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.

Previous Innovation and Technology Award Winners

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.