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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: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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 Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering and Social Sciences.

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 2022, in San Francisco, CA. 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, 2020 and June 30, 2022
  • Categories 
    • 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 within the humanities and is not a field of competition this year.
    • If a dissertation is multi- or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by at least one of the 2022 fields of competition.
Last Updated: 6/6/22