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GRADUATE DISSERTATION
AND THESIS AWARDS
OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM

To acknowledge the critical importance of producing quality dissertations and thesis, Oakland University is pleased to establish an annual competition to confer up to two Graduate Dissertations and one Thesis Award. The intent of the award is to showcase excellence in graduate work, and to partially defray the cost of producing an outstanding document. 

The deadline for nominations is FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016.

Nomination Forms are available through your department, along with the list of eligible Thesis and Dissertations. 

The awards will be for $1000 for a Ph.D. dissertation and $750 for a Masters thesis. 

In addition to these awards, two dissertations, one STEM and one non-STEM or thesis may be selected as the university's outstanding dissertation or thesis. With consent of the author, the Office of Graduate Education may forward the university's outstanding dissertation or thesis to the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award competition or the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master's Thesis Award competition, as appropriate. 

 ELIGIBILITY

Nominees must have received their graduate degrees in the Winter term, Summer term or Fall semester of the previous calendar year.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Any faculty member is eligible to submit a nomination for consideration by his or her graduate program; however, each graduate program may only submit one nomination per academic year. A completed nomination will consist of the following materials: 

  • A completed nomination form
  • A summary of the nominated work which clearly indicates the methodological and substantive quality of the dissertation or thesis
  • A cover letter from the program coordinator describing why the dissertation or thesis was chosen for nomination by the program
  • Two additional letters of support, one of which optimally will be from the dissertation or thesis supervisor 
  • A copy of the completed dissertation or thesis, (Electronic copy preferred)

The summary and reference letters must be written in language that a faculty member who is not in the same discipline as the nominee can clearly understand. 

CRITERIA

A faculty committee consisting of representatives from each of the professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences will review the nominations and recommend award recipients to the Provost. The committee's decision will be based on the methodological and substantive aspects of the nominated works, including but no limited to:

  • The overall scholarly contribution of the work
  • The quality of writing and organization of the dissertation or thesis
  • The originality or creativity of the work

The summary and letters of reference should directly address these specific areas, as well as any other observations that help delineate the excellence of the nominated work.  

Outstanding Graduate
Mentor Award

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. This award is intended to recognize the extraordinary efforts of individual faculty who serve as mentors to our graduate students and their outstanding contributions to students' academic, intellectual and professional development. We encourage all of our current graduate students to nominate their mentor today. You can submit the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award by attaching it here!

The deadline for nominations is MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017


AWARD DESCRIPTION

Faculty members from academic units offering a Master's or Doctoral Graduate Programs are eligible for the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. The faculty member will be awarded a personalized commemorative plaque at either the December or April Commencement.

The Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award recipient's academic Graduate Program will receive:

  • $1000 award to be paid to the faculty
  • $1000 award to support Graduate Student conference travel in the next academic calendar year 
FACULTY ELIGIBILITY
  • Tenured-track faculty member from an academic unit offering a Graduate Program
  • A nominee must have been active in Graduate Education at Oakland University for a minimum of 3 years
  • A nominee must not have won this award in the previous 5 years
  • Department Chairs and Graduate Program Coordinators are eligible

An Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award Recipient and their affiliated Graduate Program will not be eligible for the award again for 5 years. 

NOMINATIONS

Nominations may only be made by Graduate Students and all nomination materials must be prepared by the Graduate Students. If more than one student wishes to nominate the same faculty member, students may prepare one nomination form and nomination letter as a group. When submitting a group nomination, please select one member of the group as the primary nominator.

For full details including criteria, download the OUTSTANDING MENTOR NOMINATION FORM (Word document). 

Submitting Nomination Instructions:

  • Save a copy of the Nomination Form (in Word) to your computer
  • Complete the Nomination Form in Word
  • Save the file as a PDF. File name should include the year, nominator Last Name and nominee Last Name. (EX: 2015-Rammel-Smith.pdf)
  • Fill out the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM
  • Attach the PDF file to the WEB FORM 
  • Click "SUBMIT"

All sections of the Nomination Form must be completed and received by the published deadlines. The award selection committee will not review incomplete applications. 

SELECTION

The recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award will be selected by the award selection committee consisting of faculty and administrative representatives from Oakland University.

The award selection committee is appointed by the Dean of Graduate Education and shall include 3 members of the Graduate Council.

The decision of the scholarship selection committee is final and not subject to a review process.

 

 

Graduate
Assistantship
Forms

 

NEW AND CURRENT GRADUATE ASSISTANT

New Hire Checklist for the Graduate Student

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Guide

OU Statement on Taxability of Scholarships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistantship Guidelines 2013-14

 

UNITS INTERESTED IN CREATING A GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITION

Graduate Assistant 

 

UNITS HIRING A GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Academic Year Appointment Calendar

Graduate Assistant Classifications and Job Descriptions

Graduate Assistant Agreement 

Graduate Assistant Supplemental Detail Form

Graduate Assistant Hiring Process

Process for Employment of Foreign Nationals without Permanently Assigned SSN

Registration Requirements for Graduate Assistants

New Hire Checklist for Departments

New Hire Checklist for the Graduate Student

Graduate Assistant Termination

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Guide

OU Statement on Taxability of Scholarships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistantship Guidelines 2013-14

 

Policies
APPROVED CURRICULUM POLICIES
APPROVED GRADUATE STUDENT POLICIES

Graduate Students are governed by the policies of the University, Graduate Council and their Academic Programs. It is the responsibility of the Graduate Student to comply with these policies and procedures and all applicable Graduate Program requirements that govern the individual program of study. Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning administers academic policies and procedures and enforces Graduate degree requirements which are determined by the Graduate Council and are applicable to all Graduate Students. 

Visit the Graduate Catalog for all Student Policies and additional information.

Curriculum Guidelines & Forms

All Documents are in PDF Format unless otherwise noted. 





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