Dissertation of the Year Award

Dissertation of the Year Award

We are excited to announce the return of the Dissertation of the Year Award! The award has changed, but still has the focus of highlighting excellence in our graduating doctoral students. A few years ago the Dissertation of the Year had to be discontinued. Now we have revamped how the nomination process works and changed the award the student will receive.  

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Eligibility and Criteria

Dissertation chairs will be able to nominate any student they feel exemplifies excellence in the dissertation. The student must have passed their dissertation defense with only minor revisions and the defense must have taken place within the year prior to the application due date. An exception will be made in the first two years of the award and the time period will be extended as follows:

For the 2018 April deadline all dissertations defended between January 1st 2016 – March 31st 2018 qualify.

For the 2019 April deadline all dissertations defended between April 1st 2018 – March 31st 2019 qualify, and this will be the timeframe for all years following.

All 2018 applications will be due on April 31st, 2018. 

Each year three Dissertation of the Year Awards will be given out, one each for the three focus areas of the UOPX doctoral programs: Healthcare, Education, and Business. One student will be selected for each of these areas. They may be invited to present their research at the annual Phoenix Knowledge without Boundaries Research Symposium (the costs of the flight and hotel will be covered), they will receive a plaque commemorating their excellent work, and they will receive a $500 award.

Review Process

The review of applications is done in three tiers and thus will take about 6 weeks. As soon as the awardees have been identified they and their dissertation chairs will be notified. The review process starts after the deadline has passed. 

Required Application Materials

Dissertation of the Year Application (filled out and submitted by the Chair)

A copy of the dissertation (submitted by the Chair)

Download The Dissertation of the Year Application Form

We look forward to receiving your applications! For any and all questions please contact the Office of Scholarship Support at OSS@phoenix.edu