ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

2020 CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

 

CAGS Now Accepting Nominations for the 2020 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, CAGS was forced to postpone the submission period for the 2020 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. For more than twenty years, this award has recognized and celebrated exceptional doctoral researchers making an impact in their field of study. CAGS is committed to continuing this tradition despite the present challenges, and it is with pleasure that we announce the re-opening of the award for 2020.

CAGS is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Award. The new deadline for submitting a nomination package is Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

Eligible dissertations must have been completed and accepted by the Graduate School between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. We invite submissions of dissertations in both official languages.

This year, a first and second place winner will be selected from each of the following categories:

  1. Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Natural Sciences
  2. Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The adjudication process will take place during the month of October, and the winners will be announced in November. First place winners will receive a cash prize of $1,500, and all finalists will receive a certificate of recognition and an opportunity to attend the 58th Annual CAGS Conference, to be held virtually in 2021.

Note: Several member institutions have already submitted nomination packages for this award earlier in the year. We have held these applications and will include them in the 2020 adjudication process. If you wish to include updates to these nominations (new publications only), or to inquire about the status of the nomination package, please write to info@cags.ca.

For more information about the CAGS/ProQuest Dissertation Award, or to submit a nomination package, please see below.

About the Award

The CAGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. They were established in 1994 and are presented annually. There are two awards: one for engineering, medical sciences, and natural sciences; and one for fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. The awards are granted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) and are sponsored by ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Winners from each award category will be awarded a $1,500 cash prize, and all finalists will receive a certificate of recognition and an opportunity to attend the 58th Annual CAGS Conference, to be held virtually in November.

Eligibility

Eligible Dissertations include:

  1. A dissertation in any discipline in engineering, medical sciences, and natural sciences completed and accepted by the Graduate School between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.
  2. A dissertation in any discipline in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences completed and accepted by the Graduate School between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Note: In interdisciplinary domains or in fields that overlap the two broad areas in which the prizes are given, the Dean of Graduate Studies must decide for which prize it is appropriate to submit the dissertation.

Nomination Procedure

Member institutions may submit two nominations – one for each category of award.

Each nomination must include:

  1. A letter of support from the Dean of Graduate Studies, which also includes the following information:
    1. A description of the process used to select the nominee;
    2. The name and departmental affiliation of the nominee’s research supervisor;
    3. The name and affiliation of the external examiner;
    4. The date of the defence and the date of final acceptance of the dissertation by the Graduate School (the date at which the final copy of the thesis, including all required corrections, is submitted to the graduate school).
  2. A letter from the student’s supervisor or program director describing the reasons for the nomination, and why the dissertation constitutes a significant piece of original work.
  3. A copy of the external examiner’s pre-defence report. The examiner’s report must be dated and signed or otherwise authenticated by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  4. An abstract of the dissertation, not exceeding 350 words, written by the candidate in non-technical language (the candidate should also be aware of their nomination for the award and provide the information in items 4 and 5; should this not be possible the reasons must be given in the letter from the dean).
  5. An up-to-date c.v. of the nominee.
  6. The name and coordinates of the person to contact for questions relating to the nomination.

Deadline for Submissions

The new deadline for submitting nominations for the CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award is Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

Completed nomination packages should be sent electronically in a single file to info@cags.ca, with “CAGS/ACES Dissertation Award” included in the subject line.

Note: Several member institutions have already submitted nomination packages for this award earlier in the year. We have held these applications and will include them in the 2020 adjudication process. If you wish to include updates to these nominations (new publications only), or to inquire about the status of the nomination package, please write to info@cags.ca.

2019
Dr. Janelle Marie Baker, Anthropology Department, McGill University
Dr. Soren Mellerup, Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University

2018
Dr. Ashley Whillans, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia.
Dr. Christian Reimer, Department of Physics, National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS)

2017
Dr. Boyang Zhang, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto.
Dr. Leila Qashu, Department of Ethnomusicology, Memorial University.

2016
Dr. Douglas Hunter, Department of History, York University.
Dr. Drew Higgins, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo.

2015
Dr. Bree Akesson, School of Social Work, McGill University.
Dr. Michelle (Tonkin) Parker, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria.

2014
Dr. Eric Weissman, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University.
Dr. Daniel Boyce, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University.

2013
Dr. Laura Bisaillon, Department of Population Health, University of Ottawa.
Dr. Aaron Shafer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta.