Distinguished Thesis Award

The Graduate Council’s Distinguished Thesis Awards recognize and reward Missouri State students for exemplary scholarship and research.


The nominated student must have earned his or her master’s degree within the 2 year period ending the past June 30th. 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.

In odd years nominations are accepted in the categories of Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities (including History). In even years, the categories are Social Sciences and Physical Sciences. The winner of the campus awards become our nominees for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) awards to be awarded the following spring.

How to nominate a student

Every department with a graduate program in an appropriate category may submit one nomination for the award.

Nomination materials must all be submitted ELECTRONICALLY and must include

  • A copy of the final version 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 1st.  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 recipients of the Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards will receive a commemorative plaque from the Graduate Council.

The winners will also automatically be the university nominees in the relevant categories for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards.