CAFNR Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation & MS Thesis Awards

Dissertation Award

Each doctoral degree program in CAFNR may submit one nomination to their respective division and the division will then send their nominee to the CAFNR Office of Research.

The effective date of the degree award or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation must be within the fall, spring, and summer semesters of the prior academic year. For example, students nominated for fall 2020 must have completed their degree and dissertation in fall 2019, spring 2020, or summer 2020.

Nominations should be submitted as a single pdf document by email attachment to Rhonda Turner in the CAFNR Office of Research.

The nomination should include:

  • An extended abstract that is up to 10 double-spaced, numbered pages plus appendices containing non-textual material such as charts or tables (not to exceed an additional five pages).
  • A letter of support from the nominee’s dissertation supervisor.
  • Include one additional letter from one of the following:
    • A member of the nominee’s dissertation committee
    • An expert of the nominee’s choice from within or outside the University

Nominations will be evaluated on:

  • Clarity of writing
  • Scholarship
  • Methods or approach
  • Contributions to the field

The nomination must be received by the CAFNR Office of Research by August 31st.

The CAFNR Research Council will review nominations and make the final selection.

The recipient will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and a certificate. The advisor will also receive a certificate.

Thesis Award

Each master’s degree program that offers a thesis based Master’s degree may submit one nomination to their respective division and the division will then send their nominee to the CAFNR Office of Research.

The effective date of the degree award or the completion of the master degree requirements and dissertation must be within the fall, spring, and summer semesters of the prior academic year. For example, students nominated for fall 2020 must have completed their degree and dissertation in fall 2019, spring 2020, or summer 2020.

Nominations should be submitted as a single pdf document by email attachment to Rhonda Turner in the CAFNR Office of Research.

The nomination should include:

  • An extended abstract that is up to 10 double-spaced, numbered pages plus appendices containing non-textual material such as charts or tables (not to exceed an additional five pages).
  • A letter of support from the nominee’s thesis supervisor.
  • Include one additional letter from one of the following:
    • A member of the nominee’s thesis committee
    • An expert of the nominee’s choice from within or outside the University

Nominations will be evaluated on:

  • Clarity of writing
  • Scholarship
  • Methods or approach
  • Contributions to the field

The nomination must be received by the CAFNR Office of Research by August 31st.

The CAFNR Research Council will review nominations and make the final selection.

The recipient will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and a certificate. The advisor will also receive a certificate.