CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

The University of Utah Yuput announces its call for nominations for the 2017 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Students chosen for the award from the University of Utah will receive $500 and be entered in the highly prestigious national CGS/ProQuest competition.

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 and Humanities/Fine Arts.

To be eligible, a dissertation must have passed its defense (or be scheduled to defend) in the timeframe between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017. Students, administration, faculty, and staff may nominate dissertations for consideration.

Nomination packets must include the following.

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

Nomination packets should be submitted to [email protected] by May 15, 2017.

For more information about the national award, please visit . 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.




The following disciplines are accepted under the Biological Sciences and Humanities/Fine Arts categories.

Biological Sciences:  biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields. Also included are agriculture, forestry, 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 2017 fields of competition.