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CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Prize Amount: $500 and entrance in the CGS/ProQuest competition as an official University of Utah nominee

For: all graduate students and graduates of the University of Utah who have defended an eligible dissertation

Due: Friday, June 11, 2021

The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes dissertations that represent original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Each year, CGS and ProQuest choose two discipline fields as categories for the award. This year’s categories are Biological Sciences/Life Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts.

Students, administration, faculty, and staff may nominate dissertations for consideration.

Students chosen for the award from the University of Utah will receive $500 and be entered in the highly prestigious national CGS/ProQuest competition.

National CGS/ProQuest Competition

Two CGS/ProQuest 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 in December 2021, in New Orleans, LA. Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered.

Individuals cannot apply separately to the national award. Only winners of the University of Utah nominating competition can be entered in the national competition.


  • All graduate students and graduates of the University of Utah who have defended an eligible dissertation.
  • A dissertation must have passed its defense (or be scheduled to defend) in the timeframe between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021
  • Categories 
    • Biological Sciences/Life Sciences: biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields (health sciences). Also included are agriculture, forestry, zoology; and related fields.
    • Humanities and Fine Arts: history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.
    • If a dissertation is multi- or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by at least one of the 2021 fields of competition.
Last Updated: 8/17/21