Thesis prizes and contests
Prizes awarded by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Prizes list and description
Call for nominations
Ten prizes are now available for theses, six at the PhD level and four at the Master's. Supervisors and professors are invited to submit students nominations. If the unit offers both a Master's with thesis and a PhD program, one nomination at each level can be submitted. In some instances, an academic unit may submit two nominations at the Master's level; one for the Commission Prize, the other for the René Lupien Prize, provided there are theses that meet the criteria.
Who is eligible?
For all prizes
Students at the Master's or PhD levels who have completed an outstanding thesis are eligible for prizes. The examiners' pre-defence reports play a major role. For doctoral theses, the external examiner's pre-defence report is very important. Please note that to be included in the competition, the final version of the thesis must have been submitted before December 31 of the previous year. Theses submitted after that date are included in the following year's competition.
For Joseph De Koninck prize
All theses that have been recommended for a prize in an Interdisciplinary program either self standing or Collaborative are eligible and must be presented. Selection is made by a central committee and is based on all recommended theses at the oral defence. The final version of the thesis must have been submitted to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies before December 31 of the previous year. Theses submitted after that date are included in the following year's competition.
The same thesis can be presented for the Joseph De Koninck Prize and for one of the “general” thesis prizes.
How to nominate candidates?
Provide a letter (maximum two pages) addressed to the attention of the Executive Committee of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies outlining the following:
- the merits of the thesis;
- the student's contribution to the thesis research, if appropriate; the student's contribution in other areas of scholarly endeavour;
- his or her potential as a researcher.
The letter can be signed by the thesis director; or the Chair of the academic unit or the Director of Graduate Studies. Also provide the student's curriculum vitae, including any publications.
The winners are chosen in February-March from among the eligible theses for the previous calendar year.
Presentation of prizes
Only the winners of the Governor General's Gold Medal will be announced at the Spring Convocation. The medal will be handed in person to those winners who are present. Even though the other prize recipients are not announced, their name and the prize they won will appear in the Fall Convocation program. A copy of the program, a certificate and a cheque will be mailed to each winner approximately two weeks after Convocation. It is hoped that students receiving a Gold Medal will be able to attend.
Recipients and nominees
Prizes list and description
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