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August 12, 2019

Final Examination: Dissertation Defense

A Final Examination may be scheduled if: (a) a student passed a General Examination in a previous quarter; (b) a reading committee is officially established with the Graduate School; (c) the reading committee has read an entire draft of the dissertation and; (d) the entire supervisory committee has agreed that the student is prepared and…


Doctoral Dissertation

A candidate must present a dissertation demonstrating original and independent investigation and achievement. A dissertation should reflect not only a mastery of research techniques, but also ability to select an important problem for investigation, and to deal with it competently. Normally, a dissertation is written in the English language. However, if there are circumstances that…


July 31, 2019

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship provides funding for dissertation research abroad for graduate students pursuing non-Western European area studies. Geographic areas include: Africa; East, Southeast, and South Asia, Pacific Islands; Near East; East Central Europe and Eurasia; and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).  UW DEADLINE: 9 a.m. PST on Monday, March 18, 2019…


Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Professions

The Graduate School Presidential Dissertation award is intended to assist Ph.D. candidates in the final stages of writing and completing their dissertations. The 2019-20 Dissertation Fellowship is a one-quarter award established with support of the University President. Two committees will meet to evaluate nominees: one for nominees in the arts and humanities, and one for…


June 28, 2019

Dissertation and Thesis Awards

Eligibility and nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Thesis Awards > Eligibility and nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Dissertation Awards > Eligibility and nominations for the 2019 WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award > Recipients The Graduate School is pleased to recognize the following recipients of the Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards, which recognize outstanding and exceptional…


Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Call for Nominations The deadlines for the Graduate School’s 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award, Distinguished Thesis Award, and the WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award have all passed. Deadlines for next year’s competition cycle will be announced early March 2018. Any questions about these awards should be directed to Jerry PangilinanAssistant to the Vice Provost and Dean,…


Access Options for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)

The Graduate School and the Libraries require that all UW theses and dissertations be submitted electronically for management efficiency, cost control, ease of dissemination, and long-term preservation reasons. In addition, your ETD must eventually be made available openly on the web. Your ETD will be hosted in both UW’s institutional repository, ResearchWorks, and in ProQuest’s ETD Database. …


Thesis/Dissertation

To graduate with a master’s (thesis program) or doctoral (dissertation program) degree, students are required to submit an Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) and a Committee Approval Form to the Graduate School through the UW ETD Administrator Site. ETDs are distributed by ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing and made available on an open access basis through UW Libraries ResearchWorks Service. The…


June 14, 2019

What You Need to Know about Human Subjects and Animal Subjects for Dissertations

by Professor Emeritus Melissa Austin, Public Health Genetics; Marina Alberti, professor, Urban Design and Planning; and Woody Sullivan, professor, Astrobiology Research involving animals or humans is an essential component of many dissertation research projects. Knowing how to comply with regulations governing human and animal research is critically important to many graduate students. These regulations enhance academic…


Turning Your Dissertation into a Book

by Lorri Hagman, executive editor, University of Washington Press Interested in publishing your dissertation as a book? You will likely need to revise it extensively so it will appeal to a wider audience and compete in the literary marketplace. Here are some guidelines to help you in this process. Timeline Allow plenty of time! The review process can…


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