Distinguished Thesis Award

The Graduate Council’s Distinguished Thesis Award recognizes and rewards Missouri State students for exemplary scholarship and research.


The nominated student must have earned his or her master’s degree within the calendar year from October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015.

Students who received a PhD or a comparable research degree in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis are not eligible. However, recipients of a first professional degree awarded prior to the writing of the thesis may be nominated.

How to nominate a student

Every department with a graduate program may submit one nomination for the award.

Nomination materials must all be submitted electronically and must include

  • One abstract (not to exceed 300 words and must contain the title of the thesis and the name of the author but NOT the name of the nominating institution)
  • One copies of the thesis 
  • A letter of endorsement from a faculty mentor or graduate coordinator
  • A one-page resume of the nominee
  • A two page summary in the student’s own words describing how the thesis contributes to knowledge within their discipline.

Electronic nominations must be submitted to the Graduate College before 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2015.  Submission can be made to GraduateCollege@missouristate.edu

Original works accepted by a department or program instead of a thesis — musical compositions, published books, works of art, computer software, etc. — may not be nominated.

Prize items

The recipient of the Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award will receive a commemorative plaque from the Graduate Council.

The winner will also automatically be the university nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award.