Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize

The Office of Graduate and Professional Education invites nominations for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize from the department chairperson for doctoral students who complete their dissertation in the term of Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018 or Spring 2018. Please submit this form with the supporting documents by April 16, 2018. The Outstanding Dissertation Prize is awarded annually in the following discipline groups:



APRIL 16, 2018




Dan Rich Prize

Awarded to a student who has through their doctoral work developed an idea and created the potential to make a valuable difference in the lives of Delawareans.

Wilbur Owen Sypherd Prize

In the Humanities; (Art History, English, History, Linguistics and Preservation Studies)

George Herbert Ryden Prize

In the Social Sciences; (Criminology, Disaster Science and Management, Economics, Education, Energy and Environmental Policy, Human Develop- ment and Family Studies, Psychology, Political Science & International Relations ,Sociology and Urban A airs and Public Policy)

Allan P. Colburn Prize

In the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering; (Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Ocean and Materials Science Engineering; Computer Science and Mathematics)

Theodore Wolf Prize

In the Physical and Life Sciences; (Animal and Food Sciences, Applied Physiology, Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Climatology, Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Geography, Geology, Marine Studies, Nursing Science, Oceanography, Plant & Soil Sciences and Physics)

Interdisciplinary Research Prize

In Interdisciplinary Research; (Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Biomechanics and Movement Science, Economic Education, Financial Services Analytics, Medical Sciences, Ocean Engineering and Water Science and Policy)


Application Instructions

One nomination per doctoral program may be submitted by the department chair (or dean, for colleges with no departments) to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. The nomination should consist of:

  1. A letter from the dissertation advisor that evaluates both the quality of the research and the dissertation’s contribution to knowledge in the nominee’s eld (Note: letters from members of the dissertation advisory committee may be included to provide additional informed views of the dissertation’s quality and significance to the field).
  2. A supporting letter from the department chair explaining why that dissertation was chosen as the best completed dissertation in the department or program.
  3. A copy of the dissertation.
  4. A copy of the external abstract as originally submitted with the dissertation to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.

NOTE: All documents must be combined and uploaded as one pdf with your application.



2018 Application

University Dissertation Prize Nomination Form


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This upload should include: Advisor letter, Department Chair letter, dissertation and copy of the external abstract as originally submitted with the dissertation combined as one pdf file.

Submitter Information



Remember to submit all supporting documentation as a single PDF.

Your application may not be considered if supporting documentation is not submitted as one continuous document.



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