Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina, in conjunction with the Council of Graduate Schools & UMI Dissertations Publishing, seeks to award two graduate students with the Outstanding Dissertation Award. These awards are made annually to individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. In 2017, one award will be given in each of the following categories:

  1. Biological sciences
  2. Humanities and fine arts

USC Award recipients will receive $250 each.

In order to be eligible, a nominee must have been awarded a doctoral degree, or completed doctoral degree requirements and the dissertation, between July 1, 2016 and June 18, 2017. Both USC winners will be nominated for the 2017 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, which carries an award of $2,000 and a certificate of citation. Programs may nominate only one candidate.

Nomination packets must include:

  • Nomination form, signed by the Graduate Director.
  • An abstract of the nominee’s dissertation (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages). Appendices containing other material, such as charts, tables, and/or references, may be included as additional pages.
  • Three letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the nominee’s dissertation work. One of these letters is to be from the nominee’s dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the nominee’s dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the nominee’s choice.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages).

Nomination deadline: June 19, 2017.

Nomination packets should be sent to:

The Graduate School
Attention: Wright Culpepper
901 Sumter Street
Byrnes Building, Suite 301
Columbia, SC 29208


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