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Awards

Notice: The awards deadline has been extended to September 14, 2017.

Annual WAGS & ProQuest Awards

Each year, the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and the ProQuest seek nominees for three award categories: The WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award (STEM and Non-STEM) and the WAGS/ProQuest Innovation in Technology Award. The approximate deadline for thesis/dissertation submittal is early September each year. The winners are announced in March at the WAGS annual meeting, and we pay for the winners to attend the conference Awards Luncheon and give a short presentation on their work.

WAGS currently offers awards in the following categories:

Innovation in Technology Award

This award recognizes the innovative application of technology to scholarship, as shown in the research supporting either a master’s thesis or a doctoral. Initial screening is based on originality, creativity, scholarly significance of the use of technology, and overall quality. The award consists of a certificate, $1,500 to the recipient, and travel expenses for the student to the WAGS Conference. See the Call for Nominations for additional details.

Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award

STEM: Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

This award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the master’s level, in any of the above-listed disciplines. Initial screening is based on originality, significance of the study, overall quality and outcomes and accomplishments from the thesis. The award consists of a certificate, $1,000 to the recipient, and travel expenses for the student to attend the WAGS Conference and Awards Luncheon. See the Call for Nominations for additional details.

Non-STEM: Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business

This award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the master’s level, in any of the above-listed disciplines. Initial screening is based on originality, significance of the study, overall quality and outcomes and accomplishments from the thesis. The award consists of a certificate, $1,000 to the recipient, and travel expenses for the student to attend the WAGS Conference and Awards Luncheon. See the Call for Nominations for additional details.

Annual WAGS Regional 3 Minute Thesis Competition

The winners of all WAGS Member institutions are invited to compete in our WAGS Regional 3MT at the Annual Conference. Begun in 2016 in Seattle with 8 competitors, we look forward to this 3MT growing into an even larger and more competitive event! 3MT competitors vie for prizes and regional recognition; the winner and either audience choice awardee or runner-up are then invited to compete at the CGS National 3MT competition at the CGS Meetings in December each year.

2016 WAGS Regional 3MT Competition in Seattle, Washington

  • 1st Place Winner: Uzma Tahir, Northern Arizona University – “Emulating Biological Movement Using a Robotic Prosthesis”
  • 2nd Place and Audience Choice Winner: Jacqueline Phan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – “Bile Salt Analogs as Anti-Germinants in the Prevention of Clostridium Difficile Infection”