WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award

The Graduate School seeks nominations from students, faculty, staff, and administrators for the University of Utah’s submission to the WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award. Each year, the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and University Microfilms International (UMI) choose an outstanding dissertation or Masters thesis which demonstrates the development of a new technology or the new application of technology in a creative way to solve a problem.

To be eligible, nominees must have earned the master’s or doctoral degree within the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, scholarly significance of the technology, and overall quality. The winner of the University of Utah’s nominating contest will win $250 and be entered in the national contest.

Nomination packets must include the following.

  • University of Utah Nomination Form
  • Abstract of the dissertation or Masters thesis (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages)
  • A letter of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the nominee’s work. Letter should be from the nominee’s supervisor or a member of the approval committee.
  • Author’s Curriculum Vitae

Nomination packets should be submitted to info@gradschool@utah.edu by June 15, 2017.

For more information about the national award, please visit the WAGS website: WAGS Website. Please note, however, that individuals cannot apply separately to the national award. Only winners of the University of Utah nominating competition can be entered in the national competition.