Graduate College

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award



The Graduate College is pleased to announce 2019-2020 competition for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. This competition is intended to honor outstanding scholarship by UNI graduate students and to provide increased visibility for UNI graduate programs.  Each advisor may nominate a maximum of two students for this award.

Nominees must have earned their doctoral degree in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019. The evaluation committee will include members of the Regular Graduate Faculty. Each dissertation will be judged on the following criteria: clarity, scholarship, methodology, significance, and contribution to the field of study.

Two selections will be made for this award: a 1st place and a 2nd place with a corresponding cash award for each recipient.  The evaluation committee may elect not to make an award.

Nominations for this competition are now being accepted. A single copy of the nominated work, preferably electronic, a cover letter from the faculty dissertation advisor, the current mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the graduate student, and the student's one-page resume must be submitted to the Graduate College Office (e-mail to on Friday, October 25, 2019 by 4.30 PM. The award will be presented at the Annual Graduate Faculty Meeting in the spring and all hard copy works will be returned shortly thereafter. Contact: Associate Dean of the Graduate College at (319) 273-2748.