Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

Outstanding Master's PhotoEach fall, each UIS graduate program may nominate one thesis or project for this award, using these Nomination Guidelines (PDF).

Nominations are due September 21, 2018.

By November 1 the Research Board selects and Outstanding Master’s Thesis or Project, using criteria as outlined in Scholarship Assessed, (Glassick et. al.)

Current and Prior Winners

Outstanding Master Thesis 2016-17

2015-2016
Amelia Owre
Environmental Studies

2014-2015
Hillary Rikli
Biology

2013-2014
Justin Ramey
Biology

2012-2013
Christopher Young
Environmental Studies

2011-2012
Sarah Collins
English

2010-2011
Stephanie Marie Ebersohl
English

2009-2010
Vera Leopold
Environmental Studies

2008-2009
Kelsi Megan Kerns
Communication

2007-2008
Heather Wikens
History

2006-2007
Denise Howard Long
English

2005-2006
Joshua Alan Doetsch
English

2004-2005
Patrick Pospisek
History

2003-2004
Tracy DiMezzo
Biology

2002-2003
Kristine Muschal
English

2001-2002
Laura E. Johnson
History

2000-2001
Madeline Gumble
History

Evaluation Criteria

Clear Goals

  • Does the scholar state the basic purposed of his or her work clearly?
  • Does the scholar define objectives that are realistic and achievable?
  • Does the scholar identify important questions in the field?

Adequate Preparation

  • Does the scholar show an understanding of existing scholarship in the field?
  • Does the scholar bring the necessary skills to his or her work?
  • Does the scholar bring together the resources necessary to move the project forward?

Appropriate Methods

  • Does the scholar use methods appropriate to the goals?
  • Does the scholar apply effectively the methods selected?
  • Does the scholar modify procedures in response to changing circumstances?

Significant Results

  • Does the scholar achieve the goals?
  • Does the scholars’ work add consequentially to the field?
  • Does the scholar’s work open additional areas for further exploration?

Effective Presentation

  • Does the scholar use a suitable style and effective organization to present his or her work?
  • Does the scholar use appropriate forums for communicating work to its intended audiences?
  • Does the scholar present his or her message with clarity and integrity?

Reflective Critique

  • Does the scholar critically evaluate his or her own work?
  • Does the scholar bring an appropriate breadth of evidence to his or her critique?
  • Does the scholar use evaluation to improve the quality of future work?

The thesis chosen as the campus’ Outstanding Master’s Thesis is forwarded to the Midwest Association of Graduate School’s (MAGS) annual Outstanding Master’s Thesis competition. A reception honoring all departmental nominees and their faculty mentors is held early in the spring semester. Please note that Master’s Projects are ineligible for MAGS submission

Questions regarding this process should be directed to Research and Sponsored Programs.