Culminating Project

Thesis award information

St. Cloud State University Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award and Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award Nomination

2012 SCSU Distinguished Thesis Award Winner

Angela M. Brown, M.S. Social Responsibility, for her thesis entitled:

Queer Youth Community Organizing: Intents and Outcomes of Youth Mobilization in LGBTQ Service Programs

Thesis Abstract (.pdf)

Each year the Faculty Association Graduate Committee and the School of Graduate Studies recognize one outstanding thesis completed during the last academic year or summer with the SCSU Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. This thesis is then submitted by St. Cloud State University as its nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award.

Each master’s program with a thesis option is encouraged to select and submit one outstanding thesis. The thesis and letter of support from the department must be submitted by October 7. The School of Graduate Studies forwards the theses and letters of support to the chairperson of the SCSU Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award Committee. The committee then selects the SCSU Distinguished Master’s Thesis. The individual whose thesis is selected will receive a framed certificate and an award of $200.00 in a joint presentation by faculty representative, the President, and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Eligibility

Master’s degree-seeking candidates who completed a thesis during the last academic year or summer will be eligible to be nominated.

2013 Eligibility:

    • The thesis must have been completed and the master’s degree awarded between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

Starred papers and creative works cannot be considered for this award.

Nomination

Each program may submit one nomination with a supporting letter of not more than two pages from the thesis adviser. The thesis and letter of nomination may be submitted electronically in PDF format or as a paper version. If a paper copy is submitted, an unbound copy of the thesis is preferred.

Nomination Letter

The thesis adviser should briefly address the following:

  • the originality and importance of the research
  • the potential for significant contribution to the field

Deadline

Submit nomination materials to the School of Graduate Studies by October 7.

Tony Cooley, Graduate Assistant
School of Graduate Studies
121 Administrative Services Building
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Email: gagrad6@stcloudstate.edu
Telephone: 320.308.2113
Fax: 320.308.5371

Selection and Announcement of Awards

The School of Graduate Studies forwards the theses and letters of support to the chairperson of the St. Cloud State University Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award Committee. The committee selects the SCSU Distinguished Master’s Thesis. SCSU’s Outstanding Thesis is submitted to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools for consideration in their annual competition.

The SCSU award recipient will be announced November 15. The individual whose thesis is selected will receive a nomination for the MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award, a framed certificate, and an award of $200 in a joint presentation by faculty representatives, the President, and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award

For a number of years the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) has recognized scholarship and research at the master’s level through the MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award.

Each university in the Midwest is allowed to submit one thesis. From these, the MAGS award is selected. If selected by MAGS, the student receives a $750 honorarium from MAGS and travel expenses to attend the annual MAGS conference.

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