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SDSU Distinguished Dissertation Award

2024 SDSU Distinguished Dissertation Award – Deadline April 11, 2024

This award recognizes a doctoral student who has completed a dissertation representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to their discipline.

There are two broad fields of competition that rotate yearly: Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering; and the Social Sciences OR Biological and Life Sciences, and Humanities and Fine Arts. If a dissertation is multi- or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by at least one of the fields of competition.


  • The effective date of the degree awarded, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must be within the period of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024, inclusive, for each nominee selected. Such degree award or completion is to be confirmed by the Graduate School.

Nominations must include:

  • Completion of electronic form
  • Abstract of nominee’s dissertation
  • Three letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the dissertation work. One of these letters must be from the nominee’s dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the nominee’s dissertation committee, and the third a person of the nominee’s choice.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed 5 pages)

PLEASE NOTE: All parts of the nomination should be uploaded when completing the electronic form. Questions can be directed to Grad School

The Distinguished Dissertation award operates on a two-year cycle with regard to fields of competition. For 2024, the fields will be Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering OR Social Sciences.

Award information

The award recipient will be selected by a committee of graduate faculty. The recipient will receive a certificate and $250 cash prize. The SDSU awardee’s dissertation will also be submitted to the national CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards competition, with the opportunity to receive $2,000 and travel costs to attend the CGS Annual Award Luncheon in December 2024.