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 a Certificate of Award, $1,000, and travel expenses for the recipient to attend the WAGS Annual Conference and Awards luncheon to be held in Albuquerque, NM in March, 2020.
  • 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 within the period July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

    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, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

  • Selection Criteria

    Initial screening will be based on four criteria for each award:

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

    1. Originality,
    2. Significance of the study,
    3. Overall quality, and
    4. Outcomes and accomplishments from 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

    For Graduate Departments:

    A memo with detailed instructions for departments can be found here.

    Detailed instructions for each award can be found below:

    Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award (STEM and Non-STEM)

    Innovation in Technology Award

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

  • 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

    Deadline for Departments to submit one nomination per award is Friday, August 23, 2019 before 4 pm.