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Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Graduate College invites nominations for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize from the department chairperson for doctoral students who complete their dissertation in the term of Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020 or Spring 2020. Please submit this form with the supporting documents by May 1, 2020. The Outstanding Dissertation Prize is awarded annually in the following discipline groups:



May 1, 2020




Dan Rich Doctoral Dissertation Award

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 Doctoral Dissertation Award

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

George Herbert Ryden Doctoral Dissertation Award

In the Social Sciences (Criminology, Disaster Science and Management, Economics, Education, Energy and Environmental Policy, Human Development and Family Sciences, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology and Urban Affairs and Public Policy)

Allan P. Colburn Doctoral Dissertation Award

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

Theodore Wolf Doctoral Dissertation Award

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

Interdisciplinary Research Doctoral Dissertation Award

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 Graduate College. 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 field (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 Graduate College.

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



2019 Application

University Dissertation Prize Nomination Form


Maximum upload size: 100MB
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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