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MAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Thesis Award Procedure

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annually solicits for nominations for the MAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level. Each member of MAGS may nominate one candidate for the award in each disciplinary category.

MAGS is currently soliciting for nominations for the 2021 competition. Internal applications are due to the Graduate School no later than 4pm on October 8, 2020.

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Eligible students

  • will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020 in the fields of:
    • Social Sciences OR
    • Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering
  • will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis

Each department or college may nominate one candidate for either or both of the eligible fields.  Each unit may determine its own selection method for its nominee.

The 2022 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Biological/Life Sciences or Humanities (history is considered with humanities).


Each department or college may nominate one eligible student in each disciplinary category. The department chair or college dean will submit to the Graduate School:

  1. A 300-word abstract of the nominated thesis that includes the significance of the research. Include the title of the work and name of the student, but not the University.
  2. A support letter from the advisor. Please address letter to:

    Dr. Denise Collins, Dean
    Indiana State University
    College of Graduate and Professional Studies
    217 N. 6th St.
    Terre Haute, IN 47809 

Note that the Graduate School has access to all theses electronically, so the thesis is not needed to nominate a student. Nomination packets are due by 4pm, October 8, 2020 to the Graduate School via e-mail ( Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.


Recipients of the MAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award will receive:

  • A $750 honorarium.
  • Travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting.  The MAGS 77thAnnual Meeting will be March 24- 26, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.

The faculty mentor or thesis advisor will also be invited to attend the presentation ceremony.

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