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WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award

2016 Call for Internal UW Nominations

The Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and University Microfilms International (UMI) are pleased to announce the 2016 WAGS/UMI Outstanding Innovation in Technology award.

This $1,500 award may be given either to a master’s thesis or to a doctoral dissertation and is intended to recognize the innovative application of technology to scholarship. Each member institution may submit one nomination for this award; internal UW submissions are due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m., June 20, 2016.

Eligibility Requirements

This award may be given either to a master’s thesis or to a doctoral dissertation for the development of an innovative technology and its utilization for the creative solution of a major problem. Each department may submit only one nomination. Nominations must be submitted by the department chair or graduate program coordinator. The UW Graduate School, in turn, will submit one nomination to the Western Association of Graduate Schools.

Guidelines for the 2016 WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award

  1. A nominee must have earned the master’s or doctoral degree within the period of July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. Nomination materials must include the following:
    1. The cover sheet.
    2. A summary prepared by the student (100-1,500 words) describing the research and how it demonstrates innovative or creative use of technology in the conduct of scholarship. This summary should be directed to a general academic audience of non-specialists.
    3. Letters from the major professor and one additional faculty member. The letters should include information regarding the significance of the technological innovations in the work for the discipline, and for the student’s department and institution.
    4. The nominee’s CV or resume.
  2. Initial screening will be based on:
    1. originality,
    2. creativity,
    3. scholarly significance of the use of technology and
    4. overall quality.
  3. The technological contribution to the degree program and/or the institution may also be considered. Finalists will be asked to provide three complete copies of the thesis or dissertation.

If selected by WAGS, the 2016 award consists of a certificate, $1,500 to the recipient, and travel expenses for the student and his or her advisor to receive the award at the association’s annual meeting.

Deadline and submission method

The above materials must be submitted electronically, combined into a single PDF c/o graddean@uw.edu by the deadline of 5 p.m., June 20, 2016. This is a firm deadline; in fairness to all nominators, no exceptions or extensions will be granted. Additionally, hard copy nominations will not be accepted.

Please save your file in this format:
LASTNAMENOMINEE, firstnamenominee – Nominee’sHomeDepartment – WAGS/UMI INNOVATION IN TECH 2016.pdf

David L. Eaton
Vice Provost and Dean, the Graduate School

Jerry Pangilinan
Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean, the Graduate School

UW Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to recognize UW recipients of the WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award:


Dr. Morgan Dixon, Computer Science & Engineering:  “Pixel-Based Reverse Engineering of Graphical Interfaces”


Dr. Sidhant Gupta, Computer Science & Engineering:  “ElectriSense: Single-Point Sensing Using EMI for Electrical Event Detection and Classification in the Home


Dr. Lucas Ting, Mechanical Engineering:  “Flow Mechanotransduction Response in Endothelial Cell Monolayers and Platelets”


Dr. Tapan Parikh, Computer Science & Engineering:  “Designing an Architecture for Delivering Mobile Information Services to the Rural Developing World”