Graduate School

MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award Procedure

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annually solicits for nominations for the MAGS 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 2018 competition. Internal applications are due to the Graduate School no later than 4pm on October 10, 2017.


Eligible students

  • will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017 in the fields of:
    • Biological/Life Sciences OR
    • Humanities
  • 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 school may nominate one candidate for either or both of the eligible fields.  Each unit may determine its own selection method for its nominee.

The 2019 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Social Sciences or Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering.


Advisors may nominate eligible students by submitting 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:

    Michael Barr, PhD
    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    325 North Wells Street
    Chicago, IL 69654

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 10, 2017 to the Graduate School via e-mail ( or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth). Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.


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

  • A $750 honorarium.
  • Travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting.  This year's meeting will be April 4-6, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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