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Distinguished Culminating Experience Awards

The Graduate Council's Distinguished Research Awards Committee offers Distinguished Culminating Experience Awards at the master- and doctoral-level. These awards were created to recognize and reward distinguished  graduate scholarship and research at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

The Distinguished Culminating Experience Awards are 

  • Master's Awards
    • Master's Thesis Option (theses, clinical papers, and field projects subject to formatting by the Office of Graduate Studies)
    • Master's Culminating Experience Project Option (field reports, capstone projects, reflective journeys, applied research, etc., that are not subject to formatting by the Office of Graduate Studies)
  • Doctoral Awards
    • Doctoral Dissertation Option (dissertations subject to formatting by the Office of Graduate Studies)
    • Doctoral Culminating Experience Project Option (capstone projects not subject to formatting by the Office of Graduate Studies)



Graduate Students must have successfully defended their culminating experience project, and officially graduate (or will graduate) from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The project must be in a format that conforms to the accepted disciplinary standards, and it must have been accepted as final by the program and the Office of Graduate Studies (where appropriate). Students may only be nominated once. Specific eligibility requirements are provided on the nomination forms. 

Nomination Procedures

A faculty advisor or graduate program coordinator must put forth the nomination of the outstanding culminating experience project. The selection process within the program is each program's responsibility. Four students will be selected to receive a Distinguished Culminating Experience Award; one from the Master's Thesis Option, one from the Master's Culminating Experience Project Option, one from the Doctoral Dissertation Option, and one from the Doctoral Culminating Experience Project Option. Students should be nominated for a specific award depending on the type of culminating project completed.

Each program may nominate up to two students for each award. If nominations for more than two students are received from a program, only the the first two received will be accepted. The nominee must have been, or will be, awarded a UW Oshkosh graduate degree. 

Selection Process

Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2018. A subcommittee of the Graduate Council will review all nominations, and forward their recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies or the Director of Graduate Services.