Quirks & Quarks Graduate Award for Best PhD Thesis

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The Quirks & Quarks Graduate Award for Best PhD Thesis will be awarded annually from a portion of the income earned from the endowment fund.

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize the best PhD Thesis by a convocating doctoral student.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. successfully defended the thesis and completed all degree requirements within the twelve month period ending March 31st in a doctoral program in the Faculty of Science at SFU
    2. demonstrated academic and research excellence
  3. The student must be nominated for this award by the Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee (FSGSC) from a nomination package received from each department within the Faculty, consisting of the following:
    1. nomination letter from the Department Chair explaining the significance, impact and originality of the doctoral research and identifying the contribution made by the student as distinct from that by the supervisor of the research
    2. a one-page summary of the research written in plain language and signed by the student
    3. an up-to-date curriculum vitae that clearly indicates the student’s contributions to publications and collaborative research activities
    4. a copy of the external examiner’s pre-defense report on the thesis
    5. a current, unofficial SFU transcript
  4. Applications will be accepted on the new online graduate award system (GA3).
  5. The Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee will select one candidate from the nominations received and forward this to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on the nomination of the Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: May 2015 / GESR153

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