Texas A&M Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Graduate and Professional School annually recognizes dissertations that have made a significant, impactful contribution to their discipline.

Awards are made in four broad fields:

  • Biological Sciences and Life Sciences:
    • biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields (health sciences). Also included are agriculture, forestry, zoology; and related fields.
  • Humanities and Fine Arts:
    • history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering:
    • Mathematics: mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, data processing, systems analysis;
    • Physical Sciences: chemistry, earth sciences, physics, geology, meteorology, astronomy, metallurgy, geophysics, pharmaceutical chemistry;
    • Engineering: aeronautical, architectural, biomedical, ceramic, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering sciences; environmental health engineering; geological, mechanical, mining, nuclear, and petroleum engineering.
  • Social Sciences:
    • agricultural economics, geography, anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, sociology, government (political science), demography, and psychology.

Eligibility: Recipients of Texas A&M doctoral degrees are eligible, with graduation date between Summer 2019 and Spring 2021.

Submission of Nomination Packet:

  1. Completion of nomination form.
  2. An abstract of the nominee’s dissertation (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages). Appendices containing other material, such as charts, tables, and/or references, may be included as additional pages (not to exceed 10 pages).
  3. 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.
  4. The nominee’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages).
  5. Submit packet no later than March 8, 2021.

Note: The nomination package must be sent as a single pdf document with the file saved as: last name of the nominee and department (e.g., Smith_History) to grad-award-admin@tamu.edu. Please indicate the field of competition in the subject line. Mailed or faxed submissions will not be accepted.

Award Information
Four Texas A&M Distinguished Dissertation Awards, each consisting of an award of $1,000 and a certificate of recognition.

Selection Process: The Graduate and Professional School will name an Award Committee whose members have established records in the disciplinary areas under consideration. Additional consultation may be sought at the discretion of the committee members. The nominated dissertations should represent original work making an unusually significant contribution to the disciplines. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged.

Questions? For questions about the Texas A&M Distinguished Dissertation Award, please contact George Cunningham, gbcunningham@tamu.edu.

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