Funding & Award Opportunities

Research and Professional Travel Funds

Mary Ann Roberton Outstanding Thesis and Project Awards Information –This award has been established in honor of Mary Ann Roberton, the Director of the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies from 1992 to 1999.

To be eligible for this award, the student must be nominated by a faculty member during the fall. After being nominated, the faculty member will supply a copy of the student's thesis or directed project to the graduate coordinator and the selection committee. This thesis or directed project must be of superior work in its area of concentration and will be judged on substantive and methodological quality, originality of thought, and clarity. Any student completing a Master's degree in the previous Fall, Spring, or Summer. The award consists of a plaque for the recipient and the name of the recipient being placed on a plaque permanently displayed in Eppler Center. Click here for a list of award recipients.

The winner of the MAR Thesis Award is also chosen to be represent the school as a nominee for the BGSU Distinguished Thesis Award.

Phi Epsilon Omega International Exercise Science Honorary –This award is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. To be eligible an undergraduate student must have a GPA of at least 3.30. A graduate student must have GPA of at least 3.50. More information is available upon request

HMSLS Graduate Student Grant – provides funding for thesis/project expenses or travel to make a presentation at a professional conference. Application available on HMSLS website (

Katzner Graduate Student Research and Professional Development - is designed to supplement the costs for graduate student research (project, thesis, or dissertation) and professional development activities. Proposals will be evaluated based upon their ability to promote high quality independent research. Application Deadlines: Fall Semester - October 31; Spring Semester - March 17

Graduate Student Senate Funding – offers funding for professional development

Also, look into resources provided by your professional associations

Graduate Student Presentation and Award Opportunities

Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence – paper competition in 3 categories (Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Mathematics and Sciences); monetary awards for 1st and 2nd place in each category.

Shanklin Colloquium – graduate student oral and poster presentations; monetary awards.

  • Please CLICK HERE for more information/application deadlines about Shanklin Award for Research ExcellenceShanklin Colloquium!

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Symposium – interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the WGSS program; presenters come from any department/program on campus; award for outstanding presentation; conducted in conjunction with Women’s History Month (March)

WEAL Legacy Award Essay Contest – sponsored by Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; submissions encouraged from students in any department/program on campus; papers address Title IX issues or feminist topics (deadline about early March)

Graduate Student Senate Awards - GSS recognizes outstanding graduate students for their contribution to the Bowling Green State University community.
• Jill Carr Outstanding Graduate Student Award
• Outstanding International Graduate Student Award
• Outstanding Graduate Administrative Assistant Award
• Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award
• Outstanding Contributor To Graduate Education Award
• GSS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award  

For complete descriptions see /content/bgsu/en/student-government/graduate-student-senate/shanklin-gss-awards/Past-Awards/past-awards.html