Argersinger Dissertation Award
February 19 - March 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM CST
Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas, which rotate every year.
Even Year Categories
- mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering
- social sciences
Odd Year Categories
- biological and life sciences
- humanities and fine arts
One Argersinger Dissertation Award will be awarded this year in each of the following areas for a total of two (2) awards:
Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering
These include programs in the areas of mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, data processing, systems analysis, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, geology, meteorology, astronomy, metallurgy, geophysics,
pharmaceutical chemistry; aeronautical, architectural, biomedical, ceramic, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering sciences; environmental health engineering; geological, mechanical, mining, nuclear, and petroleum engineering.
These include programs in the areas of agricultural economics, geography, anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, sociology, government (political science), demography, and psychology.
Note: if a dissertation is multi- or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by at least one of the current year's fields of competition.
Any KU doctoral student who meets all of the following criteria is eligible to be nominated.
- Is currently enrolled in/graduated from a Lawrence/Edwards-based doctoral degree plan;
- Must have graduated between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023 or be on track to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree, including defense and submission of the final dissertation by the posted spring 2024 graduation deadline (students can verify graduation requirements and deadlines with departments and in the KU academic calendar).
- Summer 2024 graduates should be nominated for the next award cycle.
Each winner of the Argersinger Dissertation Award will receive a monetary prize of $1,500 and a certificate of recognition. Winners will be presented at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony in May 2024, where the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies will recognize their significant achievement.
The winners of the Argersinger Awards will also be considered for nomination to the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award (more information here). See below for additional details of the CGS/ProQuest award submission requirements.
Nomination Process & Documents
Each department with a Lawrence- or Edwards-based doctoral program is invited to submit one (1) nomination. As part of the nomination process, the department must indicate in which of the following categories the dissertation should be considered.
- Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering
- Social Sciences
Departments should be prepared to submit the following:
- A copy of the dissertation
- A letter of nomination (PDF) that addresses:
- dissertation's quality, originality, and significance within the discipline as well as potential impact outside of the immediate field of study, and,
- indicates to a person outside the discipline why the dissertation represents outstanding work in the field.
Nominees will be reviewed by the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty by the following criteria to select the finalist for each category.
- Documentation of academic excellence, quality, and significance within the discipline/field
- Potential impact of research
- Evidence of importance or impact both within and beyond the field
Additional Details for Award Winners
The winners of the Argersinger Dissertation Awards will also be considered for nomination to the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award (more information here). Those selected for nomination will be required to submit the following:
- An abstract of the nominee’s dissertation (not to exceed five double-spaced pages). Appendices containing other material, such as charts, tables, and/or references may be included as additional pages (not to exceed five pages). All pages should be numbered, and each should bear the name of the nominee.
- Three letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the nominee’s dissertation work. One of these letters is to be from the nominee's dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the nominee's dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the nominee's choice.
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages).