Scholarships and Awards

WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master's Thesis and Innovation in Technology Awards

The WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for the Biological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Engineering and the WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the master’s level. Nominations will be accepted in any of the above-listed disciplines in which the institution offers a Master’s degree.

The WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master's Thesis and/or Final Master’s Capstone Project Award in the Creative, Visual and Performing Arts 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.

The WAGS/ ProQuest Innovation in Technology Award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the Master's or doctoral level. This award is given for the development of an innovative technology in a thesis or dissertation and its utilization for the creative solution of a a major problem.

The Awards are granted by the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and are sponsored by ProQuest.

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  • Value
    Recipient will receive $1,000, a certificate of award, and travel expenses for the recipient to attend the WAGS Annual Conference and Awards luncheon to be held in Boise, Idaho in March 2021.
  • Eligibility

    See the Eligibility Criteria for each awards:

    WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master's Thesis and Innovation in Technology Award Criteria

    The scholarly “product” eligible for this competition is a formal written thesis. If a nominating department offers both a thesis option and a project option, only the thesis is acceptable for consideration for this award. The nominee must have successfully defended and submitted the final copy of their thesis for the Master's degree (or doctoral thesis for Innovation in Technology Award) within the period July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

    WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master's Thesis and/or Final Master’s Capstone Project Award in the Creative, Visual and Performing Arts Criteria

    The scholarly or creative work eligible for this competition is one of the following:

    1. A traditional, formal written thesis;
    2. A major capstone paper or creative product (e.g. collection of poetry);
    3. An audio, video, or digital file of a performance, portfolio, or exhibition.

    Since many fine and performing arts Master’s projects involve a combination of written and artistic products, both may be submitted for review (if applicable) and considered in the decision for the award.
    Nominees must have successfully completed all requirements for their scholarly or creative work in the context of degree progression and/or completion. Typically, this means that a written thesis will have been successfully defended and final copy submitted; their major capstone paper or creative product will have been submitted and evaluated for degree completion; or their performance, portfolio, or exhibition will have been publicly presented and/or evaluated for degree completion, as appropriate within the period of July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

  • Selection Criteria

    WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master's Thesis and Innovation in Technology Awards

    1. Originality of the study
    2. Scope and significance of the study
    3. Contribution to the discipline and/or profession
    4. Overall quality of the summary and abstract of the thesis

    WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master's Thesis and/or Final Master’s Capstone Project Award in the Creative, Visual and Performing Arts

    1. Originality
    2. Aesthetic merit
    3. Technical execution
    4. Potential to reach beyond the original academic audience through future performance, exhibition, or publication.

    Finalists will be asked to provide an electronic copy of the thesis and/or project.

  • Application Procedures
    There is no application form; eligible students will be considered automatically by their home department and nominated to the FGSR for final selection.
  • Nomination Procedures
  • Adjudication Procedures
    The FGSR Graduate Scholarship Committee adjudicates the competition and FGSR submits one nomination (per award, if applicable) to the WAGS National Office by the WAGS deadline. Successful nominees will be notified directly by WAGS.
  • Deadline

    The deadline for Departments to submit one nomination per award via GSMS is Friday, August 21, 2020 before 4 pm.