize Nomination Process

Nominations for the 2019 prize should be submitted online by June 19, 2019 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 2019 D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize

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


  • Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science (includes subprograms)
  • Biostatistics
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Epidemiology
  • Free Radical & Radiation Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Integrative Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Occupational & Environmental Health
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy (Pharmaceutics)
  • Physical Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Psychology (Biopsychology)
  • Translational Biomedicine


  • American studies (humanities emphasis)
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies (humanities emphasis)
  • Cinema & Comparative Literature
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Linguistics (humanities emphasis)
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Spanish
  • Women's Studies (humanities emphasis)