UW Graduate School

WAGS/ProQuest Innovation in Technology Award

Call for Internal Nominations

The Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and ProQuest are pleased to announce the 2021 WAGS/ProQuest Innovation in Technology award. This award is given for the development of innovative technology in a thesis or dissertation and its utilizations for the creative solution of a major problem.  This award recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement at the master’s or doctoral level.

If chosen by WAGS/Proquest, the recipient will receive $1,000, a Certificate of Award, and travel expenses for the recipient to attend the WAGS Annual Conference and Awards luncheon (dates and locations TBA).  

Internal UW submissions are due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m., May 18, 2021. 

Eligibility Requirements and Submission Guidelines

Each department can submit only one nomination. 

Nominees must have successfully defended and submitted the final copy of their thesis or dissertation towards the master’s or doctoral degree within the period of July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.  

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. 

Nomination Packets

Nomination files must include the following: 

  1. The nomination file cover sheet
  2. A non-technical summary prepared by the student (100-1,500 words) describing the research and how it demonstrates or resulted in the development of innovative technology in the conduct of scholarship. This summary should be directed to a general academic audience of non-specialists.
  3. An abstract of the nominee-s research (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages).  Appendices containing non-textual materials, such as charts or tables, may be included as additional pages.  All pages should be numbered, and each should bear the name of the nominee.
  4. Two nomination letters:  One letter from the department head or major professor and one letter from an additional faculty member. The letters should include information regarding the significance of the study to the program of the degree granting unit, and the broader impact of the innovation on the knowledge base of the discipline.  
  5. The nominee’s CV or resume (not to exceed five pages). 

Initial screening will be based on: 

  1. Originality of the study; 
  2. Scope and significance of the study; 
  3. Contribution to the discipline and/or profession; and 
  4. Overall quality of the summary and abstract of the thesis or dissertation. 

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., May 18, 2021. 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: LAST NAME NOMINEE, first name nominee – Nominee’s Home Department – INNOVATION IN TECH.pdf

Nomination materials should be addressed to

Joy Williamson-Lott
Dean of The Graduate School

Questions should be directed to

Jerry Pangilinan
Assistant to the Dean