CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards
The CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize exceptional doctoral dissertations that make significant, original contributions to both the academic community and to Canadian society. There are two awards: one for engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences; and one for fine arts, humanities and social sciences. They include a $1,500 prize, a a Citation Certificate, travel expenses of up to $1,500 to attend the 2020 CAGS 58th Annual Conference in November in Ottawa, and the opportunity to connect with scholars from across Canada.
- A dissertation in any discipline in engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences completed and accepted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.
- A dissertation in any discipline in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences completed and accepted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.
Each UBC graduate program may nominate one dissertation to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 pm on Friday, 21 February 2020. A complete nomination package must include the following:
- a letter of support from the graduate program, which also includes the following information:
- a description of the process used to select the nominee
- the name and departmental affiliation of the nominee’s research supervisor
- the name and affiliation of the external examiner
- the date of the defence and the date of final acceptance of the dissertation by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- 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
- 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.
- an abstract of the dissertation, not exceeding 350 words, written by the candidate in non-technical language
- an up-to-date c.v. of the nominee
Submitting nominations to G+PS:
Graduate programs are to submit all nomination materials as electronic, rather than hard-copy, files. Graduate programs are to upload their files to their UBC Workspace folder (named G+PS Awards – GradProgram; e.g., G+PS Awards - EDST).
Please follow our file naming conventions:
- For a dissertation in engineering, medical sciences or natural sciences ("NSE"):
- ex. CAGS_NSE_EECE_Smith_Nancy.pdf
- For a dissertation in the fine arts, humanities and social sciences ("SSH"):
- ex. CAGS_SSH_CNER_Blackstock_Norman.pdf
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee which will nominate one dissertation in each category to the national competition.