Annual WAGS & ProQuest Awards

Each year, the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and the ProQuest seek nominees for four award categories: The WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award (STEM and Non-STEM), the WAGS/ProQuest Innovation in Technology Award and the WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis and/or Final Master’s Capstone Project Award in the Creative, Visual and Performing Arts. The approximate deadline for each award submission is early September each year. The winners are announced in March at the WAGS annual meeting, and WAGS pays for the winners to attend the conference Awards Luncheon and give a short presentation on their work.

Nominations are accepted between July 1, 2019 and September 23, 2019.

WAGS and ProQuest currently offer awards in the following four categories:

1. 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. Initial screening is based on originality, creativity, scholarly significance of the use of technology, and overall quality. The award includes a certificate, $1,000 to the recipient, and travel expenses for the student to attend the WAGS Conference. See the Call for Nominations for additional details.

2. 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, outcomes, and accomplishments from the thesis. The award includes 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.

3. Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award - 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, outcomes, and accomplishments from the thesis. The award includes 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.

4. 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. Nominations will be accepted from the following disciplines in which the institution offers a Master’s degree; Creative, Visual, and Performing Arts. Initial screening is based on originality, aesthetic merit, technical execution, and potential to reach beyond the original academic audience through future performance, exhibition, or publication. The award includes 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.

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