The CAST Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Award thesis category recognizes outstanding theses. It also identifies one exemplary thesis for submission to the Fisher Thesis Competition sponsored by the Graduate School.Apply or Nominate for the Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Award - Thesis
Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Award - Thesis
$200 and a recognition plaque
$250 for scholarly activity
Second Monday of September
Students who have earned their master's degree within the calendar year are eligible.
Include the following information and materials.
Your resume must include your mailing address, email, and phone number.
Submit two letters of support. One letter must come from your committee chair.
Address the following issues in the letters:
- The quality and validity of the research
- The importance of the research to the discipline
- The student's level of participation in the project
- Any presentations/publications which have come from the project
The CAST Research Committee (CRC) reviews each entry. Research is evaluated using the following criteria:
- Quality and validity of the research work
- Clarity and explicitness of research documentation
- Significance of the research to the field of study
Reviews are completed and announced on or before November 1. All entries will be ranked. The highest ranking thesis receives CAST Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Award, Thesis Category. The CRC may choose not to make the award in a given year.
The winning materials will be submitted to the Fisher Thesis Competition. The Graduate School will select thesis as winner and runner-up for the University competition and a thesis for submission to the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) competition.
Each department may submit one entry. The use of department guidelines in determining the entry from each respective department is encouraged.