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Thesis/Dissertation Prizes - Guidelines

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will award a maximum of six (6) thesis prizes for exceptional theses defended in a given year (i.e., calendar year January 1 to December 31). Normally three (3) of these will be awarded for Master's theses and three (3) for Doctoral dissertations.
  1. The value of the awards will be $1,000.00 for Doctoral dissertations and $500.00 for Master's theses.

  2. The deadline for nomination, which must include a final copy of the thesis or dissertation together with the report from the nominating program, will be February 1.
  3. Only one Master's thesis and one Doctoral dissertation may be nominated by a program in any one year.

  4. The thesis or dissertation must have been recognised by the then examining committee as being outstanding before it may be nominated.

  5. Normally a decision of the examining committee to nominate a thesis or dissertation should be unanimous. Where a decision is not unanimous, but the committee wishes to nominate the thesis or dissertation, the written letter of nomination must represent the division of opinion and indicate why, notwithstanding the division of opinion, the thesis or dissertation should be nominated.

  6. It is the responsibility of the Program Director to prepare the nomination. The submission must include:

    1. a final copy of the thesis or dissertation (bound copies are requested);
    2. a statement from the examining committee expressing support of the thesis or dissertation as being outstanding;
    3. the report of the external examiner where applicable;
    4. a statement from the Chair of the committee, supported by the examining committee, detailing those elements of the thesis or dissertation which make it exceptional; and
    5. a statement from the Program Director.

    The statement from the Program Director should include:

    1. the criteria used by the program in making its nomination;
    2. the reasons why this particular thesis or dissertation rather than some other thesis or dissertation was chosen;
    3. where applicable, a comparison of the thesis or dissertation nominated this year with previous nominations; and
    4. where a Program Director nominates a thesis or dissertation for a prize and the recommendation from the examining committee is not unanimous, the statement from the examining committee should be included as detailed in item 5 above.

  7. The Scholarships and Grants Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies may seek advice from other members of the University before reaching their decisions.
  8. The decisions of the Scholarships and Grants Committee will be final. The results will be announced at the Spring Convocation each year when the recipients will receive the awards.

Policy approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Council, January 7, 1993




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