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2020 deadline information will be available soon.

Through the generosity of William and Marnie Argersinger, and with the cooperation of the KU Endowment Association, Graduate Studies is pleased to offer the Argersinger Prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation. William J. Argersinger was the first vice chancellor for research and graduate studies and dean of the graduate school. This award includes a monetary prize and a certificate presented at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony in May.

Nomination Process

Each department at The University of Kansas with a doctoral program is invited to submit one (1) nomination. To nominate a doctoral student, please submit a letter of nomination using the submission portal below by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The nomination letter must briefly describe the dissertation's quality, originality and significance. The letter should indicate to a person outside the discipline why the dissertation is considered outstanding. Nominees must have defended their dissertation on or after April 9, 2018 but before April 9, 2019.

If the dissertation has been submitted through the ETD process, Graduate Studies will obtain a copy. If the dissertation has not been submitted, please arrange to provide Graduate Studies an electronic copy.

Award Information

Two Argersinger Dissertation Awards will be made, each consisting of a monetary prize of $1,250 and a certificate of recognition that will be presented at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Recipients of these awards are not required to be present at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, although we welcome the opportunity to present the award in person.
Nominations for the Argersinger awards will be considered for nomination for the Council of Graduate Schools/UMI distinguished dissertation award (more information here)


A faculty committee will review each submission and select two (2) dissertations for awarding. One award will be made to a dissertation from the humanities fields and one award will be made to a dissertation from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. All submissions will be separated into one of these two categories.




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