Award for Outstanding Thesis

An Outstanding Thesis Award will be available for 1-2 theses completed in the 2016/2017 academic year.  The winners will each receive $500.  In addition, the winners will be presented at the University’s commencement ceremony in May and will sit with the platform party. Interested students are encouraged to contact your faculty advisor or department early in the Spring as your thesis must be nominated by your college.

Each college is invited to nominate one outstanding thesis for consideration for this prestigious award.  Students with degrees awarded in May, August, and December of 2016 and those with degrees to be awarded in May 2017 are eligible.  We continue to include the prior May degree recipients so that high quality work completed too late for last year’s college selection process can participate this year.  One restriction remains; nominees sent forward to the Graduate Studies Committee last year may not be nominated again.  The deadline for this year’s competition is March 3, 2017.  Colleges may forward their nominee anytime before the March 4 deadline.

Those nominated must provide an electronic copy of the thesis, a reference letter from the master's committee chairperson, and the Outstanding Thesis Award Information Form (completed by the nominee). In addition, a second letter of reference from the college committee or dean should be provided. The letters should indicate the reasons for the nominee's selection, including some indication of the contribution made by the thesis to knowledge in the field. We ask in addition that the student fill out the Permission to Publish form and return it to the Graduate Studies office; this may be done after the final selection of the Outstanding Theses by the Graduate Studies Committee and notification of the student of the award.  

Please contact Dr. David Bruck at with any questions you have about this process.

Past Winners of the Outstanding Thesis Award

The 2015-2016 winner of the Outstanding Thesis Award was

Amanda Feldman
Thesis Title: From Trauma to Trial: Proposing New Methods for Examining the Variability of Sharp Force Trauma on Bone
Thesis Chair:  Elizabeth Weiss
Anthropology. December 2015