Distinguished Dissertation Award

2024 Distinguished Dissertation Award

Deadline:  Friday, April 19th, 2024 at 5:00pm

The Graduate College seeks to honor outstanding research at the doctoral level at Bowling Green State University. The Distinguished Dissertation Award is awarded annually as a way of recognizing and promoting excellence in research and dissertation advising. The Graduate College will grant one award in each of the fields of competition.

Description of the Award: The Graduate College Distinguished Dissertation Award consists of a student honorarium of $500, a certificate of citation, and a $200 award of recognition for the dissertation advisor.  In addition, the recipient of the Graduate College Distinguished Dissertation Award automatically becomes the subsequent Graduate College nominee for the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award sponsored annually by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) for the awardee’s disciplinary field of competition for the CGS Dissertation Award. The 2024 CGS fields of competition are Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering and Social Sciences.  See notes below for definition of these areas and for future competition areas. 

The Nominating Process:  Graduate Coordinators are invited to solicit nominations from their graduate faculty for the Graduate College Distinguished Dissertation Award. A program may submit only one nomination to the Graduate College.  In the event that more than one nomination is forwarded to the Graduate Coordinator, it is the responsibility of the graduate faculty to meet to determine which nomination will be forwarded to the Graduate College. In keeping with the competition requirements set by the Council of Graduate Schools, the effective date of degree award, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must lie in the period of July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024. The nomination must be made by the Graduate Coordinator.

Supporting Materials: Nomination materials must include the following (all PDF format):

  • a dissertation abstract, not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages of text.  The abstract must contain the title of the dissertation and the name of the author. In addition, appendices containing nontextual material such as charts or tables may be included.  The pages should be numbered and each should bear the name of the nominee;
  • the OhioLink web address to access the dissertation;
  • a brief (one-page recommended) CV of the nominee;
  • a letter of nomination from the Graduate Coordinator on behalf of the graduate faculty;
  • a letter of support from the dissertation advisor;
  • a letter of support from one other referee in the student’s graduate program. (Letters of support should include an evaluation of the significance and quality of the work and should be addressed to The Graduate College Awards Committee)

Selection Criteria: The successful nominee’s dissertation should represent superior work in the nominee’s discipline or interdisciplinary area of concentration. The dissertation will be judged on substantive and methodological quality, originality of thought, and clarity. 

Award Selection Committee: The Graduate College Awards Committee, comprised of faculty scholars from BGSU, will evaluate nominations and select the winner. 

Deadline for Nominations: All materials must be submitted electronically to the Graduate College (Alexia Coffman) at alexiac@bgsu.edu by 5:00 p.m., April 21, 2024.


  • Fields to be considered for the 2024 award (completion date = July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024):
    • Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering: Mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, data processing, systems analysis, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, geology, meteorology, Astronomy, metallurgy, geophysics, pharmaceutical chemistry; aeronautical, architectural, biomedical, ceramic, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering sciences; environmental health engineering, geological, mechanical, mining, nuclear, and petroleum engineering.
    • Social Sciences: agricultural economics, geography, anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, sociology, government (political science), demography, and psychology. Please note that for purposes of this competition, history is classed within the humanities and is not a field of competition this year.
  • Future awards areas:
    • The CGS/ProQuest Award operates on a two-year cycle in regard to fields of competition. Please plan your submissions accordingly, as we can only consider a dissertation once.
    • 2025
      • Anticipated completion date July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2025
      • The fields of competition for 2025 will be Biology/Life Sciences and the Humanities and Fine Arts.

**Awards may be subject to taxation

Updated: 03/07/2024 11:34AM