Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Award
The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards. The awards are to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.
For the 2021-2022 cycle, MAGS is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Thesis Awards in the two broad categories of the (1) Biological/Life Sciences and (2) Humanities. Each school can nominate one (1) thesis per broad category.
See below for a full listing of eligible disciplines. The effective date of degree awarded, or the completion of master’s degree requirements, must fall between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021.
Each nomination must include
A statement of support from the school/college (statements can be provided to the school for the application by the nominee's advisor, DGS, chair, associate dean, or dean). The statement should provide insight on the level of scholarship and research demonstrated within the thesis, and should explain how this original work makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline, as well as any impacts beyond the discipline.
An abstract of the nominated thesis, submitted as a standalone document.
Full list of eligible disciplines within the two broad categories:
1 - Biological Sciences/Life Sciences: biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields (health sciences). Also included are agriculture, forestry, zoology; and related fields.
2 - Humanities and Fine Arts: history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.
Nominations must be made by the nominee’s school using the form below. Inclusion of an additional letter of support by from the faculty mentor as part of the submission is encouraged. Nominations must be submitted electronically; no paper nominations will be accepted. You will receive an email confirmation once your submission is complete.
Top nominees will be selected to represent KU in the regional competition. Each recipient of a MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award will receive a $750 honorarium. In addition, up to $750 will be available to each recipient for travel expenses to attend the MAGS 77th Annual Meeting, April 6-8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The faculty mentor or thesis advisor will also be invited to attend the presentation ceremony, but their expenses will not be covered.
You may submit a nomination for the 2021-2022 competition below. The deadline for submission of materials is 5:00pm October 22, 2021.