Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

American Distinguished Dissertation Awards

First presented in 1981 and sponsored jointly by CGS and ProQuest Dissertations Publishing (a Division of ProQuest Information and Learning), these awards are made each year to individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.


Two CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards, each consisting of an award of $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, will be presented at the CGS Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on December 8, 2016, in Washington, DC. Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered. Only the winners and the nominating deans will be notified of the outcomes of the competition prior to the Awards Luncheon.


For 2016, the effective date of the degree awarded, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must lie in the period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016 inclusive, and the two broad fields are:
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering: Mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, data processing, systems analysis, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, geology, meteorology, astronomy, metallurgy, geophysics, pharmaceutical chemistry; aeronautical, architectural, biomedical, ceramic, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering sciences; environmental health engineering; geological, mechanical, mining, nuclear, and petroleum engineering.
  • Social Sciences: agricultural economics, geography, anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, sociology, government (political science), demography, and psychology. Please note that for purposes of this competition, history is classed with in the humanities and is not a field of competition in 2016.

Nomination Procedure

Graduate programs may submit one nomination to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by June 10, 2016. Please ensure that a candidate is aware of his or her nomination for the Award. Each program’s nomination must include the following:

Submitting Nominations to SGPS

The deadline for submissions to SGPS is Friday, June 10, 2016.  The nomination package must be sent to pmenzies@uwo.ca as a single PDF document. Please indicate the field of competition in the subject line. The SGPS Executive Committee will select two nominations – one for each Award category – and submit them to CGS by July 1, 2016.


For further information, please visit the CGS website or email either Julia Kent (jkent@cgs,nche.edu) or Anna Naranjo (anaranjo@cgs.nche.edu).