CAGS/ProQuest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards
The CAGS/ProQuest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize Canadian 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 Citation Certificate, and travel expenses of up to $1,500 to attend the 2017 CAGS conference in Quebec City.
- A dissertation in any discipline in engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences completed and accepted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
- 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 January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
Each UBC graduate program may nominate one dissertation to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00pm on Friday, 17 February 2017. 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
- 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.Given UBC’s increased emphasis on the protection of personal privacy, G+PS will not accept electronic files via email. Rather, we are asking graduate programs to upload their files to their UBC Workspace folder (named G+PS Awards – GradProgram; e.g., G+PS Awards - EDST). If you are unfamiliar with Workspace, please see the post at: https://faculty-staff.grad.ubc.ca/group/3909/content/4925 (CWL authentication required) for instructions on how your program-specific folder works.
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 CAGS/ProQuest-UMI competition.