Annual WAGS & ProQuest Awards

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. We encourage you to take the time to prepare a nomination for any of the four award 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 dissertation. Visit the official award page for additional details.

Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in STEM disciplines

This award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the master’s level in STEM disciplines: biological sciences, mathematical sciences, physical sciences, life sciences and engineering. 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. 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. Visit the official award page for additional details.

Recipients 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 in March at the WAGS annual meeting.

For the 2020-2021 award cycle, the nomination period begins on June 1, 2020. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., September 23, 2020. Awards will be determined in November 2020.

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