Thesis prizes and contests
Prizes awarded by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Prizes list and description
Who is eligible?
Any thesis recommended for a prize at the oral defence is eligible. In order to be eligible, the final version of the thesis must have been submitted electronically through uO Research between January 1st and December 31 of the previous year. A thesis submitted after December 31, will be considered for next year’s competition.
How to nominate candidates?
The graduate studies office of each faculty is responsible for pre-selecting and submitting the complete nomination files to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. If a thesis meets the eligibility requirements of more than one prize, it can be recommended for each one.
The faculty must ensure that the file contains a nomination letter of no more than two pages. The nomination letter must include the name of the student and describe the following:
- The reasons the thesis is deserving of the prize
- The nominee’s contribution to the body of research in the discipline
- The nominee’s contributions in other scholarly endeavours
- The nominee’s potential as a researcher
The letter must be signed by the nominee’s thesis supervisor, the chair of the nominee’s academic unit or the director of graduate studies.
- Thesis submission through uO Research: January 1st to December 31 of the previous calendar year.
- Submission of nomination files to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the home faculty: February 15, 2020
The winners are chosen in February-March among the recommendations of the faculties.
The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will strike a selection committee to review the nominees’ files.
The selection committee will announce the winners by May 15. Decisions are based on the examiners’ reports submitted prior to the oral defence and the nomination letter. Please note that in the case of a doctoral thesis, the external examiner’s report plays a major role in the decision.
Presentation of prizes
The winners of the Governor General’s Gold Medal will be announced at the Spring Convocation ceremonies. The medal will be handed in person to those winners who are present. As such, attendance at the ceremony of these recipients is especially important. All other prize winners will receive their certificate and prize money shortly after the Convocation.
The names of the winners and the prizes will be announced on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. A mention of the prize will also appear on winning students’ transcripts.
Recipients and nominees
Prizes list and description
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