Nomination Deadline:  12 noon, Monday, October 14, 2013



The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations in two of four categories that alternate every two years.  For the 2014 cycle, MAGS is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards in the broad categories of Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities.  In the following year, the two categories will be Social Sciences and Physical Sciences/Engineering.

Eligible nominees must have been awarded the Master's degree between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013.  Nominations will be accepted in the disciplines of the Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities.  For purposes of this competition, history is considered with the humanities.  Original works accepted by an institution "in lieu of thesis" (such as musical compositions, published books, works of art, computer software, etc.) may not be nominated.

Each eligible graduate program may submit one nomination of a Plan A master's thesis. A PDF nomination package should be submitted to the Graduate Fellowship Office, gsfellow@umn.edu, by 12 noon on Monday, October 14. No hard-copy is required. An email response will be sent acknowledging receipt of nomination.

The PDF nomination file should include documents #1-3, in the following order:

1) A one-page nomination letter, signed by the DGS; 
2) a 300-word abstract describing the research and its significance, including the thesis title and name of the author but not the name of the nominating institution; and
3) a letter of support from the adviser.

An electronic copy of the thesis should also be provided, separate from the PDF nomination file.

The recipients of the award will receive a $500 honorarium and will be nominated to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools’ (MAGS) annual Distinguished Master’s Thesis competition.  The national MAGS winner will receive a $750 honorarium and will be invited to the MAGS annual meeting in spring 2014. 

Directors of Graduate Studies will be notified of the nomination selection outcome. 

Please call (612) 625-7579 or e-mail gsfellow@umn.edu if you have any questions.